We’re calling it now. Virgil Abloh will create a mega lifestyle brand in the near future that reaches beyond women’s and men’s fashion and accessories. Music, furniture design, hotels, books—these are all on the Off–White designer’s radar. And if his canny ability to distill zeitgeist and fashion references in his women’s spring collection is any indication, it’s a sure bet he’ll succeed at whatever he focuses on. This is a man who influences Kanye West, after all, and understands that there is no high without low, and likewise, no street without high street.
Abloh touched on a now-familiar theme—elevated street wear. Track suits, denim, sweats, sports bras, anoraks were put through his sieve and sent back out with tailored, architectural blouses with flounces of layered ruffles and folds or left provocatively louche when paired with fire engine red blazers.
And if there was a question about his ability to step outside the street wear lane, see his sexy pleated red dress with an asymmetric drape of pleats. Simple in shape but interesting in detail.
Abloh’s designs had confidence—an assured hand with purple silk ruffles, white fanny packs, crazy print intarsia sweaters and long skirts that looked like they were dipped in rainbow tie-dye.
While the finale black-and-white harlequin-printed looks seemed out of sync, these were easy to overlook. Instead, focus on the statement—not to mention support—a sports bra built into a pinstriped dress makes. Sounds weird, maybe, but it looked pretty great.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US