Off-White’s Virgil Abloh Designed His First Pre-Fall Men’s Collection Because “The Year Is Too Long”

November 17, 2017 - fall Denim


Virgil Abloh was in Australia progressing this week “killing 3 birds with one stone.” The Off-White engineer done a outing during a insistence of GQ Australia, that presented him with a International Designer of a Year award, and to check on a swell of his soon-to-open stores in Melbourne and Sydney, set to entrance in Dec and February, respectively. Simultaneously, median around a universe during Philip Johnson’s landmark Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, Abloh’s first-ever men’s Pre-Fall collection was being photographed by Viktor Vauthier. Two things Abloh racks adult a lot of: atmosphere miles and time on his dungeon phone.

As bustling as he is, Abloh is even some-more ambitious—see a Nike partnership (October ’17), a Burton collab (January ’18), and, of course, a much-discussed Ikea collab (sometime in 2019). This men’s Pre-Fall collection arrives with significantly reduction fanfare, yet it serves a purpose. If a Off-White store he non-stop on Soho’s Mercer Street in Aug has taught Abloh anything, it’s that a year is too long. “Teens are fundamentally giving thumbs-up or thumbs-down to a new code each other week,” pronounced Abloh. “This is how we fight that. Pre-collections concede me to tell what men’s instruction we wish to go in for a future.”

The instruction in doubt is “‘business casual,’ quotes intended,” a engineer said. “It’s my twisted, mocking streetwear take on it.” There’s a paint-splattered two-piece denim “suit,” an oversize boilersuit, SFW patchwork imitation tailoring, a peacoat, a leather trench, lots and lots of trademark sweats, and a Statue of Liberty tee with Emma Lazarus’s poem “The New Colossus” printed on a front. Not so most business infrequent as infrequent casual. In another one of his signature sound bites, Abloh calls it “clothes for a 17-year-old incited 37-year-old.”

The Off-White owner and lerned designer has dubbed a new line House Hunting, a reason being it’s a third lookbook he’s shot during an architecturally poignant location, after Mies outpost der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion and Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye. Abloh’s name was in a brew progressing this year when Riccardo Tisci left Givenchy; in fact, he even favourite a few tweets that pronounced he was a male for a job. When asked if House Hunting was a anxiety to that, he laughed and denied it. “I adore a coincidence, though,” he said. “Coincidence is real.” See a finish collection, above.

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