An American designer I have been watching for a year or so, ever since I read an article on him, is Virgil Abloh. Abloh is the founder and creative designer of the Milan-based fashion label, Off-White. The label’s big claim-to-fame at first were graphic tees that anyone could easily fall in love with, including myself. Although this year at Paris Fashion Week on the Off-White Runway, those tees were noticeably missing and in its place were more classy looks that still incorporated new and old trends.
In this post I am going to share with you some of my favorite pieces from the Off-White Fall 2017 Ready-To-Wear Collection and the trends they might be hinting at! Hopefully, this will inspire you to integrate some of the styles into your own wardrobe and change them according to season.
Plaid/OTK Boots/Cropped Jacket
I will get into the specifics, but first I want to address some of the styles that popped up multiple times throughout the Ready-to-Wear show.
The main pattern was plaid, a pattern I had begun to see a little more of during the past colder months, so maybe this is a foresight into what print will be big this fall and winter… Cropped hoodies/jackets were styles that were used repeatedly and they really created a cool addition that was different from if Off-White had just paired regular shirts or jackets with the outfits. Also, trenches and Over-the-knee boots are trends that seem to be here to stay as they were used all through the show.
Canadian Tuxedos like this one are making a comeback and with the cropped jacket, what’s not to love?!
Now that I have briefly talked about styles that were seen a lot, I’m going to move into more of the specifics.
One of the first thing that I noticed about these dresses to me was the ruffles along the sleeves and open shoulder. I like how the dresses are more edgy, but the ruffles add a feminine feel to balance the tough, hard-as-nails feel. I have been seeing tops and dresses featuring ruffles like this all over my Instagram feed as well and love the style so much!
Distressed clothing has been a thing for a while now, but Abloh’s take on the trend is different from what you normally see. Instead of t-shirts and hoodies (street wear) with cut out holes, the Off-White runway featured dressier bombers, trenches, and skirts with haphazard tears in the electric blue fabric that was then placed on top of a metallic material. This constructs something beautiful and original. The pieces almost look office-ready, as though the models were on their way to work in their new jacket and were attacked by bears, but decided they could still rock the coat nonetheless. 😅
FLOWING MAXI DRESSES
One of my favorite styles from this show were the long, flowing dresses (Abloh also used the design with the ruffle dresses I mentioned earlier). The way they drape across the body creates a light and airy/girly look. These dresses give off a breezy summer day vibe, which to me is one of the best vibes anything can have! This style is one I will be searching for on my next shopping spree, for sure.
Overall, the Off-White Fall 2017 Ready-To-Wear collection was my favorite one that came out of Paris Fashion Week. With everything from the runway setting to the hair and makeup and outfit pairings, Virgil Abloh did a phenomenal job of contrasting flirty and feminine with tough and bold; two types that are being placed together more and more in fashion all over the world.
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