Off-White’s Futuristic Take on Fashion

Off-White presents its latest Autumn-Winter 2023 ready-to-wear women’s and men’s collection. The Lunar Delivery collection by Ibrahim Kamara envisions a new future, inspired by worldbuilding.

Off-White has always been a brand synonymous with innovation and forward-thinking, and the latest collection is no exception. Ibrahim Kamara, Art and Image Director for Off-White, announces the new AW2023 collection that is sure to excite fans of the brand. It marks a turning point for Off-White and offers a glimpse into the future of the brand.

“This collection marks the beginning of a new path, inspired by worldbuilding,” says Ibrahim. “It envisions something yet to exist. Moon-surfing daydreams and star-gazing thoughts are at the heart of our evolution.

“Working on this collection, I found myself and my point of view in a universe that is true to me. It’s punk, romantic and inspired by our modern lives.”

Celebrating the past and reflecting on Off-White’s accomplishments, this new collection looks towards the future with optimism and a sense of excitement. Ibrahim speaks of the responsibility he feels to the brand’s founder, Virgil Abloh, and everyone who has loved, worn and believed in Off-White. “There could only ever be one Virgil,” he says. “He was constantly innovating and thinking ahead and he left us a brand that can reinvent itself, grow and stand the test of time.”

Last season, there was a fixation on living in the moment but the path ahead had yet to be defined. The premise of change suggests an upheaval but there is a grounding in Off-White’s roots. Optimism encourages clarity of thought and direction and has brought about a space in which the brand has rediscovered its foundations and built upon the traditional codes and ethics of the house that Virgil built.

Contemporary culture is the first reference point for the new collection, analysed with an active curiosity. Initially, drawing from this as inspiration felt disparate from Off-White’s traditional points of reference but there is a sense of familiarity.

Off-White’s curiosity had long been sparked by industrialisation, a constant theme now seen through a new lens. Much like the iconic Arrow, that in the last decade has become the symbol of a generational shift, it finds new life in a softer shape.

The collection takes inspiration from places much closer to home before being projected into another realm. Ibrahim drew references from his humble beginnings, rain-rusted corrugated roofs influence colour palettes and West African motifs are reinterpreted to conjure a new vision of indigenous civilisations. The Off-White Blue, in all its intimate power, remains a point of reference with its humanity and vulnerability.

Worldbuilding is an integral part of the process that engages in an unshakeable childlike whimsy. This season, logic is evaded in favour of an imagination with little to no limits. This collection envisions the future and, though sci-fi inspired, it doesn’t follow ageing tropes. It is not about costuming or recreating.

The impetus for the collection is both humble and earnest. It is a way of thinking that sees one concept expanded into many. The design philosophy is not elitist. It’s not a means to exclude and isn’t tainted by pessimism. Rather, we see a noble profession and reimagine it with a final outcome that is elegant, precise and attuned to the times.

Off-White continues to break barriers and set trends, inspiring the fashion industry with its creativity, innovation and dedication to pushing boundaries.

This new collection marks a bold step forward for Off-White, grounded in its roots but also reaching towards a new and exciting future. With Ibrahim at the helm, the brand is in good hands, and we can’t wait to see what’s next.—