Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and daughter North at Virgil Abloh tribute show in Miami


Stars celebrated the ‘life and legacy’ of Virgil Abloh by attending a presentation of the late fashion designer’s final Louis Vuitton collection in Miami on Tuesday.

Kim Kardashian and her estranged husband Kanye West – who were close friends with Abloh – were seated front row for the runway show with their eight-year-old daughter North.

Abloh, who tragically passed away at the age of 41 after a private battle with a rare form of cancer, severed as men’s artistic director for Louis Vuitton from 2018 until his death. 

Family affair: Kim Kardashian and her estranged husband Kanye West - who were close friends with Abloh - were seated front row with their eight-year-old daughter North for Lous Vuitton's Virgil Abloh tribute show in Miami on Tuesday

Family affair: Kim Kardashian and her estranged husband Kanye West – who were close friends with Abloh – were seated front row with their eight-year-old daughter North for Lous Vuitton’s Virgil Abloh tribute show in Miami on Tuesday

Honoring a friend: Kanye was captured posing for photos with Kim and North, as well as several other tribute attendees

Honoring a friend: Kanye was captured posing for photos with Kim and North, as well as several other tribute attendees

Honoring a friend: Kanye was captured posing for photos with Kim and North, as well as several other tribute attendees

Virgil’s Spring-Summer 2022 runway collection was showcased during the Tribute presentation, titled VIRGIL WAS HERE, that commenced at 5:30PM Eastern Time.

‘All new looks from the French fashion directly inspired by Abloh’ also made their way down the runway, according to TMZ.

The outlet also revealed that upon the show’s conclusion, the Louis Vuitton design team ‘a standing round of ovation from those in attendance followed by Virgil’s voice saying, “Life is so short that you can’t waste a day subscribing to what someone thinks you can do vs. what you CAN do” and a beautiful firework show with the city of Miami backdrop.’

Images show Kid Cudi, who also had close ties the late Louis Vuitton menswear designer, was a featured model.

Upon arrival, Kardashian took to her Instagram Story to share images of a towering statue made in Abloh’s image and drenched in vibrant shades of red, blue, and orange.

Celebration of life: Stars celebrated the 'life and legacy' of Virgil Abloh by attending a presentation of the late fashion designer's final Louis Vuitton collection in Miami on Tuesday

Celebration of life: Stars celebrated the ‘life and legacy’ of Virgil Abloh by attending a presentation of the late fashion designer’s final Louis Vuitton collection in Miami on Tuesday

Legacy: Abloh, who tragically passed away at the age of 41 after a private battle with a rare form of cancer, severed as men's artistic director for Louis Vuitton from 2018 until his death

Legacy: Abloh, who tragically passed away at the age of 41 after a private battle with a rare form of cancer, severed as men’s artistic director for Louis Vuitton from 2018 until his death

Along with the statue, Kim snapped a photo of a red hot air balloon adorned with Louis Vuitton’s moniker as it hovered over the event’s outdoor venue. 

The balloon was featured in a touching two-minute visual made by Louis Vuitton in Virgil’s honor that was shared to the brand’ official Instagram account.

Once the sun had set, Kim returned to Instagram to share images of Virgil’s initials hovering in the sky above the runway show.

Last collection: Virgil's Spring-Summer 2022 runway collection was showcased during the Tribute presentation, titled VIRGIL WAS HERE, that commenced at 5:30PM Eastern Time

Last collection: Virgil’s Spring-Summer 2022 runway collection was showcased during the Tribute presentation, titled VIRGIL WAS HERE, that commenced at 5:30PM Eastern Time

Tribute: Upon arrival, Kardashian took to her Instagram Story to share images of a towering statue made in Abloh's image and drenched in vibrant shades of red, blue, and orange

Tribute: Upon arrival, Kardashian took to her Instagram Story to share images of a towering statue made in Abloh's image and drenched in vibrant shades of red, blue, and orange

Tribute: Upon arrival, Kardashian took to her Instagram Story to share images of a towering statue made in Abloh’s image and drenched in vibrant shades of red, blue, and orange

Awe-inspiring: Once the sun had set, Kim returned to Instagram to share images of light displays hovering over the tribute runway show

Awe-inspiring: Once the sun had set, Kim returned to Instagram to share images of light displays hovering over the tribute runway show

Another light display read: Virgil was here’  

In wake of Abloh’s passing, Kim shared a touching tribute to her late friend while also sending ‘so much love’ to his grieving wife Shannon on Monday.

