#SuzyPFW Off-White: Powered Up Sport And Leisure
As Virgil Abloh ran through the garage set – empty of vehicles but filled with sports people – he hit a fashion moment with his Off-White brand.
So called athleisure, or athletic and leisure wear, has been trying over the last half decade to link itself with fashion. But Virgil actually did this, by using genuine sporting stars as models – the first time this summer 2019 season that supermodel Bella Hadid has not won the runway call for attention.
Big sports names on the runway included US high jumper Vashti Cunningham, Colombian Caterine Ibargüen and British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith.
With a digital scoreboard tracking the athletic stars on the runway, it seemed more like a race track than a catwalk.
Except that the clothes included sweeping ball dresses in cotton, or other pretty materials, that melded with the opposing exercise elements.
A cluster of green weeds breaking up the concrete garage floor were the first signs that Virgil was thinking outside the stretch-fabric box. But this was not about a few token gestures of ‘fashion’ inserted in a sports line. Both categories seemed genuine: the sportswear which included Nike shoes that seemed to mix action with day-wear sneakers.
The designer added a sense of dreaming with python prints on brief dresses, shorts or trousers – all mixed with sportswear with a twist.
As well as the obvious sneakers, there was a high heel hybrid shoe with a denim-blue arrow.
The show was more than a respectable effort for the Paris fashion shows. Virgil Abloh, the former artistic director for Kanye West, caught a fashion moment.