After the death of the late Virgil Abloh last December, Off-White has been careful not to plunge into the next post-Abloh chapter. But the show had to go on as usual, and in April the Italian luxury brand appointed Yves Camara as Off-White’s new art and image director. It seems that we are ready to officially enter a new era on the edge of something.
Off-White’s Kamala debut collection in Paris Thursday night continued to elevate Abloh’s vision for the label since the brand first launched in 2012, and was an inspiring experience for invited attendees. I had no doubt it would. Many fans waited outside the venue while attendees took their seats. Some even entered.
Ahead of the presentation, a giant cube dominated the center of the stage, pre-showing models clad in (literally) head-to-toe blue while hanging out around the door in front of a sunlit sky backdrop. The 20-minute showcase began immediately, with performers wearing skin-tight suits and painting their faces in a deep, rich blue, the hue of the night. blue man groupSince it was a runway show, it ended up with models circling a giant block and vibrating instrumental percussionists in the background.
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In both its women’s and men’s presentations this season, Off-White spotlighted numerous pieces in colorways that consisted entirely of black, white and blue. Some standout styles featured lightweight crochet knits and biker core pleather pieces, but the miniskirt still reigns as spring’s most popular trend. Sheer mesh fabrics, midriff-baring cutouts created an airy contrast, especially when paired with sculpted pants. is studded with floral motifs. Our personal favorite design happened to be the oversized suit look from the collection, with an embroidered skeleton on the blazer.
Off-White’s accessories, on the other hand, were minimal yet strong. While other designers have opted for oversized totes these days, the collection has stuck to micro mini bags adorned with the brand’s signature logo embellishments. Clad in a fitted spandex hood, she also showed off coveted footwear, including chunky high-top sneakers, colorblock sandals, and decolleted coil mules.
As you’d expect from a show like Off-White, celebrities were spotted sitting front and center for the collection unveiling, including rows of supermodel Naomi Campbell and singer Erykah Badu. Multifaceted star Halle Bailey was also in attendance, along with ‘Gossip Girl’ Evan Mock, models Winnie Harlow and Anok Yai, South Korean musician and actor Sandara Park, and internet star Ricky. · Stars such as Thompson, Ashley Park of “Emily in Paris” also participated. – among other things.
Learn more about Off-White’s Spring 2023 runway show below.