He's cancelled a number of public appearances, and his Spring 2020 Off-White show will go on without him.
Virgil Abloh's longtime busy schedule, which includes but is not limited to: designing for Off-White and Louis Vuitton, multiple brand collaborations and DJ gigs around the world, has now taken a toll on his health. According to Vogue.com, Abloh will be taking a medical leave of rest for the next three months, and as a result, he will not be attending his Off-White Spring 2020 runway show during Paris Fashion Week. He's also cancelled a few other scheduled public appearances, including ones for Nike, Ikea, Vogue's Forces of Fashion conference in October and the opening of his exhibition "Figures of Speech" at the High Museum in Atlanta in November.
"I was just tired, so I went to the doctor," Abloh told Vogue.com's Nicole Phelps. "Ultimately, everything is fine, but the doctor told me 'this pace that you’ve sort of pushed your body — to fly all these miles, do all these different projects — is not good for your health.'"
Though Abloh did not share any additional details about his medical condition, he did reveal that he tailored the upcoming Off-White show to work in his absence, and that it will now include an audience participation component. For the remainder of his time off, Abloh will be based in his hometown of Chicago with his family, and we wish him a speedy and rest-filled recovery.
"Virgil Abloh shared today that he is shifting gears to a pace less than his usual constant work and travel, for a few months, due to health considerations. ... He continues to work closely with his teams at Louis Vuitton Men's and Off-White™ as well as with brands he collaborates with around the world," said an Off-White representative in an official statement.