French fashion house Louis Vuitton announced that Virgil Abloh would be the next artistic director for the brand’s menswear collection, becoming the first person of African descent to hold this title and one of the few black designers to make it to the top of a major European house. Abloh, who succeeds Kim Jones, is the owner of Milan-based street wear brand Off-White. Abloh’s first show with Louis Vuitton is scheduled for the Paris Men’s Fashion Week in June.
The awards season for theater was officially opened with the Olivier Awards crowning the best of the British stage. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster hit Hamilton, nominated for 13 awards, took home seven trophies including best musical, tying with Matilda for the most wins ever. Jez Butterworth’s drama The Ferryman brought home awards for best new play, best actress for Laura Donnelly and best director for Sam Mendes. Bryan Cranston won best actor for Network, expanding his ever-growing list of accolades. Stephen Sondheim’s musical Follies became the best musical revival and Angels in America received best revival and best actress in a supporting role for Denise Gough, who is currently reprising her role on Broadway.
Following a streak of economic turmoil and inner scandals, New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art decided to turn a new page by picking the current head of Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Max Hollein, as The Met’s new director. Known for his deep understanding of both classical and contemporary arts, as well as for his good eye for technology, Vienna-born Hollein will be the museum’s first director not to come from the Met in six decades, signaling that the institution is ready to make bold moves to embrace change and fully step into the 21st century.
Drake continued to cement his powerful position, as his single “God’s Plan” spent its 11th week at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, becoming the rapper’s longest chart-topper, as well as the fourth song in the chart’s history to spend at least 11 consecutive weeks at the top of the charts after debuting at No. 1. The Weeknd made an impressive comeback, as his single, “Call Out My Name,” arrived at No. 4 on the singles chart at the same time as the singer’s new album My Dear Melancholy started off at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, marking this as The Weeknd’s third No. 1 album. K-Pop sensation BTS also made history, as their newest LP, Face Yourself, became the first Japanese album by a Korean act to hit No. 1 on the World Albums charts.
Horror movies continued to find recognition, as The Quiet Place soared at the box office and collected $50 million in its first week against its $17 million budget. The Quiet Place mirrors movies such as Get Out and It, which received both critical acclaim and commercial success.
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