After having conceived a custom biker jacket embellished with 30,000 black Swarovski crystals for Sky Ferreira, Virgil Abloh has officially debuted his OFF-WHITE Fall/Winter 2014 women's collection. His first foray into womenswear, the collection is less street, more refined and consists of wide-brimmed hats, fringed wool coats, velvet maxi skirts, and faded denim and branded biker jackets. During a phone interview with Style, Abloh discussed his evolving vision for OFF-WHITE, youth culture, his collaboration with Ferreira, and more. Excerpts from the interview can be found below, while the entire interview can be read here.
In general, how do you stay inspired?
The zeitgeist is what inspires me, this sort of collective thought of trends and how they move to different cities—what kids in Paris are talking about or what music they’re listening to. You find similarities in between Ultra and Café Select—the conversations are pretty similar.
What are your ultimate goals for Off-White as a fashion brand?
My goal is to transcend outside of the streetwear and surprise people in a way. I’m very honored to be selling at the stores that I’m at. These are the places that I love, so the goal for me is to intersect with a wider audience and just be a representative of what’s happening in the street but have that square footage in the stores to kind of attract new fashion consumers.
Speaking of, do you ever miss doing Pyrex Vision, or were you just over that?
My whole idea from the beginning was that it was sort of a limited thing—I wasn’t that into repeating and keep making that product. I have this whole obsession with collecting early Raf Simons pieces, and I like that the brand for myself, Pyrex, has a definitive start. I like that people who are fans of that can seek out and find that piece and it’ll feel nostalgic in a way.