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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Bridging the Gap

When Virgil Abloh first made his move into the world of fashion design, he joined the ranks of Marcelo Burlon, Hood by Air and that whole genre of street-wear folks. As a continuation from his Pyrex Vision project, Off-White was very much a street-wear brand. The rise of so many heavily street-wear influenced brands had me questioning the longevity of such a style. It's definitely a very nichey market. Is it just a trend? How will it evolve? Will it evolve? After all, you can only have so many tailored sweats and graphic printed tees (if you ask me).

But that's where Virgil stands out from the rest. While there are still hints of his street-wear beginnings, he has really come into his own this FW15 season and taken things to the next level with sophisticated, innovative designs that are sure to become classics.
See what I mean, jelly beans? The 70s, luxe furs, and wide leg silhouettes have been overarching themes this season, but Virgil's interpretation is like no other. Instead of plain ol' wide legs, his have splits to showcase your killer shoes (which he also made). His tees are straight out of the 70's yet relevant, and those furs... well, I've already decided the below shearling moto jacket is mine. Not sure how it's going to happen yet, but it's going to happen -- hi mom! hi dad!

Not only was it one of my favorite collections I saw in Paris, I think it's top 5 of the season. Virgil has without a doubt bridged the gap between street-wear and elevated, actually wearable, designer clothing. Can you tell I haven't been this excited about a collection in it's entirety in a while? Will be posting the rest of my FW15 favorites soon so stay tuned!

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