Yes, OFF-WHITE's 2017 Fall/Winter Collection Will Be "Nothing New"
Is that a response to Raf Simons’ commentary?
With Paris Fashion Week being right around the corner, Virgil Abloh has recently taken to Instagram to share the invitation to OFF-WHITE‘s 2017 fall/winter runway show.
Featuring Marcel Duchamp’s iconic work L.H.O.O.Q, which is basically a postcard reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa with Duchamp’s drawing on top, the invitation sees this season’s theme “Nothing New” printed in bold letters. The image is captioned:
First conceived in 1919, the work is one of what Duchamp referred to as readymades, or more specifically a rectified ready-made. The readymade involves taking mundane, often utilitarian objects not generally considered to be art and transforming them, by adding to them, changing them, or (as in the case of his most famous work Fountain) simply renaming them and placing them in a gallery setting.
Last month, Calvin Klein creative officer Raf Simons commented in an interview that he isn’t inspired or excited by the works of OFF-WHITE, stating that Abloh is “a sweet guy” but he isn’t a designer that creates something that “has not been seen.”
Could the ”Nothing New” collection be a response to Simons’ criticism? Stay with us for our coverage of the show to find out.