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Off-White’s spring/summer 2018 fashion show, presented this Thursday at the top of Paris Fashion Week, made me miss going to fashion shows in the early aughts, when it was feverish and exhausting and I blogged and loved everything and Fashion Week was so exciting.
Virgil Abloh was inspired by Princess Diana, who made a ghostly appearance in that iconic turquoise swimsuit on the sheer invite he sent to guests. From literal — evening clutches boasting the logos of magazines that stalked the people’s princess, heels in hand with sneakers and white athletic socks on feet — to subtle, he showed bold ’80s colors and sharp power suits. There were big shoulders, spandex bike shorts, and even sunglasses dangling from a model’s neck, but the runway never looked like ’80s cosplay. It looked like stuff you could actually wear. It’s stuff I want to wear.
Racked’s resident Princess Di expert, Ellie Krupnick, charted Abloh’s inspiration below.
Arguably Princess Di’s most iconic look of all time — just add shades.
Abloh added the words “Off-White Pattern” to his puffy black and white blouse.
Swap the skirt for bike shorts, add Jimmy Choo’s
glass plastic slippers.
The most literal look, also the most covetable.
Plaid power suits FTW.
Practical shoes for the working, walking woman.