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Fall 2020 Ready to Wear

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HALF-OFF:

A Journey into The Two Worlds of Virgil Abloh

Virgil Abloh’s Fall 2020 Ready to Wear collection for Off-White was titled “Slightly Off”, yet judging from the halved cars protruding from the runway and the subsequent sliced and diced pieces shown on said runway, the designer was leaning more in a “Slightly to Half Off” direction. The first look, shown on Bella Hadid, was a black formal-looking gown, yet upon closer inspection, the top was half flouncing peplum with statement shoulder, and half Arc’teryx outerwear coat. The high-end Canadian sportswear brand was also featured on a cropped lime-green anorak atop a voluminous white tulle hoop skirt, and as a mere cross body sleeve, neck, and hood attached to another oversized A-line white dress, layered with pleats and lace and worn by show closer Gigi Hadid. For the bride on the go, perhaps?

The dichotomous collection also included a look of army pants paired with half of a romantic pink tulle gown, several high-low ensembles, and Abloh’s favorite circle cut-outs, most notably shown on a white dress with an abdomen cut out, worn by Carolyn Murphy, a nod that can only be perceived as intentional to Tom Ford’s famous 90’s rendering of similar caliber. Abloh has received criticism in the past for his use of “inspired” looks, so we like to think that this look, on that model, with that styling, was a direct provocation to his critics.

Speaking of models, Abloh had an all-star cast. The Hadid sisters were joined by their mother, Yolanda, dressed smartly increased black pants, white bandeau top, and white blazer with graffiti squiggles. Karlie Kloss graced the runway in a black off the shoulder gown with a thigh-high slit. Mariacarla Boscono stomped around in cow print boots; Constance Jablonski was draped in rich blue velvet and Isabeli Fontana looked water repellent in a glossy navy blue dress with thigh-high boots.
Abloh has a talent for modern dressing. He understands today’s culture of high low dressing, street style, and throwbacks. The Off-White logo subtly decorated shirts and dresses, not in illuminated quotation marks, as Abloh is known to do, but still prominent enough to be worn as status pieces.

Written by Elizabeth Kramsky