Off-White, TheDoubleF Launch Capsule Collection

Off-White has teamed with Italian online retailer TheDoubleF to launch a capsule collection, which will be on sale on the e-commerce site from Wednesday.
Called TheDouble-OFF, the capsule consists of seven unisex pieces including a jacket, a hoodie, a sweatshirt, a T-shirt, a pair of jeans, as well as a hat and a belt, featuring details in the e-tailer’s signature teal green color.
“I started from the ‘TheDoubleF’ visual DNA to create a collection with a special crafted identity that relates to the Off-White core image,” said Off-White creative director and chief executive officer Virgil Abloh.
“We believe in synergies, a critical element to differentiate ourselves in a highly competitive market. So, who better than Virgil Abloh could inaugurate our series of exclusive collaborations?” TheDoubleF ceo Francesco Galli said, referring to the series of exclusive collaborations with high-end designers and brands to be developed in coming months.  “Off-White and TheDoubleF are two emerging brands with a disruptive DNA — the result is an explosive capsule collection.”
To promote the TheDouble-OFF capsule, TheDoubleF has tapped Milan-based photographer Piotr Niepsuj, who explored the theme of duality by working with two models and mirrors.
The capsule retails from 190 euros for the T-shirt to 1,400 euros for the jacket.
Launched last year, TheDoubleF is

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Virgil Abloh’s Fans and Family Attend Off-White Show

FAMILY AFFAIR: Virgil Abloh’s nearest and dearest packed into the Off-White show on Wednesday, including his sister and parents, who were taking in their first show by the designer.
“We made it this time — two of them,” said his mother, Eunice Abloh, referring to Abloh’s upcoming debut men’s collection for Louis Vuitton. “We’re so proud. He always knew what he wanted to do, and he did it,” she added, with Abloh’s father, Nee, chipping in: “Very ambitious, very aggressive. He always had a vision.”
Quincy Brown and Christian “King” Combs were also on a twofer track, with plans to attend the Louis Vuitton show on Thursday.
“The words can’t even describe. This is history — history in the making,” said Brown, who stars in an upcoming Christmas film on Netflix.

Christian “King” Combs and Quincy Brown 
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“I’m glad to be here, black excellence, I’m witnessing history here, it’s a blessing,” he added. Next to him, Combs was wearing an eye-catching shiny, emerald-green coat with matching trousers.
“This is a first — you know, African-American and Louis Vuitton — it’s such history, I have to be there,” said Combs, who just released a new single with Chris Brown called “Love You Better” and appears in

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EXCLUSIVE: Off-White Releases Capsule Collection With Sunglass Hut

Off-White’s Virgil Abloh is jumping back into the sunglasses market, and this time in a big way: Abloh is collaborating with Sunglass Hut to launch a capsule collection.
The designer already has numerous collaborations under his belt, including Off-White c/o Jimmy Choo for spring; Nike c/o Virgil Abloh the Ten, and Off-White c/o Warby Parker in July 2017, which was his first foray into the eyewear market. But the partnership with Sunglass Hut is a first for his brand in terms of size and scope.
“Sunglass Hut and Luxottica offer Off-White exposure to a wide audience that might not know about the brand,” Abloh said when asked about the reason to partner with the eyewear company. Sunglass Hut offers Abloh a reach on a global scale, including Asia, Mexico, Australia, the U.K. and the U.S.
“I’ve always thought of sunglasses as an important accessory in a fashion context. It’s a small object that can give you the nuances of a brand’s opinion on design,” Abloh said. “For me, I was looking to incorporate classic shapes from the past with a youthful modern elegance. All lenses are flat, which gives each style the same edge.”
The unisex collection, made up of three styles, are each

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Takashi Murakami, Future and Miguel among Guests at Off-White

