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Paris Fashion Week: Off-White redefines ‘business casual’

Virgil’s take on business attire

When it comes to streetwear aesthetics, Off-White’s Fall/Winter 2018 collection displays a new definition of corporate code. Creative director and founder, Virgil Abloh turned to the runway during Paris Fashion Week to exhibit a teenager’s idea of adulthood.

Photo from Off-White

Photo from Off-White

Photo from Off-White

Photo from Off-White

Photo from Off-White

Photo from Off-White

Titled ‘Business Casual,’ Off-White’s collection was a representation of a new generation of business leaders and how they might dress. Aside from the traditional tailoring, the collection consisted of casual pieces that were displayed through puffer jackets, tracksuits, and t-shirts. The show opened with a gray suit and t-shirt tucked in, with a logo on the pant’s right side.

With Weezer playing in the background, another look featured the same tailored pants and suede boots, only this time paired with a gray sweatshirt. Abloh emphasized the t-shirts and polos throughout the show, but styled them with a twist, curving their seams around the body. References of the Beastie boys were included on the t-shirts creating an 80’s minimalistic ambiance.

Photo from Off-White

Photo from Off-White

Photo from Off-White

Photo from Off-White

Abloh used the designs to express his ideal take on adult life during his high school days. “My future was like: white picket fence, a dog. I thought I might be carrying a briefcase,” the designer said backstage.

“I always dreamed that the future ceo’s, the future business manager, the future lawyers are just kids that grew up listening to rock, skateboarding, going to raves, going to fashion parties and hearing this sort of mix of culture, and so I just wanted to tell that story: what does the future of business attire look like?” he said.

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