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Runway Rundown: Off-White Trades Streetwear for Tailored Plaids [PFW]

For his fall-winter collection, Virgil Abloh decided to embrace a new look for his Milan-based label Off-white, this season trading in his usual street wears and graphics for tailored plaids and classically feminine silhouettes. Overall, it was a far more refined lineup than we’ve seen from him in seasons past, and definitely with more sensible options, but it wasn’t exactly a complete break from his old wears.

Throughout his series of slight sixties influences and over-the-knee boots, Abloh balanced the collection’s sophisticated “grown-up” vibe with ambitious, mature-yet-still-edgy (and often sexy) options: youthful bralettes, high-waist pencil skirts and cropped denim jackets contrasted a range of striped fur coats, revealing lace slips, sheer dresses with embellished birds and a few flowing draped looks in blush and nude.

From a distance, this was an entirely new Off-white, but at the same time it wasn’t. Sure, the woman may have appeared more mature, but Abloh’s tailored plaids – when paired with elevated denim options and a vibrant blue hoodie – were a dead-ringer for the Off-white we love. Maybe not anything groundbreaking, but it was every bit as energetic, attractive and well executed as we’d expect from this continuously emerging designer – now going on four years and is stronger than ever.

Images via Vogue

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