Essentially the polar opposite of Kanye West’s YEEZY presentation, OFF-WHITE’s latest Spring/Summer 2017 womenswear collection, as premiered at Paris Fashion Week, has been unanimously hailed as some of Virgil Abloh’s best work yet. I wonder how that feels. Of course, OFF-WHITE’s menswear collection is extremely popular, internationally hyped, and has a cache beyond words. But this season, it’s Virgil’s womenswear collection that really came through. Understated and a little bit under the radar, this collection’s been somewhat out-hyped by menswear for the past few seasons. But that’s all about to change. Low key, Virgil kills it at womenswear, perhaps even more so than menswear.
The collection drew ‘80s influences to bring together a presentation that made the OFF-WHITE woman look androgynously powerful. By no means was this a girly collection. The runway featured reworked white-collar staples, double-breasted blazers, and pinstriped shirts, with a streetwear edge. Staying true to the OFF-WHITE identity, the collection was a total mash-up of the comforts of sportswear with external high-fashion elements.