Virgil Abloh and Lily Allen in conversation with i-D
UK-based singer Lily Allen and prominent streetwear designer Virgil Abloh make an unexpectedly perfect mashup, and Off White's Resort 21 collection proves it.
If you're a fan of the distinct pop culture and music of the 2000s, you're def familiar with Allen's work. Her musical talent and witty lyricism isn't all that propelled her beyond London's music scene and into a global performer ― the artist curated an instantly ― recognizable look for herself that resonated with fans when she burst onto the scene in 2006. You can describe it in four words: prom dresses & sneakers.
The combo of glam and grunge defined Allen's aesthetic back in the day, and today made her an obvious fit to collab with Off White ― a label that mashes high-end fashion with accessible streetwear looks. Virgil's newest line dissects and reimagines classic eveningwear shapes and wraps them in premium leather, resulting in staple pieces that combine hybrid inspirations like the Out of Office shoe, the Allen Heel, and the Jordan 5.
The duo also discussed how Allen's signature style originally came to be, with the musician citing her roots in the metropolitan yet bohemian vibe of West London. She said that glamorous full-length prom dresses made her feel more confident about her short 5'2 frame, and as far as the sneakers-over-heels look, "who wants to wear fucking high heels all day?!"
Couldn't have said it better ourselves, Lily.
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