The most recent Paris Fashion Week played host to many major moments – but perhaps none so major as the Off-White show. Constructing a three-act performance which involved supermodels of the past and present, underground artists and respective icons in their own fields, the show was one of the most anticipated and subsequently well-received of the season.
Maybe it was the brand’s position on a precipice, being the first show since the late visionary Virgil passed. Or maybe, and most probably, it was the show and collection’s promise of Virgil’s ideas, translated into a visual and physical medium, as one last glimpse into his mind. And whilst the collection itself was expansive and dynamic, there was also a hint at what was to come from the brand – all marked with makeup reading “FACE”.
Well, that day has come – with Off-White releasing its debut beauty collection, “PAPERWORK”. Described as an “innovative toolkit designed to celebrate diversity and inspire self-expression”, the new line aims to amplify individuality and empower personal expression – beyond the confines of what society deems as ‘traditional beauty’.
This ethos is reflected in the genderless, mixed-medium launch collection, which comprises four ‘Solution’ fragrances, six ‘Imprint’ face and body solid pigment crayons, and six ‘Color Matter’ nail polishes. Individually, each category taps into a singular sense: smell, sight, or touch. Launching this week is the Solution – a collection of fragrances that are described as playful and progressive.
Created by Virgil Abloh in collaboration with celebrated perfumers Alexis Dadier, Jerome Epinette, and Sidonie Lancesseur, each both imparts a mood and transmits a palpable vibe – from sporty, to woody, warm and citrussy, there seems to be a Solution for everyone here.
With the name, ‘Solutions’, and the collection’s packaging, Off-White evokes Abloh’s interest in industrial manufacturing processes. Bottles are formed from Italian industrial glass, whilst the tops are replicas of the handles that close the vats found in industrial fragrance facilities.
Available now on their website, the fragrance comes in at £135, with the next instalments of the beauty line set to drop next month, too.
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