Virgil abloh’s new off-white ss 2021 pre-collection draws on what has become a key off-white motif: everyday items that are bound to the breaking of conventions.
—By Luisa Tarantino
Like Abloh’s Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2020 Collection, the OFF-White Spring 2020/21 Pre-Collection also plays with the idea of workwear and business wear, and how our everyday dress and the way that we imagine garments must reflect and challenge societal conventions. As the brand explains, a single image, as depicted on a hooded sweatshirt, epitomizes the collection: “a lo-fi drawn tractor, clearing a fallen-from-orbit planet Earth.”
For OFF-White, this image represents a reconsideration of what reality and humanity demands of us in a time such as ours — our ideas must be efficient and push us forward. The collection thus enriches everyday items with an undercurrent on youthful nonconformity, with business aesthetics such sharply tailored overcoats and suits re-conceptualized through their materials and silhouettes — contrasting thread or wide, flowy, and cut pant shapes providing movement and comfort.
Playful, somewhat anti-establishment cues are sprinkled throughout the collection. Caricatured devil and gremlin graphics, graffiti prints, beaded half-belts, bomber jackets, and a range of accessories from day-glo sneakers and pointy-toed boots to neckties with cutouts and graphic tote bags are a nod to the questioning of norms. A pair of black gloves, styled with a sharply tailored suit jacket reads, “I Support Young Black Businesses.” The collection asks of our changing world and asks us to reflect: What Stars Are You Under?
See the collection below.
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