Entitled “Laboratory of Fun”, the Off-White Fall/Winter 2021 collection, presented at the Lycée Carnot, in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, was probably the Virgil Abloh’s most tailored and soigné collection to date, perhaps the end result of a move upmarket.
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Abloh unveiled around fifty mixed silhouettes, marked by boxy forms and relaxed silhouettes accented by bold color choices. The collection echoed the aborted “Fun Palace” project in London, an interactive and adaptable educational and cultural complex by British architect Cedric Price in 1961, but also the designer’s training as an architect and his precise approach to the construction of clothes.
“The collection speaks in part to my roots as an architect”, stressed Abloh in his program notes.
On the program: precise but wide silhouettes, and essentially monochrome looks declined in neutral and bold tones such as white, beige, black and gray, popped up by bright touches, such as mustard yellow, orange, electric blue and green; dresses with inside-out seams, tailored skirt suits and maxi-length coats while the men’s clothes borrowed from protective gear, from the hazmat-style hooded tops in safety yellow and orange, to a wearable quilt of a coat with a matching vest for extra padding.
To finish off the showing, Virgil Abloh also invited M.I.A. to deliver a dynamic performance to close off the unveiling.
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