This year’s Men’s Fashion Week in Paris started with a veritable ‘Tornado Warning’ where Virgil Abloh’s Off-White collection for fall/winter 2020 runway show in Paris introduced and re-established his take on streetwear-inspired extravagance. The show also debuted the long-rumored and highly anticipated Off-White x Nike Air Jordan 5 sneakers demonstrating that Abloh’s half-year absence last season has at last been made-up for. Not yet affirmed by the designer himself or Jordan, the sneakers are speculated to arrive in February around NBA All-Star Weekend or April, with a retail price of AED 826.
Abloh kept-away from the usual VIP line-up this time and chose to go with basic where models strolled down the runway in an easygoing arrangement of slouchy suits, turtle neckpieces with exemplary coats including a belted leather jacket, trench coats, and bombers. A very prominent design that has got the internet talking is a pair of baggy jeans with utility-style pockets – like an integrated fanny pack covered with car racing skid marks, paired with grey and black Air Jordan 5 sneakers. What’s more, Abloh’s patent point of view of considering some fresh possibilities was in the “plot twist” shoes which comprised of a white sneaker and a dark lace-up — both of which featured blue soles.
During a conversation backstage, Virgil Abloh told WWD, “You have countries burning, you have threats of world war. On a micro level, you have strikes in Paris where you can’t even move. So it’s like, how do you make sense of all of this turmoil?” the designer said backstage. “I believe in optimism rather than pessimism.” He added, “I think it’s foolish to believe that anything stays forever, especially in trends and fashion,”
“I’m interested in staying in the groove that culture and fashion move in, and I think things are evolving. I’m very much a different designer than when I started, and I’m responding to different things.”
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