Abloh’s first menswear collection for streetwear brand Off-White for AW19 since joining Louis Vuitton was a curated mixed bag of designs and political emotions to his hypebeast fans. Entitled Public Television, California bred and Italian based Virgil Abloh’s pieces adorn the brand’s mixed heritage on the catwalk, with models wearing American football helmets, sharp tailoring in navy and an appearance by Offset in an elaborate lilac puffer jacket scaling to the floor.
You couldn’t stand close to each other with the broad shoulders of the oversized suit jackets, some even slightly padded and completed split up the side, a reminder of the years you borrowed your father’s suit for a party. Hoodies over a shirt and tie are the garments of the work hard, play harder man. Huge baggy trousers with low crotches and a dip dyed shoelace belt holding them up pay homage to the skateboarders of our youth. As if we didn’t already know Off-White brought us the luxury streetwear revolution, printed instructional warning signs are grouped together and small signature embellishments are embroidered onto sleeves and necks: Abloh’s visual voice remains tenacious.
The Yellow Off-White industrial belt continues to be a key piece amongst the rest of AW19’s accessories: black oversized fanny packs calibrating the size of a man’s chest; ‘plastic bag’ shaped drawstring bags and small boxes made with teddy-like fleece in bright greens and orange. The strongest pieces from this collection are the oversized jumpers, transitional spring staples intarsia knitted with the Off-White logo in contrasting colours.
The latest Off-White footwear and accessory collection is available online at SEVENSTORE.com, shop the Industrial Belt, Waist Bag, and the Arrow Running Sneaker here.