A year after being announced as the new creative director of fashion house Off-White, following the death of the founder Virgil Abloh, Ibrahim Kamara fondly called ‘IB’ made his second and proper debut on March 2nd during the Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2023 show.
(Photo: SANDY RUNWAY WHERE IB PRESENTED OFF-WHITE 2023 FALL/WINTER COLLECTION)
And for his 2023 Fall/Winter womenswear and menswear collection, IB represented Virgil Abloh’s circular signature designs with a big silver orb situated in the center of a vast red dirt and stones at the event’s location and also by using refined cutouts “grommets” which were in abundance on the cloths.
The collection which is named “Lunar Delivery” is an ode to Space Outfits. The aesthetics were very cool, offering futuristic and luxury streetwear with a touch of his Sierra Leone narratives, which was replicated as mottled print on the outfits.
One accent that quickly made an appearance in nearly every look of the collection was a pair of silver hoops worn by the models as they entered the room; on jackets, shirts, and skirts; they acted as grommets and cuffed cornrows.
Highlights of the Lunar Delivery collection include:
Off-White Jersey Gown
(Photo: NAOMI CAMPBELL DONNING OFF-WHITE JERSEY GOWN)
Naomi Campbell appeared stunning as always in the Look 6 of the Lunar Delivery collection. This Off-White jersey gown appears suspended from a beaded rubber tire around her neck.
Off-White Galactic Puffer Jacket
(Photo: OFF-WHITE GALACTIC PUFFER JACKET)
This Off-White puffer jacket comes in a galactic-kind of color shade with orbit designs on the bodice.
Off-White Double Breasted Coat
(Photo: OFF-WHITE DOUBLE BREASTED COAT)
The Off-White double-breasted coat features a seat-belt-like mechanism which is fastened across the waist.
Off-White Zipper Blazer
(Photo: OFF-WHITE ZIPPER BLAZER)
The Off-White Zipper blazer is adorned abnormally with massive zippers that run across the entire construct.
Off-White Knitted Wears
(Photo: OFF-WHITE KNITTED TWO PIECE WEAR)
The Off-White distressed knitted wears come in hues of yellow, orange, and green appearing torn and stretched in various ombre versions.
(Photo: OFF-WHITE KNITTED WEAR)
Off-White Embellished Jacket And Skirt
(Photo: OFF-WHITE EMBELLISHED JACKET AND SKIRT)
This Off-White embellished jacket and skirt is embroidered with pearl-like embroideries, which injects luxury to the clothing.
The Off-White 2023 Fall collection also included some very interesting accessories which included huge round earrings which made the models look pretty much like interplanetary beings.
(Photo: OFF-WHITE 2023 FALL EARRING)
There were also bracelets resembling little wheels. And belts which had utilitarian accents with buckles that were reminiscent of seatbelts.
(Photo: OFF-WHITE 2023 FALL BRACELET)
According to Kamara:
“This collection ushers in a fresh direction. When I worked on this collection, I discovered my identity and a universe that is authentic to who I am. It is influenced by contemporary life and is punk, seductive, and romantic”
The show concluded with Kamara and Noami Campbell on the sand runway, with Campbell wearing the collection’s final look, a black dress with a front zipper closure.
Finally, the debut collection of the designer demonstrated that opulent high-end streetwear is possible.
And, with IB carrying the torch to breathe new life into the brand, we look forward to seeing a more successful collection debut. You can check out the entire Lunar Delivery collection on the Off-White website.