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OFF-WHITE™’s “Imaginary” TV was a digital event that showcased a cacophony of tv channels in a sort of 80’s MTV melt your brain kinda way. In between live streams of DJ sets, rock climbers and ballet performances, Virgil Abloh presented OFF-WHITE™’s SS21 collection titled “Adam is Eve”.
The collection was streamed and showcased from Milan, with only a handful of masked up journalists present. This was the first time for the brand to merge its menswear and womenswear design studios. The collection focused on genderless clothing, with menswear items being worn on the female models and vice versa. This created a more blended collection, one that aimed to promote creativity and inclusivity.
OFF-WHITE™ presented a number of tailored looks in boxy cuts. Abloh’s familiar grey suit made an appearance, as well as bright colourful blazers and a 70’s tanned leather number. These suits were worn under dresses, matched with cami tops and scarves. Speaking of, OFF-WHITE™’s accessory game was on point, with a number of models wearing thin, Parisian style neckwear and chic black wayfarer sunglasses. The designs did reference the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with many pieces acting as face coverings, including silk cowboy-style bandanas and knitwear featuring elongated necklines.
OFF-WHITE™ also tapped into its streetwear heritage with items that will no doubt hit StockX minutes after their releases. The show included a pair of unreleased OFF-WHITE™ Jordan’s, worn by piano playing Domino Afrifa, and more athletic pieces including a cropped black leather bomber and a sleek varsity jacket. On a separate channel, Abloh had models don athletic-wear while rock-climbing on an indoor wall.
However, there was a significant lack of the label’s iconic quotation marks. OFF-WHITE™ has been steadily reducing the number of its quotations used in the past few collections. Instead, they’ve been replaced with a series of circular holes on the clothes. Virgil says his inspiration for the punctures were to convey the idea of literally seeing through the garments themselves, “and to the human behind.”
The OFF-WHITE™ SS21 collection will become available through three drops between February and May.
Watch the full show below.