Off-White SS20 Collection

Off-White SS20 Collection

Take a look at Off-White’s badass collaboration with Futura in the Spring 2020 Menswear Collection.

Take a look at Off-White’s badass collaboration with Futura in the Spring 2020 Menswear Collection.

Text: Lily Blazevic

Virgil Abloh continues to bridge the world of streetwear and high fashion in his Spring 2020 Menswear collection. From t-shirts to Kanye West to Louis Vuitton, Abloh has now maintained his own fashion label: Off-White. The direction of Off-White continues to serve as a metaphor: who can and cannot be seen or what is and is not considered art. This is clear before the show begins: the translucent invitation for the designer’s collection came printed with the word “Plastic.” A material and pollutant simultaneously, plastic introduces us to the story Abloh seeks to tell through his pieces for Off-White SS20.

The show is the product of a strong collaboration with Futura, a contemporary of Basquiat and a pioneer of abstract street art. Lending a powerful hand to the collection, the opening look was hand-painted by both Futura and Abloh. Rapper Sheck Wes veiled in a white coat, top and pants sprayed head to toe with a centralized alien Pointman figure. Futura’s vivid spray strokes make their way throughout the show, concluding the collection with a graffiti-adorned, oversized blazer worn by Gigi Hadid. In addition, the new Nike Dunk, a Collab between Futura and Nike, debuted on the runway alongside sandals and hiking-style boots.

The show not only highlights graffiti but focuses on environmentalism and ‘climbing’ as central themes. Aside from the repurposed recycling logo “Plastic,” which set the base for the show, an aquatic theme dominates many of the pieces: a blue suede trench with detachable front pockets, inky tie-dye prints, sky blue quilted jackets, and recut denim workwear in washed fabric are memorable features. In addition, tie-dyed cargo pants, a nineties skater look, and chain-like fence patterns on the jackets and bags have an alternative motif. A hand-knit sweater with a patch declaring membership in the “Off-White Climbing Club” alludes to Abloh’s journey. The show symbolizes one of the many strides Abloh takes as he progresses upwards and seeks harmony between environmental consciousness and artistic expression in fashion.

See looks from Off-White SS20 below.

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