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Designer: Virgil Abloh
10-word review: Bart Simpson prints on denim; usually ripped, occasionally sequined.
Favourite look: Toss up between that double denim full look with contrast white denim panelling down the shoulders and trouser seams (look 6) and the simplicity of an oversized white T-shirt tucked into high-waisted washed out jeans (look 8).
Favourite accessory: People will call out the Off-White x Rimowa see-through cabin trolleys that were worn as backpacks (do you really want people seeing what’s inside your luggage?), but we gravitated towards the bluchers by Dr. Martens with the iconic Off-White red tag hanging off the laces—that’s right, for those looking for something less sporty than the ubiquitous Nike x Off-White collab (also shown on the runway), there’s now a Dr. Martens x Off-White shoe too.
Designer: Pierpaolo Piccioli
10-word review: Couture hits the streets with feathered sneakers and VLTN tracksuits.
Favourite look: That hypnotic blend of a khaki check suit blazer and matching track pants emblazoned with the graphic ‘VLTN’ logo duplicated in a window-pane pattern (look 58). There’s something jarring, but refreshingly so, in the clash of classic tailoring with the ease of slouchy streetwear and logomania. It sounds wrong, but it looked so right.
Favourite accessory: Hello, did you see the VLTN sneakers with feathers shooting up from the heel like some Achilles dream? It’s fabulous, it’s couture, and it doesn’t have to make sense. And come monsoon season, it doesn’t have to be practical either.
Designer: Jun Takahashi
10-word review: Eight style tribes from goth punk to kilt-wearing surfer dudes.
Favourite look: Since Takahashi presented eight tribes for his spring/summer 2019 show, we are going to pick our favourite tribe instead of a favourite look. And, personally, it’s hats off to the seventh group known as ‘The Larms’ with the tagline ‘The Psychic Force Generates’ billowing on their purple flag when they walked the finale. What does this mean? No idea. But we just loved the dystopian vibe with those ushanka caps (burgeoning trend given what we saw at Prada in Milan?) and hooded windbreakers crafted in shiny PVC, the faces of models painted in pastel shades of lavender and blue, and each holding a brightly coloured rod attached to the end of a chain. Why rods? To beat people out of the way when it comes to sale season, of course.
Favourite accessory: For sh*ts and giggles, those hammers with illuminated neon handles carried by the fourth tribe, ‘The Bloody Geekers’. For practicality, the berets and polkadot neckerchiefs worn by the eighth group, the Parisien punk ‘Zoruee’ tribe.
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