Structure versus flux: Off-White’s resort collection could well function as a metaphor for the uncertainty gripping the world as the coronavirus upends our daily habits. Virgil Abloh named the line “Bohemian Blur,” in reference to the watery print that was a central theme.
“The visual represents movement, strength, flow-through and abstraction; the world’s ‘new normal’ is not yet defined,” the collection notes stated. “In order to face what will come, to progress as a society, and to evolve for the greater good, fluidity — even if imperfect — is necessary.”
The print, in pink-and-black or monochrome versions, appeared on asymmetric dresses and tops, pleated skirts and structured blazers alike. Abloh is fond of a sharp shoulder, and this season, they were ramrod straight on coats, dress shirts and even a safari jacket.
The mix of strong tailoring with casual staples — leather biker jackets, puffer coats and track pants with cargo pockets on the knees — made for a clean silhouette that seemed tailor-made for these ambiguous times. Abloh dubbed it “wardrobe simplification.”
“In a moment when much is uncertain, fundamental elements are key,” his statement read. It’s safe to say this highly commercial lineup won’t rock the boat.