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Kanye West and Drake pay tribute to late Louis Vuitton designer Virgil Abloh — The Citizen



Top US trend designer Virgil Abloh, the inventive director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear assortment, died Sunday aged 41 after battling most cancers for a number of years, the style and luxurious home’s French house owners LVMH introduced.

Abloh, the primary black American inventive director of a prime French trend home, introduced streetwear comparable to hoodies and sneakers to the catwalk.

He transcended the style world and his premature loss of life on the peak of his profession despatched shockwaves throughout the globe, with tributes pouring in from rival design homes but in addition actors and sportspeople for a person seen as a deeply humane visionary.

“We are all shocked by this horrible news. Virgil was not solely a genius designer, a visionary, but in addition a person with a lovely soul and nice knowledge,” LVMH chief govt Bernard Arnault mentioned in a press release.

“The LVMH household joins me on this second of nice sorrow and we’re all considering of his family members after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother or their buddy,” he added within the assertion posted on LVMH’s Twitter account.

The group mentioned he had been “battling privately” towards most cancers for a number of years.

Abloh was chosen to be the inventive director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear assortment in 2018. His dad and mom had immigrated to the United States from Ghana.

LVMH additionally introduced earlier this 12 months it was taking a majority stake within the luxurious streetwear label Off-White created by Abloh. LVMH took a 60-per cent stake in Off-White and Abloh retained 40 per cent.

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Abloh has addressed each environmental and social points in his work with Louis Vuitton, with anti-racist and anti-homophobia messages at his January present in Paris.

He mentioned earlier this 12 months he deliberate to use his partnership with LVMH “to increase alternatives for various people and foster better fairness and inclusion within the industries we serve”.

Kim Jones, the inventive director of menswear at French trend home Dior mentioned: “So unhappy to hear about the passing of pricey Virgil, one of many kindest folks you possibly can ever meet.”

Rival Italian luxurious trend home Gucci hailed Abloh as an “immense inspiration to us all each as a designer and as an individual. 

“He will probably be deeply missed although his imaginative and prescient will stay on by means of the paths that he blazed all through his profession,” Gucci added on its Twitter account.

‘No one will forget impression’ –

The king of luxurious streetwear, Abloh had established himself inside just a few years as one of the crucial sought-after designers on the earth.

His trademark was a mode reflecting avenue tradition, with sneakers and sweatshirts, but in addition an simply recognisable brand, manufactured from indirect black and white bands. He loved profitable collaborations with the likes of Nike, Jimmy Choo and Moncler. 

Abloh created his first label, Pyrex Vision, in 2012. 

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A 12 months later, Off-White was born, a luxurious streetwear model, which received a following by means of its eye-catching branding earlier than evolving in the direction of extra “couture” creations. 

Abloh was one in all a handful of trend designers who had a detailed following effectively past the trade and was a star identify in his personal proper.

Long-time buddy and collaborator Kanye West devoted his weekly gathering “Sunday Service” to Abloh, with a live-streamed choir rendition of Adele’s new hit “Easy On Me”. 

Canadian rapper Drake thanked Abloh “for all the things” in an Instagram post. 

“Love you eternally brother,” he wrote.

US singer Pharrell Williams additionally took to Instagram with a tribute, writing: “Virgil you had been a form, beneficiant, considerate inventive genius your work as a human and your work as a religious being will stay ceaselessly.

“Sending love and gentle to your spouse, kids, household… you’re with the Master now, shine.”

On Twitter, French soccer star Kylian Mbappe posted: “RIP VIRGIL ABLOH. No one will forget the impression you had. God bless you, my buddy.”

British actor Idris Elba additionally tweeted, saying, “Too quickly Virgil. You will probably be missed from this world man.” 

Fellow British actor Riz Ahmed added that Abloh had “stretched tradition” and “modified the sport”, serving to to “reimagine what’s doable”.

French actor Omar Sy, famed for his position within the Netflix collection Lupin, wrote merely on Twitter: “Rest in Power Virgil.”

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‘She got that ring with her own money’



Actor turned musician, Naak MusiQ (actual identify Anga Makubalo), has declared news of his engagement to very long time girlfriend Robyn Mentor “pretend news.”

Naak MusiQ tweeted this in response to a “report” by social media blogger Musa Khawula who assumed that they had been engaged primarily based on a current video shared by Robyn.

“I got my ring again” she wrote on a video exhibiting her sporting a halo ring, just like this Micheal Kors design on her left hand.

According to ZAlebs, Naak MusiQ additionally tweeted and deleted a proof that learn as follows:

“Stop this, she didn’t reveal sh*t. Neither did she make any announcement, neither is it any of your business, to be sincere.”

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“She got that ring with her own money. Where she places it’s her alternative. Stay in your lane. WTF!”

He appears to have deleted the tweets after it prompted some confusion amongst Twitter customers who thought that he was denying the existence of their relationship and never simply the misunderstanding that he and Robyn had been engaged.

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Robyn is a vitamin specialist, a well being and sweetness influencer, and a health fanatic like Naak MusiQ.

The first official post publicly documenting their relationship was posted on Robyn’s account in November 2020, though they’re rumoured to have been relationship for for much longer. Naak MusiQ has no photographs of himself and Robyn on his profile.

