When Off-White first hinted at a Nike collaboration during the weekend, no one expected such a major deal. The two brands finally revealed that they’ve been working on an exclusive line inspired by no other than the iconic Serena Williams. The mega-popular designer teamed up with Nike and one of his muses, to create a trendy array of designs. Titled as “Queen Collection”, it will feature styles which Serena will debut at the 50th U.S. Open at the end of the month.
Designer Virgil Abloh who succeeded Kim Jones as the menswear artistic director at Louis Vuitton staged his first show for the fashion house in Paris. The designer was welcomed in the Louis Vuitton team back in March. This is his first collection for the infamous brand and fans couldn’t wait to see in which direction Abloh will take Louis Vuitton. His brand Off-White has already won the hearts of the street crowd.
Virgil Abloh was brought to the French fashion house to offer a fresh perspective on the brand’s aesthetic. The Spring/Summer 2019 menswear collection felt youthful and energetic. The show started with an array of all-white looks. Virgil managed to put together endless variations of monochromatic outfits that looked polished yet cool and street-ready. There was a head-to-toe white look paired with red gloves that announced the colorful part of the collection. Models in beige and pastel green ensembles hit the runway, some of them wearing occasional hints of color in the form of accessories. Somewhere in the middle of the show, electric pieces started parading on the runway. From neon yellow, bold orange, bright red to explosive tie-dye patterns, Virgil Abloh relied on maximalism at its best.
The Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2019 is one diverse lineup. Virgil played with everything from tailoring to oversized street-ready silhouettes. The A-list audience that included Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Kylie Jenner, Travis Scott, Bella Hadid and more were impressed by Virgil’s debut collection and gave him a standing ovation. A number of women on the front row flaunted Virgil’s new designs. Kanye West who also sat front row got very emotional and congratulated Virgil as he took his final walk burying his head in his neck. They were both spotted wiping tears. Virgil Abloh is a long-time friend of Kanye West and the creative collaborator of his brand Yeezy.
Louis Vuitton is a fashion house praised for its accessories. This show once again cemented the brand’s status as an accessory force on the high-end market. In his debut collection for Louis Vuitton, among other things, Abloh focused on reimagining classic accessories such as wallets and begs. He showcased “accessomorphosis” which according to the designer are hybrids of accessories and garments.
Virgil Abloh definitely offered a fresh perspective on the Louis Vuitton‘s menswear pieces with his first collection for the brand. From minimalist staples to millennials’ favorites, the Spring/Summer 2019 lineup has it all.
Louis Vuitton has a new menswear lead designer and artistic director. The luxury French fashion house just appointed Virgil Abloh on this position. Vuitton is making another step towards diversity with the decision. What was once a high-end label that only introduced elegant silhouettes, is now transforming into a leading brand that follows the flow and satisfies the requests of their customers. There was a lot of speculation about Virgil joining Louis Vuitton since Kim Jones announced his resignation. Now, we can officially say it’s a done deal.
Abloh succeeds in merging chic streetwear vibes with luxury components. He might even be responsible for the rise of the mega-popular athleisure trend. Virgil launched his own brand Off-White back in 2003, and now it’s one of the most popular haute streetwear fashion houses in the world. This makes him the first African-American designer to ever front Louis Vuitton. He is also the first African-American artistic director for an LVHM-owned label.The designer will continue to create for his own brand while taking over Vuitton’s menswear department.
“Having followed with great interest Virgil’s ascent since he worked with me at Fendi in 2006, I am thrilled to see how his innate creativity and disruptive approach have made him so relevant, not just in the world of fashion but in popular culture today. His sensibility towards luxury and savoir-faire will be instrumental in taking Louis Vuitton’s menswear into the future.”- said the chairman and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton, Michel Burke.
Burke and Virgil first collaborated together at Fendi, where Abloh was an intern in 2006. The word is that the LVMH conglomerate had their eye on the mega-popular designer for quite a while. Their representatives were even seen sitting in the front rows of Off-White’s Fall 2017 runway show. The French luxury brand announced that Kim Jones will be leaving the leading menswear role this year in January. Jones took over the position of Kris Van Assche in Dior Homme last week.
Virgil and Off-White are well-known for their collaborations with other brands. So far, the label released a number of joint collections with Nike, Jimmy Choo, Levi’s, SSENSE, KITH, VLONE, Moncler, Vans and more. Chances are, we’ll soon see an Off-White x Louis Vuitton partnership. That’s the first thought of everyone who is a fan of Abloh’s work. Celebrities such as Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, Kim Kardashian and more took it to social media to congratulate their favorite designer.
The luxury online retailer Net-a-Porter partnered with six popular designers and several celebrities to celebrate the International Women’s Day. This holiday is on March 8 and we have a strong feeling that this time it’s going to be a special one. With the many changes in the industry, including the #MeToo movement, women are finally speaking up. And the campaign that Net-a-Porter launched with Ganni, Off-White, Stella McCartney, Chloé, Bella Freud and Rosie Asoulin is another way to support this positive changes.
