Off-White took inspiration some of the world’s sporting greats for its spring/summer 2019 collection.
The fashion house, helmed by Virgil Abloh, presented its latest line at the Garage Amelot in Paris on Thursday night (27Sep18), in a show that brought the worlds of fashion and competitive sport together in harmony.
As well as having the likes of athletes including Brazilian footballer Neymar da Silva Santos Junior sat alongside Cara Delevingne in the front row, eight elite sportswomen joined fashion royalty on the catwalk – which was designed to look like a combination of a running track and a concrete street.
British athletes Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Dina Asher-Smith walked the runway, as did American sprinter English Gardner, with a cluster of supermodels including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Kaia Gerber, Karlie Kloss and Jourdan Dunn also strutting their stuff.
Abloh, who named the collection Track and Field, explained to reporters at British Vogue that he had been inspired by working with tennis champ Serena Williams on the Serena Williams X Nike ‘Queen’ collection, and was pleased to base his spring 2019 offering on true sport.
“Track and Field is where you compete. There’s a foundation to it; it’s not just clothes for clothes’ sake,” he commented.
The 37-year-old teamed up with Nike once again and incorporated the iconic tick logo into casual fitted jackets and mesh vest tops, while also adding the letters ‘OFFF’ across collars and splashing the oversized text over blazers and sleeveless jackets.
Ensembles stuck to one colour scheme, most notably in striking white and neon yellow, while Abloh continued in “making a new aesthetic by crashing two things together which are not related” by mixing pieces like a sporty cut-out T-shirt with a full ruffled floor-length skirt.
The designer debuted a new Nike trainer too, a collaged shoe called the Waffle Racer.
Isabel Marant and Rick Owens also showed as part of Paris Fashion Week on Thursday night.
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