Nigerian-Based Designer, Kenneth Ize Launches a Collection With The Karl Lagerfeld Brand

By Chichi Azozie

Kenneth Ize

Nigerian-based designer, Kenneth Ize has collaborated with The Karl Langerfeld Brand to create the Spring/Summer 2021 gender-neutral collection.

The collection was inspired by Nigerian and European styles, mixing the signature and iconic black-and-white from Karl Lagerfeld with pop colors and Aso oke patterns from Kenneth Ize. The collection was curated by the brand’s style adviser, Carine Roitfield. The ready-to-wear clothes and accessories were imagined by Kenneth Ize and Hun Kim, Karl Lagerfeld’s design director. All fabrics used for the accessories, including keychains and a phone bag were sourced here in Nigeria.

Ize is popular for mixing handmade African aesthetics with elements of contemporary luxury. He uses striped geometric patterned Aso-oke across a ready-to-wear collection of tailored separates, knitted tops, and pants, as well as accessories and jewelry.

Pier Paolo Righi, chief executive of Karl Lagerfeld, said: “Kenneth shares Karl Lagerfeld’s vision for innovation, craftsmanship, quality, and authenticity, and we are excited to bring the fruits of this collaboration to the public.”

On his Instagram page, Ize shared:

It’s finally here, The Launch of my collaboration together with the legendary house of @karllagerfeld !
I couldn’t be more happy and ecstatic to celebrate the collection with you all. @carineroitfeld you are my rock, thank you for believing in me and guiding me through all this process.

I would like to give a huge thank you to Design Director Hun Kim for allowing me within your space to design this collection. Thank you so much to the whole team of @karllagerfeld each one of you individually are just wonderful.

My deepest Love,

Karl Lagerfeld x Kenneth Ize collection is available online at Karl Lagerfeld, Farfetch, and Browns, as well as in the London Regent Street and Paris Saint Germain Karl Lagerfeld stores. Prices range from 99 to 695 euros.

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