Virgil Abloh has an unlikely muse for his forthcoming Spring 2018 Off-White collection: Princess Diana.
The designer, who’s been busy creating costumes for the New York City Ballet and enjoying a new sunglasses collab (oh, and a new store-slash-gallery in SoHo), teased a shot of his moodboard on Instagram last month—a Lady Di collage of sorts separated into sections like “Mom,” “Countryside Girl,” “Bring a Princess,” and “Charity.” Today, Abloh posted a photo of the official Off-White show invite, in which the late style icon can be seen sitting aboard a yacht off the coast of Italy, clad in a light blue one-piece. “40 looks c/o the muse Diana, Princess of Wales,” Abloh captioned.
Save for a Princess Diana-inspired collection on ASOS.com last year, Abloh is the first designer to devote an entire collection to the Princess of Wales, who will have died 20 years ago on August 31. And while you might not associate him with British royalty (rather, his cool-kid following includes Bella Hadid, Kanye West, and the Kardashians) the designer does have a knack for tapping into what’s culturally relevant, and the legacy of Lady Di, a total style icon in her own right, has been getting a lot of attention lately, from exhibitions to documentaries surrounding the anniversary of her death.
Abloh will showcase his collection on September 28 in Paris. We’re not sure if Princess Diana—a noted fan of Donatella Versace and Catherine Walker—would have sported Abloh’s gender-fluid, streetwear designs, but no doubt she would have been terribly flattered by it all. We can’t wait to see what he sends down the runway.