TEAM WORK: Among the familiar faces at Off-White’s show Wednesday morning was a surprise figure: Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Could his appearance –complete with Nike Air Force 1 sneakers with mismatched laces that made him fit right into the crowd – be the sign of a coming collaboration? “Maybe not,” said Murakami. “My friend G-Dragon wears this brand, I like it a lot.”
Otherwise the artist has museum exhibitions coming up later in the year in Paris, London, Vancouver and Fort Worth, he said.
Speaking of sneakers, streetwear designer Jerry Lorenzo does have a tie-up in the works. “We have a Nike collaboration coming up for back to school,” he said. Designs will be inspired by Lorenzo’s childhood on the West Coast, he revealed.
Sitting with other front-row guests including Future and Don Crawley, Miguel also had fashion in mind. “I’m doing a small collaboration with a brand called Rhude from Los Angeles, the creative director’s a good friend of mine,” said the artist, who will start touring in the U.S. next month following the release of his latest album in December.
The collaborative spirit of Off-White is what appeals to him about the label. “That’s absolutely why I’m here; Virgil is very warm,

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Off-White, Monse to Design Costumes for New York City Ballet

New York City Ballet will soon mark the sixth installment of its Fall Gala, with costumes by an unconventional group of designers.
Monse’s Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim, Off-White’s Virgil Abloh, Tsumori Chisato and Jonathan Saunders have been paired with choreographers, working in tandem to create original works set to premiere at the Sept. 28 event.
Monse will work with New York City Ballet principal dancer Lauren Lovette to create costumes for her second choreographic work for the company. Chisato has been paired with NYCB resident choreographer Justin Peck. Abloh will design costumes for a new piece by choreographer Gianna Reisen. Saunders — designing ballet costumes independently of DVF, where he is chief creative officer — has been paired with NYCB soloist Troy Schumacher, who is creating his third choreographic work for the company.
Sarah Jessica Parker has reprised her role as the gala’s event chair. The fashion gala was conceived by Parker in 2012. Each year, the actress, designer and producer wrangles fashion designers for the costuming task. Past participants have included Thom Browne, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Carolina Herrera, Marques’Almeida, Valentino, Olivier Theyskens and Dries Van Noten, among others.
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Off-White To Make Pitti Uomo Debut

Off-White, the streetwear label founded by Virgil Abloh, will be a special guest at international men’s wear trade show Pitti Uomo, running in Florence June 13-16.
On June 15, the label will present its latest spring 2018 men’s collection, as well as a selection of pieces from the resort 2018 women’s lineup.
The event will take place the day after the debut at Pitti Uomo of Irish designer J. W. Anderson, who will show his namesake line’s spring 2018 men’s wear collection on June 14 in a still-undisclosed location.
“I’m really honored to present my work for the first time at Pitti Uomo, one of the most relevant platforms which marked the history of fashion over the years,” said Abloh. “My goal is to add a unique chapter to the evolution of this brand.”
“In a moment where the traditional boundaries between fashion and streetwear blur, Virgil Abloh turned his lifestyle into a successful brand,” said Pitti Immagine communication and event director Lapo Cianchi. “He managed to bring Off-White to a stylistic maturation without losing that ability to shock, sometimes in a very direct and frisky way, which enabled him to build a name for himself.”
 

Off-White Men’s Fall 2017 
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Off-White Pre-Fall 2017

There’s a new Pablo in town. Virgil Abloh, Kanye West’s creative director, has tapped French street artist Pablo Tomek to collaborate on the pre-fall collection for his label Off-White.
He plastered Tomek’s abstract expressive brush strokes on everything from a silk parka to a body-conscious digitized intarsia knit dress, as well as clutches with construction-inspired hardware, marking the latest confluence between the red-hot streetwear and graffiti art scenes.
Abloh shot the look book for the collection outside the Palais de Tokyo contemporary art museum in Paris, where Tomek has painted an outside wall. “It’s kind of perfect that we’re in this cold,” he said, noting that the title of the collection was “Global Warming?”
The street style guru said the theme was inspired by the U.S. election campaign, during which Donald Trump called climate change a “hoax.” But the link with the outfits was tenuous at best – think chunky coats and jackets paired with an assortment of scuba dresses, ruffled shirts and cropped black PVC pants.
The outerwear was similarly disjointed, with options including a crushed blue velvet puffer jacket and a chubby fox fur jacket incorporating Off-White’s signature black-and-white stripes – suggesting this candidate needs to further refine his message.

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