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Princess Di Does Paris Fashion Week

Off-White’s off-duty people’s princess.

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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.

Princess Diana in off the shoulder dress Photo: Jayne Fincher/Getty Images
Off White runway model	Photo: Estrop/Getty Images

Abloh added the words “Off-White Pattern” to his puffy black and white blouse.

Princess Diana looking over her shoulder in close-up Photo: Anwar Hussein/Getty Images
Off-white by Virgil Abloh runway model Photo: Estrop/Getty Images

Swap the skirt for bike shorts, add Jimmy Choo’s glass plastic slippers.

Princess Diana with flowers, wearing a white suit Photo: Tim Graham/Getty Images
Off-white by Virgil Abloh runway model Photo: Estrop/Getty Images

The most literal look, also the most covetable.

Princess Di n a pink dress with Charles Photo: Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images
Off-white by Virgil Abloh runway model Photo: Estrop/Getty Images

Plaid power suits FTW.

Princess Di with Charles near a river Photo: Anwar Hussein/Getty Images
Off-white by Virgil Abloh runway model Photo: Estrop/Getty Images

Practical shoes for the working, walking woman.

Princess Diana exiting a car in a pink suit Photo: Tim Graham/Getty Images
Off-white by Virgil Abloh runway model Photo: Estrop/Getty Images