Coming from an architectural background infused with his unique flair for style, Virgil Abloh has always seemed fascinated by the art of industrialism and construction. Seen in the signature use of chains, zip tags and his unfinished silhouettes worn on the runway, the designer of Off-White has carried on his aesthetic into Pre-Fall 2019.
Drawing inspiration for his latest Off-White collection, Abloh has looked to “Incompiuto” for the theme around the lookbook. Pulling from Italian artist collective Alterazioni Video’s – a series revolving around years of research and fieldwork on unfinished public works in Italy – his latest designs are set behind old building works and overgrown shrub, complimenting the threads.
From oversized silhouettes to neat tailoring, Abloh’s designs are imbued with his own sense of deconstruction. Hems are left raw and unfinished, looks are haphazardly dyed, and the standout piece – a GoreTex set – is emblazoned with graffiti; the print has been taken from a construction site near his residence. With his work on Louis Vuitton menswear, Off-White is also taking a more refined direction in the form of button-down shirts, blazers and vinyl trenches, a welcomed contrast to his quintessential street style.
The rest of Pre-Fall 2019 appears to be driven by the Virgil Abloh x Alterazioni Video collaboration, with the collection set to create the sets for the Off-White Fall 2019 show in January.
Stay tuned and check out the men’s lookbook below.