OFF-WHITE is one of the most hyped names in the streetwear world, but Virgil Abloh has been low-key killing it when it comes to womenswear, too (FW16 was a banger, btw). Much like Anthony Vacarello’s debut at Saint Laurent, Abloh’s SS17 vision of womenswear looked back to the ’80s to present a look that was both powerful and masculine — an empowering, polar opposite of the stereotypical women’s wardrobe. Take a look at how the collection looked backstage, with this set of exclusive snaps from Adam Katz Sinding aka Le 21ème.
Abloh’s power dressing took white-collar staples and dragged them down to his label’s natural habitat — the street. His high-low mashups saw a bright crimson double-breasted blazer paired with matching red track pants (complete with oversized ring pulls on the zips — sick), and a Wall Street finance overlord’s pinstriped shirt worn with jeans (likely from another installment of the label’s Levi’s collab).
More high-powered pinstriped suits were cut-and-pasted together (a la slides #1 and #3), and Abloh’s usual OFF-WHITE branding was replaced with bold proclamations of “WOMAN.”
Bold, empowering, stuff from Abloh — it’s a modern vision of womenswear that brings that ’80s power babe blueprint and makes it relevant for today. Some of the designer’s finest work to date.
- Photography: Adam Katz Sinding / Highsnobiety.com