Virgil Abloh and the Power of Juxtaposition

by on August 6, 2014
 

At its best, a piece of art can capture the shared mentality of an entire generation.  A successful piece of clothing, then, should aspire for the same level of emotional urgency.  For the Millennial set, the inherent difficulties surrounding that crucial act of encapsulation have changed tremendously.  The unspoken divide between so-called high and low culture has been weakened if not obliterated, leaving in its wake a new frontier of forward-thinking designers and artists at large.

Off-White A/W 14-5 womenswear

Off-White A/W 14-5 womenswear

One such “artist at large” is Virgil Abloh, a Chicago-born fashion designer, architect, and creative director whose distinct perspective on the effervescent nowness of modern (and beyond) clothing has flooded Tumblr dashboards and Paris runways over the past few years.  Abloh’s seasonal ready-to-wear brand OFF-WHITE fuses those shattered aspects of the aforementioned high and low, at once welding something entirely new.

Off-White S/S 15 menswear collection

Off-White S/S 15 menswear collection

In a recent interview with Style Bubble, Abloh emphasized the juxtapositional nature of both his work and an entire generation.  “High, low.  Cheap, chic,” he said.  “I love it when those things crash.”

Virgil Abloh

Virgil Abloh

 Photo via Instagram: @virgilabloh