《GQ》專訪設計師 Virgil Abloh 談論品牌 PYREX,OFF-WHITE 以及時裝週

作為 PYREX, OFF-WHITE 兩個街頭品牌的主理人,Virgil Abloh 近日在其米蘭的工作室接受了《GQ》雜誌有關於過往幾年一系列項目的訪問。身兼多重身份的 Abloh

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作為 PYREX, OFF-WHITE 兩個街頭品牌的主理人,Virgil Abloh 近日在其米蘭的工作室接受了《GQ》雜誌有關於過往幾年一系列項目的訪問。身兼多重身份的 Abloh 在採訪中談論到街頭品牌 PYREX 的背後的意圖和 OFF-WHITE 近幾季背後的靈感以及對在時裝週開展發佈會的承諾等話題。如今作為一位潮流引領者,Abloh 除了重申不想只當一名時尚設計師,而是往更深的層次進發。無論是男裝,女裝支線還是最近設計的傢具,Virgil Abloh 總算是一位成功的榜樣,想了解更多內容除了可以留意以下部份採訪以外,也可前往 GQ 查閱。

Is being a mentor to a lot of twenty-something-year-old kids part of representing for your generation?
I take pride in that. I’m reflecting back what I wish I had when I was young. There was no one showing us the ropes, so, given the opportunity, I prefer to pay it forward. I think of it like Jordan. You saw him get better. You got to watch that every season.

You said earlier that making clothes is about planting a flag in the ground with a silhouette that says, This is my idea. So what’s the idea that defines Off-White?
The idea is my collections are, like, me reporting live from the streets [laughs]. It’s a very real-world, feet-on-the-ground type of design approach. I feel it’s important to represent my generation in fashion on its main stage. And what we’ve seen is the silhouette of men’s clothes go to slim everything: The skinniest possible jeans and even skinny sweatpants. So with this next season, I’m trying to explore the romanticism of a baggier pant. I just think there’s a certain coolness to it. Then the other element is outerwear and layering options for fall—fleece and parkas. This collection is based on vintage mountaineering layering lifestyle outerwear.

Because Off-White is all original, but with Pyrex, you were grabbing pre-existing garments and printing your own shit on them.
Yeah, that was the whole idea. People misconstrued that. For me it was obvious, but I understand that it wasn’t for others. It’s just reappropriation. That’s what the whole thing was: Grab [Ralph Lauren] Rugby shirts, buy them all, then print on them, and then everyone tries to find the stuff. Or they see the Rugby shirts on sale, and they’re like, “Wait, that was a thirty dollar flannel, now it’s $500?” And it’s like, Well, you didn’t think of it first. And off the back of that I got the opportunity to do full collections. Men’s and women’s. So then the question for me became, What’s my voice? It’s partially Pyrex, but it’s also, equally, sophistication. I come with a full reason for everything I do. Everything has a long explanation. Some random social reference, plus some other fashion point of view, plus the youth, plus Pyrex, equals Off-White.

For the new fall ’15 collection, where did the mountaineering inspiration come from?
I get intrigued by places and people. Local lifestyles. The first season, I was super into Martha Stewart, Nantucket, Montauk vibes. This season I started out with Jackson Hole. I snowboarded when I was young, and I used to go to Jackson Hole every winter, and I was remembering that mountain lifestyle. It’s like, people that spend their day trying to make it to the top. And for me, Off-White is a bunch of juxtapositions, so I wanted to juxtapose mountaineering with an urban setting, and that became Wall Street. Two different lifestyles, but this whole idea of getting to the top was the premise. I came up with a fake school called Meadow Heights—just another excuse to use a font—and then I named the collection “Don’t Look Down,” which is just a clever title for all these different references. I was studying vintage mountaineering, the first ascent of Mount Everest, looking at the outerwear from back then, looking at the form, the function, and the layering. So I used that and whipped it up.

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