The Off-White Resort 2019 made its debut in Paris this week, and the brand seems to be upending the men’s street style looks is has been previously known for in favor of something fresh. It’s risky, but we can completely see it paying off.
“I have a chip on my shoulder: people think that Off-White is a teenage men’s brand. I do women’s wear to counterbalance that,” designer Virgil Abloh explained in a new WWD interview. The designer may also be just coming into his role as menswear designer for for Louis Vuitton, but his latest Off-White line is about reinventing womenswear. He’s doing a lot.
For the latest collection lookbook, styling is key to creating eye-catching outfits, and his inspiration comes how real-life fashionistas put together their most creative ensembles. And of course, the new season includes the latest in binder clip bags and logo-banded sportswear. Pops of neon and vibrant camo prints are paired with sporty leggings and crop tops for a one-of-a-kind look.
“I was very much inspired by the girl that has everything – who grew up preppy, but is sort of over it. Preppiness as a tangible visual style is over, and it became over with streetwear,” he shared, explaining he now wants to use “codes of preppy dressing, but in a modern street way.” What are those codes? Experimenting with accessories and silhouettes, borrowing from friends – or maybe even raiding mom and grandma’s closets – to find those perfectly off-beat items, and layering patterns and solids to achieve something futuristic and special.