Ib Kamara x Off-White Spring/Summer 2023 debut at Paris Fashion Week
After keeping high fashion images and avant-garde aesthetics within the editorial space for many years, Ib Kamara gracefully entered the world of fashion design – now at the head of the establishment Off- White™ by the late Virgil Abloh.
As the brand’s new creative and image director, Kamara – who has frequently collaborated with Abloh – oversees production of men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and accessories, and for Spring/Summer 2023 he challenged societal notions with her first parade showcase for the brand. While still in his position as editor-in-chief of Dizzy magazine, Kamara’s second job at OW proved to be a fun outlet for creativity as her SS23 runway broke away from Abloh’s influential design motifs and incorporated new flights of whimsy, maximalism, razor-sharp details and a range of accessories.
The new collection was showcased on a cobalt blue runway floor and incorporated the austere color throughout featuring soft leather suits, oversized denim coats, voluminous shorts, ruffled dresses, bodysuits and fitted rib knits.
Stomach area cutouts (hinting at the concept of rebirth), as well as images of the human form were scattered throughout the collection as skeletal x-ray graphics and midsection bodice prints were finely printed and sewn onto jackets, pants, tops and bottoms. Floral blooms were also showcased in the form of hydrangea petals made from knit fabrics sprinkled over long knit dresses and elegant headwear.
Additionally, Kamara seemed to draw inspiration from a futuristic theme, with model sets resembling a refinement Matrix and blade runner– apocalyptic styling in the form of long loose coats, streamlined hooded tops, knitted jumpsuits, stacked-heeled boots and forward-facing leather backpacks attached to skimpy leather jumpsuits.
Subtly pointing a finger at society, Kamara – amid the final stream of models painted and dressed in blue jumpsuits and ear adornments – bowed out on the catwalk wearing a socially responsible t-shirt bearing the phrase: “ Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise.”
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