Each of the six designers got to create a special shirt that features their own view of female empowerment and bravery. It’s a limited-edition capsule exclusive to Net-a-Porter. Although celebrities are already rocking these tees, the good thing is that you can also get them because they are available for sale. All of the profits will be donated to an organization that has been taking care of women survivors from war since 1993. The Women for Women non-profit has helped half a million females from many countries around the world.
Chloé’s empowering T-shirt was designed by their creative director Natacha Ramsay-Levi. She introduced a minimalist design, white tee with a statement small pocket. The pocket is embroidered with golden female silhouettes. Bella Freud decided to decorate her white tee with a striking neon saying that claims “Love for You”. The designer’s initial idea is to spread love and support through fashion. Stella McCartney’s T-shirt features a “Thanks Girls” slogan.
“Recognizing both the universality and individuality of women was behind much of what I wanted to say with my first collection at Chloé. This is what drew me to using a Cycladic totem of femininity, a symbol dating back more than four millenniums yet still timeless, as a pendant necklace. I wanted to translate this message for International Women’s Day, repeating this symbol in gold thread on the pocket with a matching metallic ring piercing through the sleeve. Together these details represent the life-giving force within all women.”- said Natacha Ramsay-Levi.
For the occasion, the online retailer also collaborated with several celebrities who strongly support and raise female empowerment. Nicole Kidman, Taraji P. Henson, Dakota Fanning, Viola Davis, Karen Elson, Natalia Vodianova, Zoe Saldana took it to Instagram and expressed their support for the campaign.
Fashion has been used for many different causes so far, but celebrating and empowering women might be the most significant one. After flaunting black dresses at the Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards, celebs are now once again involving fashion in their fight for equality.
Off-White’s luxury footwear collection with Jimmy Choo is finally here. Virgil Abloh is one who creates trends, instead of following them. The innovative designer partnered with the British high-end shoe company to deliver a line that is completely different from anything you’ve seen before. This is the first time that the everyone’s favorite luxury footwear brand partners with a ready-to-wear fashion house.
“To collaborate with a brand like Off-White allows Jimmy Choo to explore a new avenue and take part in a different conversation. I love to mix it up by getting together with a different creative mind identifying our synergies and combining our DNA to create a beautiful and surprising collection with unexpected links to the roots of our brand.”- said Sandra Choi, Jimmy Choo’s creative director.
The collection merges the minimalistic streetwear vibes from Off-White and the trademark luxury silhouettes from Jimmy Choo. In other words, the designs satisfy the needs of both elegant and edgy ladies at the same time. It was first previewed during the brand’s SS 2018 runway show when everyone had a chance to get a sneak peek of the line. Since then, celebrities such as Rihanna flaunted the unique boots and stilettos on several occasions, which made fans even more eager to get their hands on the collection.
Transparent plastic and PVC are officially the top trending materials for 2018. So why not get a pair of high heels that feature all of that plus striking embellishment or fancy straps. It’s already been months since the preview at Paris Fashion Week, but the two brands are releasing the collection just in time for spring. There are also several pairs of chic boots, decorated with ruched fabric or plastic. The most striking designs are the high-heeled pumps wrapped in plastic.
Virgil’s inspiration was the style icon Princess Diana. The designer paid homage to her contributions to the fashion world with the Spring 2018 collection, as well as with this footwear collaboration. Diana was also a huge fan of Jimmy Choo and never missed an opportunity to wear the brand’s stunning stilettos.
The Off-White x Jimmy Choo collaboration is currently available for purchase online at jimmychoo.com, mytheresa.com and at Harvey Nichols. The two brands also collaborated with Selfridges, on a pop-up that will be opened until March 18. As expected, these stunning designs cost a tiny fortune. Prices start at $780 for the Mary Bow 100 pumps, up to $1,995 for the Victoria 100 embellished satin pumps.
Photo Credit: Off-White x Jimmy Choo
The favorite streetwear label at the moment Off-White just launched a more affordable line. Virgil Abloh, the man behind the cult “For Walking” boots, is ready to give a piece of his creativity at more budget-friendly prices. Dubbed “For All”, the new line offers t-shirts and hoodies in the brand’s recognizable aesthetic. The color palette is kept minimalistic including only black and white color. The designs are aiming towards millennials who couldn’t afford Virgil’s Off-White luxury prices.
You can spot the brand’s recognizable simple yet effective graphics and texts all over the designs. The pieces are up-to-date with the latest street trends. The street fashion is highly influenced by Virgil Abloh since he launched his label in 2013. Virgil Abloh is one of the few luxury designers who are keen to collaborate with affordable brands and offer their designs to a bigger audience.
First, he partnered up with Warby Parker on an eyewear line. A month after that a collaboration with Nike followed up. Virgil Abloh designed sneakers for the sportswear brand and the street crowd went crazy over the designs. Rumor has it that Virgil Abloh will also drop a football-inspired collection for the FIFA World Cup in partnership with Nike. Furthermore, an affordable line for the Swedish furniture giant Ikea is set to release later this year. Virgil Abloh is very open to democratizing his work in many innovative ways. According to the designer limiting yourself to one specific price-point is old-fashioned in this day and age. Off-White’s growing revenues prove that Virgil Abloh understands the business of fashion.
