Virgil Abloh's OFF-WHITE label took to Paris to unveil its FW16 womenswear collection as part of the city's ongoing fashion week. Opening with a punchy salvo of crimson and metallic looks, Abloh largely played to his strengths: reworked streetwear garments and loud graphics.

Abloh's striking key pieces include a tongue-in-cheek tee depicting the Chateau Marmont ablaze with "Do you have a reservation tho?" scrawled next to it, while the closing looks continued Abloh's fondness of appropriated fine art, plastering works by Giorgio de Chirico over a pleated a-line dress and skirt. Cropped suede shearlings, metallic bombers (nonchalantly worn off the shoulder) and crimson leather overcoats also packed a punch. There was a raw-hemmed denim jacket from a forthcoming Levi's collaboration, and boasts a highly-charged yellow panel running down the wearer's left side.

Much like Abloh's FW16 menswear, his women's collection showed signs of a designer still very much a work in progress. OFF-WHITE's witty graphics and streetwear pedigree are bringing something genuinely new to the table, but there's still growing pains to be seen. Off-kilter coats hung from one shoulder, patchwork nostalgia and denim jackets worn backwards all served to remind us that OFF-WHITE is still a brand in its infancy.

It's worth remembering that Virgil Abloh - both the man and the designer - is constantly at the frontline of the high-low collision that is turning the fashion world on its head right now. His OFF-WHITE project is still very much a work in progress, but the very fact that he's showing a women's line in Paris is testament to the streetwise nous and dogged ambition that has cemented people like Abloh - and Kanye West, for that matter - as some of the most influential figures in fashion today.

For more womenswear from Paris Fashion Week, check out the latest collections from Acne Studios, Givenchy and Stella McCartney.

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