As a start to New York Fashion Week, Virgil Abloh, the force behind design label Off-White, headlined Nike’s Off Campus event. The event is arguably the largest of the sneaker industry and drew influencers such as Aleali May and Venus X.
Abloh on Breaking Rules
The exhibition consists of a multitude of panels, with the community’s biggest influencers discussing sports and culture.
The tastemakers headed to Downtown Manhattan for the event where during one of the sessions Abloh re-envisioned ten iconic Nike designs.
“Working in an industry, there’s rules to follow and rules to break. Find a way to creatively break the rules,” said Abloh.
Venus X Talks Speed and the Nike Air Max ’97
The finale of the three-day event culminated in a closing party with panel speakers from the previous day’s panels and other influencers. Venus X, nightlife DJ and New York it-girl, was one of the party attendees.
The DJ sat on a panel during the Off-White exhibition. Some of the topics discussed were the concepts of ‘speed’ and ‘time’ and what those ideas meant to the ladies on the panel.
“Going fast is as important as going slow, because you go fast you burn out,” said Venus X, who is known for her high intensity sets.
“I end up having to figure out ways to manage a lifestyle that’s not really meant to last, and also a job/career that’s not really meant to last.”
Beija Velez, Complex news anchor, attended the Off-White event. Velez’s sneaker enthusiasm has been well-documented through her co-starring role on Complex’s popular YouTube series #LifeAtComplex.
Anna Trevelyan, fashion stylist and consultant attended Off-White, “wearing @gucci @balenciaga @areanyc.”
Phoebe Lovatt moderated a panel with Abloh during the exhibition, and the freelance journalist attended Off-White finale party. She posed here with Joe Holder, Nike training specialist, and Carlotta Kohlat, artist and model.