Virgil Abloh Deads Pyrex Vision, Branches Out With Off-White

Virgil Abloh is a man of many talents. He designed streetwear sensation Pyrex Vision, is the founder and owner of RSVP Gallery in Chicago, is part of the #BEEN #TRILL collection and is known to many of you as the DONDA dude who handles general shit that has to do with Kanye West. As of today, his resume just got a little longer because Virgil just launched his latest collection, Off-White, for S/S 14. Abloh has teased Off-White off and on for the past few months, going so far as to update his Twitter and Instagram bios to reflect his newest venture. Now, full photos of the collection have surfaced on Style.com.

At first glance, these clothes seem to be the natural extension (if not really a progression) from Pyrex Vision. The numbers on the back of shirts that essentially defined the now defunct label are still omnipresent, as are the small white box logos that appear side by side on shorts, pants and tees. Where the word "Pyrex" had once been emblazoned, it has since been replaced by "White". While there's an added sort of crosswalk-esque print motif gracing several pieces, in general, even the color palette is virtually identical to Pyrex's last, and more prominent offering, consisting of simple solids such as black, white, light blue, yellow and red. Certainly there's an argument to be made for "not fixing what ain't broke (and makes you a ton of money)," considering Pyrex sold like fucking hot cakes sprinkled with crack when it dropped. But if this is really Virgil's new, "big idea"—one that took months upon months of trying, dedicated work—then excuse me if I'm having trouble spotting the "new". Even the collection's name, "The Youth Will Always Win", is exactly same as the Pyrex Vision collection it's so obviously based on.

That in mind, it's good to see that Virgil has ditched his controversial methods of printing graphics on 3rd party garments (namely, Ralph Lauren Rugby flannels) in favor of cut and sew production and Italian manufacturing. At least now the high prices he's sure to charge will have some sort of justification, although how high those prices will be is still unknown.

Look, I like a long flannel shirt as much as the next guy. I'd even go as far to say that the camouflage jacket with patch overload its kind of cool on its own. But I just can't help thinking Abloh squandered an opportunity to prove to people that he isn't just a one trick pony. Ironically enough, Virgil told Stlye.com that he thinks streetwear is known for its "one trick pony-ness."

Whether he likes it or not, there's stigma that comes with being a Kanye West affiliate. Shit, the title of the Style.com article refers to Abloh as a "Kanye West's creative consigliere". There are a good amount of people who, justifiably, think that without Kanye, Virgil would be where he is today. I can't speak to the truth of that even though I've had the opportunity to speak to Virgil on a few occasions. However, I can say with confidence that he's a genuinely receptive person and is interested in the creative ventures of others. He is not the kind of snob that one might expect from a guy whose boss refers to himself as a god. Perhaps these personal encounters, however small, gave me false hope that he'd be able to shake that "mini Yeezus" stigma since the moment I first heard about Off-White. At the very least, I wanted Virgil to give people a reason to believe that he is truly indispensable to Kanye's various creative ventures. Virgil is someone who clearly understands the current status quo of high-fashion, streetwear and where they intersect. I agree that Riccardo Tisci designing couture dresses while wearing Air Force 1's is something special to our generation. And I agree that the youth will always win. I just don't think Off-White is a win for the youth.

  • Zebra

    WTF is this shit?

  • loganiq

    read my mind.

  • qrct1

    This shit looks like it’s already sold the fuck out

  • http://www.evilmerino.tumblr.com/ Evil Merino

    I mean it’s essentially HBA. Screen printing shit on black shirts is not a replacement for actual cut & sew and garment construction.

    • queb

      If you’d read the article above you’d know that it is cut and sew.

      • http://www.evilmerino.tumblr.com/ Evil Merino

        Sorry my bad it’s just cut & sew designed to look exactly like a
        screen-printed black t-shirt that looks just like HBA. Good thing it’s got that Italian construction gonna have such good hand you have no idea bruh.

  • queb

    Same old shit. I do kind of like the diagonal stripe motif but it’s done in such a lazy way (constricted by screen sizes and just thrown into a square or rectangle).

  • Nic

    virgil on that HBA wave

  • NP10

    Vomiting everywhere. Give me the cash he has and I will make something 10 times better. Damn Virgil, step it up.

  • BuckDat

    For the prices i would be paying for these, wouldnt i want them to not fit like an umbrella?

  • stfumikep

    “Virgil Abloh is a man of many talents.” You’re just lying right out the gates. I don’t even need to read the rest.

  • Yes.

    It’s a baby step up from Pyrex. I mean, it all looks nice and it will definitely sell out, but it doesn’t look all that…

  • TrendReportBlog

    This is wack for the same reason the Pink brand is. You can’t put white on a orange shirt. It’s just confusing.

  • 92

    virgil is the reason streetwea has been slaughtered and taken over by asians who wear whatever kanye wore + some of those sunglasses that switch to shades when you go outside

  • Guest

    This does it… From now on it’s just Common Projects & Acne. None of this Bullshit. Been overplayed.

    • yee

      only 2 brands that sounds very practical

  • Tony

    Kanye didn’t bring a fucking mountain across the country for this shit, Virgil.

  • OK_ok

    Virgil´s like Turtle in the last season if Kanye was Vince.

  • meow

    Garbage as usual.

  • fuccyouraunty

    Virgil abloh…talent? the fuck nigga. man….dis nigga got me hot bruh

  • fuccyouraunty

    talented cause he’s kanye number one groupie right? fuck outta here fuck Virgil fuckboy blows.

  • Khenrub

    Prediction: His next collection will be called black and the color blocking will be reversed. Same font, perhaps a different name to the collection

  • Steven

    HBA HBA

    HBA HBA

    HBA ripoff …….

  • AO

    that man is so so black

  • holdmyliquorv2

    uuuuh some stuff looks cool… the blue pullover as well the black one.. the black tshirt looks kind of cool…
    some of the pyrex stuff i liked but i really hated the hype/following it got…

  • http://www.ThatUncutRaw.com/ Chris L

    Very sloppy writing, bruh. It’s sad that these sloppy, error-riddled articles have become the norm in this publish-now/edit-never era of “journalism”. Fantastic.