‘Off-White can be luxury at a traditional luxury price point, or equally it can be relevant at an affordable price point,’ the designer explained.
The affordable capsule collection “For All” offers prices that millennials will love. Starting from $95 for T-shirts and $175 for hoodies, every street fashion addict will want to sneak a piece of this collection. Just for comparison, Off-White’s tees usually retail between $300 to $580. The capsule is unisex which once again shows Abloh’s efforts to make fashion more accessible. There are eight essential pieces available to purchase in Off-White’s 11 stores across the world. All the items are made in the brand’s Milan workshops which means the highest quality is guaranteed.
Everything that Virgil Abloh makes immediately becomes a street staple. There is no doubt that these limited edition affordable pieces will fly off the stores’ shelves.
Photo Credit: Off-White
Nike is celebrating the 35th anniversary of their most iconic model, the Air Force 1. For that purpose, the sportswear giant teamed up with five big names at the moment. The exciting collection is named AF100 and features five brand new styles of sneakers. Virgil Abloh from Off-White, the rapper Travis Scott, Roc-A-Fella, Just Don, and Errolson Hugh from the brand Acronym are the ones that got to create the new collection.
The Air Force 1 got five new faces while keeping its signature aesthetic. The designers had the freedom to include personal elements in the new styles. But, they still had to maintain all the things that are recognizable for these sneakers ever since the beginning.
“There is no other shoe that connects to sport, music, fashion, art, the street and the city all at the same time. The most ubiquitous Air Force 1 is the white-white. For the 35th anniversary, we selected collaborators who are impacting future generations across culture. Their brief was filtered through the white-white lens. The design brief was to remain classic and recognizable to the Air Force 1 while connecting to each collaborator’s life personally and the fields they represent.”- said the lead designer and creative director of Nike, Al Baik.
The It designer of the moment, Virgil Abloh created a shoe with a silver Nike logo and the “Off-White for Nike” words behind the sign. This is the first design that will be released, and fans can get it at the ComplexCon event at Long Beach. The Air Force 1 x Off-White will drop on November 4.
Roc-A-Fella and Kareem “Biggie” Burk are set to launch their style on November 30. The designer kept the look of his Air Force 1 simple. He just added the logo of his brand to the sneaker. This style will cost you $220.
Don Crowley and his brand Just Don included several details that belong to the Air Force 2 and 3. The designer used premium leather and combined luxury with sportswear. This Air Force 1 will release on December 1 and will cost $280.
The rap super-star Travis Scot will release his design on December 2. He upgraded the classic version by adding a silver, shiny Nike logo, and new patches. The price for this style is $220.
The last one to launch his design is Errolson Hugh from Acronym. He created a contemporary sneaker that features a side zipper. These sneakers will cost $280.
The last three styles will be sold through the SNKRS app by Nike and at selected retailers. Bruce Kilgore designed the first Nike Air Force in 1982. These are the most iconic sneakers and the collaboration is the proper way to celebrate them.
Photo Credit: Nike
The trendiest store in the world Colette and Off-White collaborated on a capsule collection. The iconic Parisian retailer tapped the emerging designer Virgil Abloh and his brand to create a limited-edition line.
The main reason behind the collaboration is the International Fair of Contemporary Art (FIAC). FIAC will be set at the astonishing Grand Palais in Paris, starting from 19th to 22nd of October. This year marks the 44th edition of the fair, and just like many times in the past, a lot of up-and-coming artists will present their creations. This is a famous event in Paris that attracts more people every year.
In honor of the event, Colette invited Virgil Abloh to design a capsule collection. The exclusive line is named “SCULPTURE” and features five items. They are all done in the recognizable minimalistic style that Abloh often presents. Each piece from the line is done in black and decorated with either blue or white letters. The official logo of Colette is two blue dots. So that is why Abloh used the blue color to decorate the black designs.
The capsule includes two bags. One of those is a small flap bag in black that has the word “SCULPTURE” written in blue.
The second design is a larger black tote bag, with the same word written on the front. In addition to the bags, you will get a chic blue Industrial Belt strap. Abloh has also designed a pair of sky-high stiletto shoes that have the words “FOR WALKING” stamped in blue.
There are only two clothing items. If you are a fan of Virgil’s athleisure designs, you will fall in love with the chic hoodie. It is a very simple black hoodie that features the name of the capsule in white plastered on the front.
The T-shirt also carries a basic design with the same white writing on the front. The hoodie and the T-shirt are decorated with the words “COLETTE FIAC” on the back. Everything in the collection is very sophisticated and minimalistic.
The limited-edition capsule is already available online at colette.com and in-store. The price range for the line is between $349 and $2,847. Colette is probably the most influential store in Paris. Unfortunately, the owner Colette Roussaux announced that the store will soon be closing on December 20th. The announcement took the fashion world by surprise. Apparently, the high-fashion shopping in Paris will never be the same without Colette.
Photo Credit: Colette