Even although Naak has not acted shortly, he’s greatest identified for his roles within the fashionable South African TV exhibits like Generations, Z’bondiwe and Isidingo.

Naak MusiQ additionally lately made headlines for agreeing to get into the boxing ring with rapper Cassper Nyovest after the latter’s struggle with vlogger Slik Talk.

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‘Grootman’ Somizi’s first Cape Town holiday with his ‘grandbaby’



Actor, media persona and choreographer Somizi Mhlongo won’t look a day older than 35, however the former Idols Judge not too long ago grew to become a ‘Grootman’ to the cutest little woman.

Somizi’s daughter Bahumi Madisakwane not too long ago took to Instagram to share the sweetest video clip of her father rocking and kissing his new “grandbaby”.

The 4-month-old child woman, Shona Twala is the daughter of household pals of Somizi and Bahumi, who has been the proper doting aunt, even beginning an Instagram account for her cute little ‘niece’.

Somizi, who has been vacationing within the Western Cape with family and friends, has his followers inexperienced with envy each time he shares snaps of his luxurious Cape Town holiday on Instagram.

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While the principle exercise on the 49-year-old’s holiday agenda appears to have been sipping Champagne, lapping up the solar, and serving appears, he additionally had his flip babysitting his new “grandbaby”.

He is unquestionably the best granddad anybody can ask for, judging by the dance movies he has been sharing.

For a ‘Grootman’ Somizi’s hips are very unfastened and his strikes are envied by 18-year-olds all over the place, however as a choreographer we should always know that dancing is a giant a part of his life.

His followers and followers have been additionally actually glad to see him so joyful and having such a good time. 2021 was a troublesome 12 months for the media persona, after he was fired from his job at each Idols and Kaya 959 following abuse allegations in opposition to him by his ex Mohale Motaung.

2022 appears to be a a lot brighter 12 months for him as manufacturing for his actuality present Living the Dream with Somizi might be resuming.

The collection, which kicked off in 2018, has been confirmed for a fourth season.

The actuality present will observe the flamboyant entertainer round as he juggles life, and whereas he has been very quiet about the main points across the filming of this new season, we are able to’t assist however surprise if the video clips of him racing up a Cape Town road in numerous colored Ferrari’s may truly be a sneak preview of what we are able to count on to see on this new actuality present.

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Celebs who went to the Western Cape this festive season — The Citizen



There is a notion that “everybody” flocks to the Western Cape throughout the festive season and December 2021 was no totally different, particularly for our native celebs.

In addition to seeing social media posts from folks you understand personally residing it up the coastal province, your timeline was in all probability stuffed with footage and movies of most of your favorite celebrities having fun with their break day in the Western Cape.

Take a take a look at a few of the well-known faces who had been residing it up in Cape Town and surrounding areas.

Minnie Dlamini

The actress and TV presenter lately returned to the Western Cape, this time for a ladies journey along with her pals Azola Mona, Thandile Mbana and Unathi Nkayi.

She additionally shut down Instagram in some bikini footage displaying off her wonderful physique and trim, toned midsection.

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Minnie Dlamini in Cape Town | Picture: Instagram

One of the many celebs in the province at the identical time was disgraced radio host Unathi Nkayi. She and Minnie even bumped into worldwide celebrity Jidena.


Somizi in the Western Cape on vacation | Picture: Instagram by Bentley Photography

After dropping some jobs in the wake of the public breakdown of his marriage, Somizi appears to have chosen “optimistic vibes solely”.

He has been on what looks as if one lengthy trip which culminated in a visit to Cape Town.

Not solely has he been frolicking poolside however he additionally sparked rumours of a brand new romance.


Another younger girl who shut down the web is influencer Mihlali Ndamase who is in the Western Cape for a lady’s journey along with her bestie Tebby Leburu.

Although she has been posting content material often, it’s her bikini pics that obtained tongues wagging and sparked rumours of their very own when social media customers speculated that she had beauty surgical procedure to look the means she does.

“These folks hit the fitness center for [a] couple of days, make noise about it then go for surgical procedures than come again with new our bodies mxm. There’s no means that Mihlali misplaced weight this quick,” tweeted @CarlosNubian.

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Mihlali wasted no time in clapping again in opposition to the allegations.

“If solely you knew [how] terrified I’m to go beneath the knife, therefore why I opted to eating regimen until I attain my physique targets, however go off mami,” started the influencer.

“Also let’s say I went in for surgical procedure, why’s it your business?” she added.

“I labored very arduous to get this physique, I want y’all wouldn’t be bizarre about that,” concluded Mihlali.

Lerato Kganyago

Metro FM host, membership DJ and entrepreneur Lerato Kganyago additionally made her means to Cape Town after Christmas to ring in the new yr along with her celeb pals.

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Lerato Kganyago in Cape Town | Picture: Instagram

Sarah Langa

Influencer Sarah Langa was additionally in the Western Cape, alongside the likes of Amanda DuPont, Nqobile Khwezi, Faith Nketsi and Londie London to identify a couple of.

In truth, most of the aforementioned celebs had been current for well-liked Soweto hangout spot Konka’s personal journey to Cape Town with its pop-up type venue.

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Amanda Dupont, Sarah Langa, Nqobile Khwezi on a yacht off the coast of the Western Cape | Picture: Instagram

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