Mowalola Returns to the Runway with Burglarwear for 2023

Mowalola returns to the runway with new collection and New Balance collaboration announcement

After a three-year hiatus Mowalola is back, presenting Burglarwear at Paris Men’s Fashion Week, a criminal-inspired collection full of striking symbolic looks and undeniable sex appeal. London-based designer Mowalola Ogunlesi was candid about the collection’s motif, the unification of all types of criminals from robbers to white-collar bankers.

Mowalola’s theme was represented literally; The show opened with a nude model in a cross-resembling cut, a yellow leather mini skirt connected to a narrow-zippered harness. The look was just the first of the cross motif, a print included throughout the show on straight-leg trousers, skirts, and a skimpy neon panty.

Later down the runway walked models in tailored standouts, cropped suits in cobalt blue with super-low waists. The take on white-collar workers with less than genuine intentions is represented in the unconventional cut.

Real-life criminals aren’t the only rule-breakers represented in the collection; Bright pops of red and yellow along with geometric t-shirt logos pay a subtle nod to comic book villains.
Strappy, restrictive looks brought another take on the theme, not what it means to steal, but what it means to be stolen. One full-length dress with revealing raindrop cutouts featured a tight hood and sleeves without holes, leaving the model with raised, bent arms as she walked down the runway.
More exciting moments are in store for Mowalola. With the designer’s return to the spotlight comes a collaboration with New Balance, a partnership culminating in a nostalgic 2000s sneaker: the New Balance x Mowalola 90/60. The silhouette is a modern interpretation of the classic chunky running shoe and features the N logo over shades black or purple.

The New Balance x Mowalola collaboration is set to launch this fall.

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