PARIS — Backstage Thursday night at the Off-White women’s Fall / Winter 2017 runway show, creative director Virgil Abloh described the shift that has transpired in high fashion that has resulted in street style becoming an accepted idiom for even the most storied luxury houses. T-shirts, graphic, bold, it has been done in high fashion, which has put the onus on the likes of Abloh and others who are originators in that category to flip the script. To that end, the Off-White woman is at home borrowing from her mother’s wardrobe to make a distinguishing statement from her 20something peers. This shift was apparent in Abloh’s collection, which drew liberally from mother to create something not only credible in the streets, but also elegant and in keeping with the times. Is there truly nothing new as Abloh’s collection title pronounces? Depends on the audience and judging by the throngs of onlookers trying to slip into this show, it is not so much about new as it is about Virgil Abloh’s talent as an artist and clothing designer. To that end, he was well served a second season running in which Selena Forrest closed his runway show. Selena was joined by a further seven model from across the Next global network including Aiden Curtiss, Grace Elizabeth, Alanna Arrington, Lea Issarni, Wangy Xin Yu, Lorena Maraschi, and Julia Frauche.

Credits include: Client, Off-White; Collection, Women’s Ready-To-Wear Fall / Winter 2017; Clothing design, Virgil Abloh; Styling, Stevie Dance; Hair, James Pecis; Makeup, Fara Homidi; Casting, AM Casting; Video, Damien Neva at Next Management.