Season: Pre-Fall 2020
Key Pieces: If Virgil Abloh styled Wall Street, the double-breasted topcoat in slide #7 is what Gordon Gecko would wear.
Release Date: TBC
Editor’s Notes: Sartorial codes are changing for young professionals and, in keeping with the times, so too is Virgil Abloh’s Off-White™. For Pre-Fall 2020, the designer has unveiled the “Pivot” collection (get it?) which represents his brand’s biggest stylistic shift in years.
Razor-sharp trousers, blazers, and ties are not things one would immediately associate with Off-White™, yet all are present here, executed with a distinct Abloh-ian twist. It’s tenue de ville for people who still like to wear hoodies, the kind of Balenciaga-indebted office-core you can imagine blowing up in 2020 as menswear continues to encroach upon the streetwear space.
“Off-White™ isn’t the new kid on the block anymore,” says Abloh. “I was interested in fast-forwarding the menswear, and adding in leather and a slimmer silhouette. It has been quite liberating to explore a different guy, and to pivot the brand.” Luxury fashion’s cooption of streetwear has been well documented, but here the dynamic has been turned on its head.