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Virgil Abloh skipping Fashion Week due to health issues

Virgil Abloh is calling in sick to Fashion Week this season.

The busy designer behind Off-White and Louis Vuitton‘s menswear collections revealed on Monday that he’s taking some time off on doctor’s orders.

“I’m shifting gears,” the creative director told Vogue, adding that he noticed in August he was having a harder time than usual “bouncing back” from a trip overseas.

“I was just tired, so I went to the doctor. 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.’”

While he didn’t go into specifics, he continued, “Essentially I’m working from home for the next three months, and in large part all my marketing events I’m cancelling.”

That means Abloh will be missing public appearances for Ikea, Nike, Vogue’s Forces of Fashion summit and the opening of his exhibition “Figures of Speech” at the High Museum in Atlanta.

But in terms of his two major fashion shows this month, the designer assured Vogue that everything will be business as usual. “My Off-White team is equipped to handle this, and my Louis Vuitton team is expert-level. The shows will go on.”

“Being busy isn’t working,” he concluded. “But I’m using this as I do everything else, as a way to propel me forward.”