He and Hadid hit the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards together earlier that month in Brooklyn, New York.
The model paid tribute to her late friend on Instagram after learning of his death.
“I am heartbroken by the loss of my dear friend, and a friend to the world, Virgil Abloh,” she wrote. “He was 1 of 1.”
“His kindness and energetic generosity left a lasting impression on every life he touched— he made everyone feel seen and special,” she continued. He will be deeply missed, cherished, and celebrated by me and all the people and industries that have been lucky enough to work around & know the true supernova behind this man.”
She added, “I picture him now like our Mickey Mouse .. forever with us, forever adored, forever magical, forever guiding us with that special Virgil FUN; I’m sure that’s how he wanted to be remembered, but still it will never be the same without him in the room.”