Making the shift from street inspired menswear to women’s

another hot young designer who can’t figure out what to say to women

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Off White fall/winter 2017 collection (Helle Moos/MCV Photo for The Washington Post)

PARIS Not so long ago, the fashion rumor mill had Virgil Abloh, the designer behind Off White, canada goose jacket outlet possibly heading to Givenchy. The air has since been taken out of that free floating balloon, but the mere existence of the conversation Canada Goose Parka suggested that Abloh’s reputation for creativity and buzz had reached fairly heady heights. Thanks to his menswear, which forms the foundation of his brand, he has been on the shortlist for the canada goose outlet online uk LVMH designer prize, which celebrates up and coming talent and rewards it with financial and advisory support from the French luxury conglomerate that owns Givenchy among Canada Goose sale other brands.

Because Abloh has long worked with Kanye West as his creative director, he also has the patina of celebrity. And because Abloh is black, he is a rarity on the official Paris fashion calendar.

Off White fall/winter 2017 canada goose uk shop collection (Helle Moos/MCV Photo for The Washington Post)

What Abloh did not have was much experience in womenswear. In canada goose outlet sale previous collections, he struggled with some of the basics, notably fit. Making the shift from street inspired menswear to women’s clothes means wrestling with hips and busts, curves and proportions.

In the https://www.thebookstop.biz fall 2017 collection, Abloh seemed to have worked through those technical bugaboos. The clothes fit his models.

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And aesthetically, it was a canada goose factory outlet much more interesting show. Instead of canada goose outlet jackets walking along a plain runway, his models made their way through an evocative set the floor covered in a blanket of brown leaves and canada goose outlet nyc the path lined with bare trees. Abloh set a mood canada goose canada goose black friday sale outlet that was romantic, mysterious and just a little bit spooky. Indeed, his finale had the models filing out in pitch blackness only their flashlights guiding them, like something out of “The Blair Witch Project.” Had they changed clothes? Who knew if they were even still wearing clothes? It was nearly impossible to cheap canada goose uk see.

Off White fall/winter 2017 collection (Helle Moos/MCV Photo for The Washington Post)

Off White fall/winter 2017 canada goose outlet canada collection (Helle Moos/MCV Photo for The Washington Post)

Off White fall/winter 2017 collection (Helle Moos/MCV Photo for The Washington Post)

Now, he simply has canada goose to find his particular voice in womenswear. At the moment, his clothes are a dressed up mix of tailored skirts and jackets, as well as satin and lace dresses that look quite a bit like frocks that once appeared on the Givenchy runway under the direction of recently departed designer canada goose outlet toronto factory Riccardo Tisci.

Abloh seems to be getting tripped up by the same issue that distracts many canada goose outlet new york city menswear designers when they make the shift into womenswear. They don’t stay true to the canada goose coats aesthetic that brought their initial success the aesthetic that made women canada goose outlet ask: When will you design for us? Instead, they veer into cliches. Maybe it’s because they are creating clothes for the woman Canada Goose Jackets of their dreams and that woman is wearing towering heels and a tight dress; or, she is decked out in frills and fur. Meanwhile, the guys are getting the hip leather jackets with the distinctive Off White stripes painted across the cheap canada goose back, the cool jeans, the intriguing sweaters, the bravado, the swagger.

Off White fall/winter 2017 collection (Helle Moos/MCV Photo for The Washington Post)

Off White fall/winter 2017 collection (Helle Moos/MCV Photo for The Washington Post)

Off White fall/winter 2017 collection (Helle Moos/MCV Photo for The Washington Post)

Off White fall/winter 2017 collection (Helle Moos/MCV Photo for The Washington Post)

For fall, there were flashes of Off White’s distinctive lan. There were super cropped jackets, tiny bomber coats, fur wraps with white stripes and high waist jeans. They looked good. And they looked uniquely his.

Perhaps Abloh is making a point that not everyone in his generation of designers sees luxury in the form of elevated streetwear. Perhaps his heart really is in refined tailoring and romantic dresses. No one wants to pigeonhole him into a particular sensibility.

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