Whatever Virgil Abloh (founder and creative director of Off-White™) touches appears to turn to gold. From the logo-stamped industrial belts that every woman and her assistant wants to cinch around denim jackets through to patchworked jeans that celebrities can't get enough of, this designer's new vision for urbanwear is growing by the minute. However, not just a designer to be tapped for denim and hoodies, Virgil's spring 2018 collection showcased a slew of evening-ready party looks and unexpectedly business-friendly suiting too.
All the seemingly classic exits came through with enough of an offbeat twist here and there to make you realise these were no ordinary, stiff, sensible garms. Each look was also flourished with spectacularly good shoes: Shoes that are part of a collaboration with Jimmy Choo, no less. Shoes that were classic in silhouette but entirely flipped upside down and back to front (metaphorically speaking, of course) to be shrouded in clear PVC or to have pretty front bows blown up to gargantuan proportions, for example.
Abloh's longstanding muse is Diana, Princess of Wales and 20 years after her untimely death, it seems apt that a connection between one of the brand's original superfans should come full circle. “Creative dreams were fulfilled when able to combine the young exuberance of Off-White and the storied elegance of Jimmy Choo,” says Virgil Abloh, who has bold reworked some existing styles as well as introducing entirely new ones. And it would appear the combination is already gathering consumer and celebrity attention months ahead of its launch in February.
While Rihanna placed first dibs on a pair of the white, quilted mid-calf boots called Sara and the PVC-encased strappy Claire courts, over at Brownsfashion.com's press day for S/S 18, the buying team informed me that shoppers are already showing more than enough interest for a waiting list to start. So if you're wondering which It shoes everyone is going to wear in 2018, we've got the answer.
Go through the gallery to see each shoe style before they land on 21 February, 2018—and then mark the date in your diary.