Power suits made in leather, giant puffer coats, a cropped blazer with short shorts; these are just a few takeouts from Virgil Abloh’s latest showcase for Off-White, the label he launched in 2013. Street is a recurring reference in Abloh’s Off-White, fused with bourgeois silhouettes, punk-inspired cuts, and hints of classic Parisian chic. It’s this ability of his, to blend disparate design forms, that have made him one of the most celebrated designers today.
Over the past few years, his Midas touch has catapulted some of the most underrated products to cult status. Be it his fresh take on Ikea’s Frakta bag, with ‘Sculpture’ written on its side with tape placed at select seams; or his re-imagining of 10 most iconic Nike silhouettes; or his oversized logo emblazoned sweats, every Off-White piece is a manifestation of Abloh’s creative bravado.
If you are a newbie to the brand that everyone from Bella Hadid to Hailey Baldwin to Kendall Jenner is wearing, here’s a quick (shopping) guide to 10 best pieces from Off-White.
Made in pure cotton, this piece sets a definitive tone for Virgil Abloh’s Off-White. With long sleeves, a hood, and a crew-neck collar, it has Monalisa print on the front and back.
These blue jelly mules are the Gen Z ankle straps. Made in 100 percent leather, these heels have a black and white striped sole and zip tie closure.
The little black dress just got a funky revamp! This one’s knitted with ‘Black Dress’ emblazoned at front.
Perfect outerwear for transitional climate, it is a zipped at front anorak in red and black. With a mock neck collar and rubber patches at front and on the sleeves, the piece easily makes a style headway.
A satin trench, yes, please! This long sleeved, double-breasted trench made in chequered satin is everything. With rubber patches and tone on tone belt at waist, this will get you winter-ready.
If you want your footwear to be the focus, these ‘For Walking’ patent leather high-heeled, thigh-grazing boots can help.
Varsity jackets are back. Layer them over a T-shirt or even a jumper – they are one of the most versatile winter cover-ups ever. This leather varsity jacket in green and blue is winter goals.
Adding a pinch of drama to classics is the USP of the label and this long sleeved field jacket in military green with fuchsia diagonal prints on the sleeves and arrows at back proves the same.
Regular white shirts are a passé. This one balances out a number of features – it’s wrapped, pleated, long-sleeved, and with an asymmetric hemline.
Made in leather, this box bag features graphics on the front and back, has two black handles and a black industrial strap. Just in case you are on a hunt for something classic, this understated yet too-cool-for-school piece will work.