Off-White Resort 2024
When the founder of Off-White, Virgil Abloh, died prematurely two years ago, it was said that an era had come to an end. Undoubtedly, the brand’s artistic director was a man who forever changed the face of contemporary fashion. After his death, the brand was taken over by Ibrahim Kamara, a respected stylist, editor-in-chief of the Dazed Digital website and a close friend of Abloh. After the first Off-White™ debut collection for fall/winter 2023, in which the new director took viewers on a journey to the moon through Sierra Leone, it’s time for something new. For the Off-White Resort 2024 collection, Kamara returns to the brand’s foundations while continuing its own dynamic narrative.
In tribute to a legend
Virgil Abloh’s legacy and impact on fashion will undoubtedly be of great importance to future generations of designers. As the founder of Off-White and former creative director of Louis Vuitton Menswear, he was a visionary and a man who turned his ideas into reality through hard work. His innovative approach to design, his use of streetwear and collage elements, and his commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity have certainly made him one of the most influential designersin history.
From the beginning of his adventure with the Off-White brand, Kamara has been balancing between using the legacy of his predecessor and adding his own creative contribution. He first became known as a talented designer during last year’s fall and winter 2023 collection. “Lunar Delivery” It appeared to us as a journey into a completely different space-time. Referring to a metaphorical journey towards the future – a new world, Kamara presented us with the full range of his possibilities. From light and optimistic styles to inclusive and bold ones. We are talking about, for example, narrow jackets fastened with crossed belts, Whether coats and skirts with metal holes, resembling silvery planets.
Off-White Resort 2024
The latest collection called “Homecoming” is a true return, both to the creative source of the brand and the designer’s own roots. Thus, it is also a further exploration of cultural spaces created by changing ones the forces of 21st century globalization, digital diaspora and the gravity of personal identity. Off-White Resort 2024 was best summed up by its creator himself: “… I wanted to create a collection that had an American sensibility… As a native African, I explored my perspective on the American perspective and how we can connect it to the first inhabitants of America.”
Kamara’s designs never cease to amaze. His visionary thought about the brand’s clothes is evidenced by this a combination of jersey and lace vests in elegant women’s clothes that gracefully fit the body, emphasizing women’s curves. In turn, his men’s fashion constantly focuses on bold combinations boxy jackets and trousers. Another interesting solution was the use of the legendary collection Off-White™ x Chicago Bulls. This is what Kamara considers a key moment for her identity in the brand. So, paying tribute to Michael Jordan, he puts the number 23 on his clothes.
Meanwhile, Off-White continues its experimentation with layers, deftly pairing oversized jeans and gabardine field jackets. Thus, it reinterprets the brand’s iconic logo with four arrows. In one word, When creating his own world of fashion, the designer remains faithful to the principles established by Virgil Abloh. And for this, the brand’s recipients are certainly grateful to him. “We came back to earth,” Kamara said, “discovering beautiful clothes you want to wear.” The Off-White Resort 2024 collection is just like that, slightly detached from reality, but still delightfully universal.