Off-White Circles the Paris Fashion Week Racetrack With a New Style

Off-White Circles the Paris Fashion Week Racetrack With a New Style

Showy lady-like garments broke the mold in a fresh addition to the Off-White canon.

Showy lady-like garments broke the mold in a fresh addition to the Off-White canon.

Photography: Melodie Jeng

Text: Julian Wright

Virgil Abloh’s inspiration for Off-White’s Fall 2019 Ready-to-Wear line was sparked from his childhood. Growing up near the Rockford Speedway, Abloh was majorly exposed to NASCAR racing, which provided him much-needed imagery for this collection. In explaining his choice, Abloh stated, “I’m not into sport, because we’ve kind of exhausted that idea, but I’m into male-dominated niche culture.” In the Fall 2019 Ready-to-Wear line, he used this culture’s iconography and his idea of the self-assured woman to design dignified casual wear.

This collection is a departure from what we’re used to from Off-White. Industrial belts, quotation marks and its signature minimalism, standard features of Off-White shows, were swapped and adapted for more traditionally feminine pieces with a bit more flash. The show begins with a shimmering pale blue coat, a draped t-shirt dress and a checkered handbag, another nod to raceway imagery. Checkered boxes are present in many looks throughout the collection, most notably in the show’s final pieces: four high-low gowns, styled with sneakers and heels alike, modeled by the four-person powerhouse of Adut Akech, Karli Kloss, Gigi and Bella Hadid. Neon geometry and luminescent fabrics litter the line, adding edge and refinement to the brand’s pieces. Off-White delivered glamor and energy in a departure from its traditional streetwear origins.

With this show, Virgil Abloh detailed a new avenue for Off-White to travel down, “The streetcar I rolled in was streetwear. But now it’s commonplace. I’m intrigued by the empowered woman who wants to dress in a feminine but chic way.” With a now everlasting muse, expect Off-White to continue catering to the modern vested woman and the full spectrum of her attire.

Credits: Photos Courtesy of Melodie Jeng

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