The 41-year-old reality TV star notably posted a gallery of snaps of herself with Abloh and Shannon along with a poignant caption.

Meanwhile Kanye deleted all posts from his Instagram after the death of his close confidant amid his secret cancer battle.

Iconic: One display wrote out Virgil's initials in white twinkle lights

Iconic: One display wrote out Virgil’s initials in white twinkle lights

Atmosphere: As Kim made her way around the venue she captured a brief video of different rainbow light setups

Atmosphere: As Kim made her way around the venue she captured a brief video of different rainbow light setups 

Kardashian shared with her 266million followers: ‘God doesn’t make mistakes. I know that but I still can’t help but ask why. Why Virgil?! Why him so soon?

‘it’s simply hard to understand why. I have a hard time understanding why so many pure souls were taken away so early. Virgil- you were always so gentle, kind and calm. You somehow made time for everyone.

‘We also talked about your superpower of calmness often. You always gave so much of yourself to the world because you wanted it to be doper. This one is hard to process. I can’t even believe I am writing this… We will miss you so much Virgil and love you so much.’

Kim also shared an image of herself with Virgil’s wife Shannon at his first ever runway show for Louis Vuitton in Paris back in June 2018.

Close ties: Kim Kardashian and her estranged husband Kanye West were close friends with Abloh; Kim, Virgil, and Kanye pictured in 2019

Close ties: Kim Kardashian and her estranged husband Kanye West were close friends with Abloh; Kim, Virgil, and Kanye pictured in 2019 

She wanted to make sure Shannon felt the love along with their two children together as she concluded the message writing: ‘Also I would love to send so much love to his wife Shannon. Because you loved and supported Virgil the way that you did, he was able to give so much of himself everyone else.

‘So thank you truly for sharing him with us the way that you did. Virgil’s legacy will live on forever through Shannon, Lowe and Grey. [turtle dove emoji]’

Their close relationship was well documented with the gallery of images as the final one showed Virgil DJing the celebration right after Kanye had popped the question to Kim at AT&T Park in San Francisco back in 2013.

Sweet: Kim Kardashian shared a touching tribute to Abloh after his death and said that she wanted to send 'so much love' to his wife Shannon

Sweet: Kim Kardashian shared a touching tribute to Abloh after his death and said that she wanted to send ‘so much love’ to his wife Shannon

Kardashian shared with her 266million followers: 'God doesn¿t make mistakes. I know that but I still can¿t help but ask why. Why Virgil?! Why him so soon?'

Kardashian shared with her 266million followers: ‘God doesn’t make mistakes. I know that but I still can’t help but ask why. Why Virgil?! Why him so soon?’

Back in the day: She shared an image of herself aboard a private jet with Stephanie Shepherd and Kourtney Kardashian

Back in the day: She shared an image of herself aboard a private jet with Stephanie Shepherd and Kourtney Kardashian

There were also images of Virgil playing basketball with Kanye when Kim had rented out The Staples Center in Los Angeles for his 38th birthday in June 2015.

Before wiping his Instagram, Kanye’s weekly Sunday Service was a memorial to Virgil.

‘In loving memory of Virgil Abloh, the creative director of Donda,’ West, 44, said in a message on the site he streams the service on.

'Also I would love to send so much love to his wife Shannon': Kim also shared an image of herself with Virgil's wife Shannon at his first ever runway show for Louis Vuitton runway show in Paris back in June 2018

‘Also I would love to send so much love to his wife Shannon’: Kim also shared an image of herself with Virgil’s wife Shannon at his first ever runway show for Louis Vuitton runway show in Paris back in June 2018

Tight knit: There were several photos of Virgil, Ye, and Kim together throughout the years

Tight knit: There were several photos of Virgil, Ye, and Kim together throughout the years

Abloh’s family issued a statement about his death on his Instagram account, saying that ‘for over two years, Virgil valiantly battled a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma.

‘He chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture.’

Abloh’s family said that ‘through it all, his work ethic, infinite curiosity, and optimism never wavered,’ and that he ‘was driven by his dedication to his craft and to his mission to open doors for others and create pathways for greater equality in art and design.’

Abloh’s relatives thanked his fans for their ‘love and support’ and requested privacy amid the grieving process.

The latest: Before wiping his Instagram, Kanye's weekly Sunday Service was a memorial to Virgil. Ye, 44, and Abloh were seen together in 2018 in Paris

The latest: Before wiping his Instagram, Kanye’s weekly Sunday Service was a memorial to Virgil. Ye, 44, and Abloh were seen together in 2018 in Paris 

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