Off-White Spring 2018

Off-White Spring 2018

Virgil Abloh uses his success to bring attention to world crises and the experiences of refugees.

Virgil Abloh uses his success to bring attention to world crises and the experiences of refugees.

Text: Megan Kasselberg

Virgil Abloh showcased his latest collection for Off-White last night, entitled "Temperature." The show took place outside the Pitti Palace, the center of Pitti Uomo. Projections on the building told stories of bloodshed, war, loss, and exile, bringing attention to individual accounts of crisis and violence, and contrasting with the historic wealth and dramatic proportions of the venue. The scrolling words began before the show, and continued after, heightening the tension surrounding the event. Backlit models walked in front of the bright white text on an incline, leading up to the stone palace walls. Operatic music and street noise mingled in the background, creating visual and acoustic narratives of past versus present.

The looks were contemporary and street-style ready. Cut-outs exposing abs, wearable neon bags, and see-through materials lent flair to classic silhouettes and a mostly beige and navy palette, and highlighted Abloh's training as both an architect and engineer. Thick fisherman knits and a Levi's denim moment were unexpected, as was the variety of footwear. The show featured exclusive collaborations with Timberland, Vibram, and Nike Air Jordan, as seen on Abloh's Instagram teaser below. Pops of orange, matching the t-shirt invites for the event, were scattered throughout the collection and associated media. Check out the looks for yourself below.

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