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PARKHOTEL MONDSCHEIN

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FUFU KYOTO

An Intimate Luxury Hotel that Entwines Traditional Japanese Dining, Architecture and Hospitality with Modern Elegance

JACQUEMUS PARIS

A Pure Interior Led By Playfulness and Surprise

The Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre

The Charred-Brick 'Black Box' Presenting The Beauty Of Theatre & Performance

GAIA

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Honouring ISSEY MIYAKE

The Legacy Remains: Merging Art & Fashion, East & West, Tradition & Technical Innovation

UNITED PLACES BOTANIC GARDENS

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Naoshima Ryokan ROKA

Designed by Okayama-based studio Nottuo, a New Modern Stay on Japan’s ‘Art Island’

Restaurang ÄNG

NORM Architects Creates A Light-Filled Glasshouse For The Michelin-Starred Restaurant

JAPANESE CRAFTSMANSHIP: BAMBOO WEAVING

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HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE SS23

As Ever, The Joy Of Movement & Ease of Pleats Prevails

Serpentine Pavilion 2022

Artist Theaster Gates Designs the 21st Pavilion

BRUT-AL

Argentinian-Australian Designer Alexander Lotersztain's Ode to Brutalism

Serpentine Pavilions 2000-2021

A Champ Online Retrospective Of Two Decades of The Radical Architectural Event

PURE FORM

The Art Gallery of South Australia Presents Japan's Avant-Garde Ceramics

KABIRA & KANGRI

The Beauty Of Indian Textile Craftsmanship In ISSEY MIYAKE Sub-Brand HaaT's SS22 Collection

OFF WHITE SS19 ” TRACK + FIELD”

Athletes And Models On The Track-Like Runway For A Sport-Inspired Collection

October, 2018
Off White SS19 Runway & Backstage © Flo Kohl

Photographer Flo Kohl captured a glimpse of the preparations backstage, where both athletes and models were preparing for womenswear label Off White‘s SS19 “TRACK + FIELD” collection.

Always one to do things differently, Off White‘s Virgil Abloh has presented his womenswear SS19 collection with Nike on a track-inspired, more commonly known as structured lines for track and field athletics. Perhaps not so much a metaphor for the competitive world of fashion, but simply a new form of presenting a collection that is so heavily sport-inspired and one that aims to empower all types of women. With a stellar set design and art direction in partnership with award-winning Paris-based creative agency Convoy, on the set design, screen concept and accompanying animations.

Off White doesn’t aim to please the fashion industry. It never really has. It continues on it’s pathway of mass influence to the ever-growing power of luxury streetwear, but, it has always been an outlet for Abloh to push the boundaries that have long existed in the industry, through his unique position in the industry and his extraordinary understanding of the cultural zeitgeist.

His move is permanently set to ‘do it different’, a contrast to others reluctantly changing gears and deeply analysing their next moves. 

The unique position he holds in the industry is also because his work intercepts with other cultural fields. Where traditionally the fashion industry stuck to its own, Abloh’s strength lies in his unbreakable friendships that extend to the music, architecture and art realms. Back in fashion, which other house had all three of the most influential models right now walking their show? Kaia Gerber, Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid. The clothes will sell themselves.

‘Luxury streetwear’, the category which  has made millions for many in a short amount of time may soon find its time up whilst the overall audience seeks ‘the new’. Nevertheless, Abloh won’t be affected by this, he’s already running the next race.

Off White SS19 Runway & Backstage © Flo Kohl
Off White SS19 Runway & Backstage © Flo Kohl
Off White SS19 Runway & Backstage © Flo Kohl
Off White SS19 Runway & Backstage © Flo Kohl
Off White SS19 Runway & Backstage © Flo Kohl
Off White SS19 Runway & Backstage © Flo Kohl
Off White SS19 Runway & Backstage © Flo Kohl
Off White SS19 Runway & Backstage © Flo Kohl
Off White SS19 Runway & Backstage © Flo Kohl
Off White SS19 Runway & Backstage © Flo Kohl
Off White SS19 Runway & Backstage © Flo Kohl
Off White SS19 Runway & Backstage © Flo Kohl
Off White SS19 Runway & Backstage © Flo Kohl
Off White SS19 Runway & Backstage © Flo Kohl
Off White SS19 Runway & Backstage © Flo Kohl
Off White SS19 Runway & Backstage © Flo Kohl
Off White SS19 Runway & Backstage © Flo Kohl
Off White SS19 Runway & Backstage © Flo Kohl

All images Flo Kohl

Written by Nick Daley

October, 2018