The fashion world is in mourning following the death of American designer Virgil Abloh at the age of 41.
On Sunday night, it was announced that Virgil – who has collaborated with Louis Vuitton and served as CEO of the fashion house Off-White – had died following a private battle with cancer.
Since then, a wave of high-profile celebrities and figures from the fashion industry have been paying their respects on social media.
Kanye West worked with Virgil on his creative agency Donda, and paid tribute to the late designer on the brand’s website with a message that read: “IN LOVING MEMORY OF VIRGIL ABLOH THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF DONDA.”
Donatella Versace posted a picture of herself and Virgil with supermodel Naomi Campbell on her Instagram page, writing that she felt “lost for words” at the news.
Naomi then commented on the post with a string of broken hearts.
British Vogue editor Edward Enninful hailed the designer for having “changed the fashion industry” in his lifetime.
“Virgil believed that anything was possible for humankind, if only we could tear ourselves away from unconscious biases and norms and reassume the imagination we had as children,” he wrote.
“His achievements won’t just live on. They will continue to evolve, because we are only seeing the beginning of his impact on the creative industries and surrounding world.”
Other stars who knew and worked with Virgil – including Pharrell Williams, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd and Victoria Beckham – have also paid tribute online, as have many fashion brands:
My heart is broken
Virgil you were a kind, generous, thoughtful creative genius
your work as a human and your work as a spiritual being will live forever
Sending love and light to your wife, children, family and day ones
you’re with the Master now, shine
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) November 28, 2021
Virgil was here.
In loving memory of Virgil Abloh, Louis Vuitton pays tribute to the life and legacy of a creative genius with a presentation of his Spring-Summer 2022 Collection in Miami on November 30th at 5:30 pm (ET). pic.twitter.com/3QwXJRkfin
— Louis Vuitton (@LouisVuitton) November 29, 2021
The Versace team would like to extend our deepest condolences at the sad news of Virgil Abloh’s passing. A visionary within the world of fashion, his presence will be deeply missed and his legacy with us forever. pic.twitter.com/M3D4k3vVJX
— VERSACE (@Versace) November 28, 2021
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 28, 2021
Rest in Power @virgilabloh … gone too soon but your legacy lives on. Stretched culture & the changed the game. Thank you for all you did to support so many & how you pushed us to reimagine what’s possible 🤍
— Riz Ahmed (@rizwanahmed) November 28, 2021
Virgil is survived by his wife Shannon Abloh, with whom he had two children.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.