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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.

Words by Alec Leach
Freelance Writer/Editor/Consultant

Alec Leach grew up in Brighton, England, but now lives in Berlin