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Held at the Jardin du Palais-Royal, guests – including the upper echelon of Virgil’s posse such as Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Kylie Jenner, A$AP Rocky and Takashi Murakami – sat under sweltering Parisian summer sun opposite a dramatically long, multi-colored runway. Soundtracked by Canadian band BadBadNotGood, a pan-ethnic cast featured a slew of recognizable faces like Kid Cudi, Dev Hynes, A$AP Nast, Lucien Clarke, Playboi Carti, Theophilus London and Blondey McCoy.
The 56-look range wasn’t anything too out of the ordinary for the Off-White head honcho, whose penchant for street-tinged luxury was unleashed with bold vigor. Tie-dyed and floral, Wizard of Oz-themed pieces (which turned out to be a collaboration with Warner Bros. to celebrate the iconic film’s 80th anniversary) made up the collection’s graphic scope, which were noticeably kept at a minimum. Elsewhere, loose-fitted trousers, utility vests, sheer shirting, hoodies and tailored trench coats were funneled through a gradient of color-blocking. Weaved in the line’s footwear range were a smattering of high-top sneakers (which weren’t dissimilar to Abloh’s famed “The Ten” Nike series) and patent oxford dress shoes. The accessories were a particular highlight, including a translucent, iridescent monogram duffle, croc-embossed chest rig, chain-embellished trunks and cross-body bags.
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