Kanye West claims LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault ‘killed’ Virgil Abloh in wild rant


Kanye West is at it again, this time hurling accusations pertaining to his friend Virgil Abloh, the late designer.

After sparking controversy during Paris fashion week when he unveiled a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt graphic in his Yeezy Season 9 fashion show Monday, Ye defended his designs in a series of Instagram rants.

In one of his tirades, the 45-year-old self-proclaimed genius wrote on Instagram that Bernard Arnault, the CEO of the largest conglomerate of luxury brands, LVMH, “killed” the beloved Off-White designer, who died of cancer last year at age 41.

“SPANK MY HAND WITH THE RULER(S) I’LL GO SIT IN THE ‘PRINCIPAL(S)’ OFFICE,” West captioned a photo of a statue. “CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT MORE IMPORTANT THINGS? LIKE HOW LATE THE SHOW WAS, OR HOW BERNARD ARNAULT KILLED MY BEST FRIEND.”

“EVERYONE’S GOT A RIGHT TO AN OPINION RIGHT THERE’S MINE,” he added.

The Post has reached out to reps for West and Louis Vuitton for comment.

Abloh, who gained a loyal following in the fashion world thanks to his streetwear brand Off-White, died on Nov. 28, 2021, after a two-year private battle with cancer.

Kanye West and Virgil Abloh after the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week.
Kanye West and Virgil Abloh after the Louis Vuitton menswear spring 2019 show as part of Paris fashion week
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Abloh became the first black person to ever be appointed the artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear in May 2018. In July 2021, he was given greater creative control across the LVMH brand, which also purchased a 60% stake in Off-White.

He and West were friends and creative collaborators — Abloh was even a groomsman in West’s wedding to Kim Kardashian — and the two shared a sweet, viral embrace at the end of Abloh’s first LV menswear show.

Tremaine Emory, founder of Denim Tears and the creative director of Supreme, didn’t take kindly to West’s mention of Abloh, writing in his own Instagram post, “Keep Virgil name out your mouth.”

West made the claim about Abloh's death while defending his new "White Lives Matter" t-shirts.
West made the claim about Abloh’s death while defending his new “White Lives Matter” T-shirts.
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“Ye tell the ppl why you didn’t get invited to Virgil’s actual funeral the one before the public one at the museum,” Emory wrote. “You knew Virgil had terminal cancer and you rode on him in group chats, at yeezy, interviews … YOU ARE SO BROKEN. KEEP VIRGIL NAME OUT YOUR MOUTH.”

Emory also defended Vogue contributing editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, who attended the Yeezy show and later called West’s WLM shirts in an Instagram Story “pure violence.”

Ye put the editor on blast in several Instagram posts, some of which critiqued her appearance.

“This is not a fashion person You speak on Ye Ima speak on you Ask Trevor Noah,” he wrote. “I KNOOOOOOW ANNA HAAAATES THESE BOOTS.”

Chairman and Chief Executive of LVMH Bernard Arnault poses following the presentation of the group's environmental "Life" program (LVMH Initiatives For the Environment) on September 25, 2019.
Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault in 2019
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Kanye West and Stylist Virgil Abloh pose after the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 21, 2018 in Paris, France.
West and Abloh were friends and collaborators. The late designer was even a groomsman in West’s wedding to Kim Kardashian.
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“KEEP @gabriellak_j NAME OUT YOUR MOUTH,” Emory said. “Your not a victim your just an insecure narcissist that’s dying for validation from the fashion world [sic].”

West posted a screenshot of Emory’s post to his own feed and later added a caption: “IN WAR THEY WILL SEND YOUR OWN PEOPLE AT YOU … GOOD ONE BERNARD.”

Model Gigi Hadid also weighed in on West’s designs, commenting on one of his posts in defense of Karefa-Johnson.

“You wish u had a percentage of her intellect,” she wrote. “You have no idea haha … If there’s actually a point to any of your s–t she might be the only person that could save u. As if the ‘honor’ of being invited to your show should keep someone from giving their opinion ..?

“Lol. You’re a bully and a joke,” Hadid concluded.