Although Virgil Abloh is now splitting his time between OFF-WHITE and Louis Vuitton, where he was named creative director of menswear earlier this year, that doesn’t mean he won’t pull out all the stops when his label shows at Paris Fashion Week for SS19. As always, fans and fashion critics alike will be eager to see what the designer has cooked up and how it will differ from his Louis Vuitton show.
Below we’ve gathered everything you need to know about the OFF-WHITE SS19 show at Paris Fashion Week so you’re prepared for whatever Abloh might throw at us. That includes where and when the show is, how to watch it, and what to expect. Browse what we know so far and keep checking back for more confirmed information as it emerges.
The OFF-WHITE show takes place on Wednesday, June 20 at Paris Fashion Week Men’s at 11 a.m. local time (5 a.m. EST), a day before Abloh makes his Louis Vuitton bow.
OFF-WHITE’s FW18 Paris Fashion Week show was streamed online, which leads us to believe this show will be live-streamed, too. The live-stream page has not been created yet, but if you head to OFF-WHITE’s official site closer to the date, you should be able to find it. Abloh will also most likely make an announcement about the stream either on his own Instagram account or via OFF-WHITE’s.
Off-White™ c/o @Rimowa “More Personal Belongings” collaboration see-thru polycarbonate suitcase. the ongoing a study in the emotional attachment to ones suitcase. design c/o @virgilabloh.
The recently unveiled RIMOWA collaboration will likely play a part in OFF-WHITE’s upcoming SS19 show at Paris Fashion Week. The transparent suitcases will get a wider release on June 25, with a limited number set to drop during the menswear show on June 20 in Paris. Retail is reportedly set at $995.
Speaking to The Business of Fashion, Abloh explained the concept behind the transparent design. “It’s like 3.0 of personalization,” he said. “It’s not just putting your initials on it, but allowing another layer to come in play. There’s an emotional component to owning [the suitcase] and you become a performance art piece just by using the thing. It’s like putting your items on display and rethinking the premise of a product.”
RIMOWA co-CEO Alexandre Arnault explained to BoF his reasons for tapping Abloh for the collab. “At LVMH, we have a saying that we like to be between tradition and modernity. RIMOWA is a 120-year-old brand and what we’re doing with Virgil is a great example of modernity,” he said.
Will you be watching OFF-WHITE’s SS19 show? What do you think Abloh has up his sleeve? Let us know in the comments.
Next, check out everything we know about Louis Vuitton’s SS19 show here.