After his collaboration with Nike and Serena Williams, Virgil Abloh teamed up again with the sportswear giant for his Spring/Summer 2019 Off-White ready-to-wear show. This time, he turned his attention to track and field, a theme that was seen in clothes, but also in the stadium-themed set and in the guests on the front-row: the records of sprinter English Gardner (USA), heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson (U.K.), and high jumper Cecilia Yeung (HK).
‘’I used sport as a metaphor for life’’, Abloh told Footwear News backstage after the show. ‘’It’s a form of entertainment but people dedicate their lives to it and I thought it was a good backdrop to tell the story of modern women’’.
He sent out Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid in tandem to open the show, wearing coordinating white shirts tucked into miniskirts with strappy white heels, followed by Kaia Gerber in a white minidress decked out with Nike logos.
The collection proceeded into looks that balanced the athletic with the super feminine, pairing bodysuits with lace skirts, performance T-shirts with tulle and a few ‘’Runaway Bride’’ wedding-gown-and-sneaker combos.