If the goal is to push boundaries for self-expression—as the late Virgil Abloh so desired—then in the realm of style and design, beauty is often the next frontier after fashion. Or at least, that's what has happened at Off-White. The label has just unveiled its new beauty line titled "Paperwork", a project that was spearheaded by the creative director before his untimely passing in 2021.
As with all major announcements, "Paperwork" was launched over Instagram. The beauty line self describes as representing "a new dimension of beauty as a genderless, inclusive art form at the intersection of humanity and individuality". While Off-White will slowly introduce the range, it has given us a taste of what's to come with the launch of four fragrances.
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Dubbed Solutions and numbered 1 through to 4, so as to withhold any predetermined meaning that a more explicit name inevitably carries, Abloh collaborated on the scents with perfumers like Alexis Dadier, Sidonie Lancesseur, and Jerome Epinette. The result is four distinct fragrances; two woody, one citrusy and the other musk-forward and laced with pepper. Each Solution arrives in a heavy industrial glass bottle made in Italy with a sturdy red grip control knob redolent of the handles found at the fragrance factories.
As for the other Off-White beauty products? We can expect a slew of covetable formulas and surprising takes on traditional beauty essentials, all ageless and genderless, that work to create toolkit for creative expression. These include six nail polishes called "Colour Matter", one of which arrives in a novel self-cracking formula meant to emulate shattered concrete. Pigment sticks in primary colours that have been christened "Imprint" and a selection of stencils or "Templates" to be used on the face and body like we saw on the models at Virgil Abloh's last collection for Off-White.