Nigerian fashion designer Kenneth Ize has designed a black and white graphic and colorful capsule collection for Karl Lagerfeld which is set for launch on July 7.
The capsule collection for spring/summer 2021, proposed and created by Karl Lagerfeld style advisor Carine Roitfeld, has a fusion of Nigerian and European styles which features ready-to-wear, gender-neutral styles, and accessories.
Ize worked with Karl Lagerfeld design director, Hun Kim to co-create the collection that features the signature Karl Lagerfeld black and white color palette in combination with bright pops of colour in patterns inspired by traditional aso-oke cloth.
In a statement, Roitfeld said: “There’s a freshness to Kenneth’s designs that is so very different, and it creates a nice contrast to the brand’s DNA. I’m certain that Karl would have loved the collection and its exploration of color and culture.”
Ize, who is a Lagos-based fashion designer is known for mixing handmade West African aesthetics with elements of contemporary luxury. He has used his colorful striped and black and white geometric patterns across a ready-to-wear collection of tailored separates, knitted tops, and pants, as well as accessories and jewelry.
Highlights of the collection include a black-and-white, swirl-print shirt made from 100 percent silk, perfectly worn with matching pants crafted in a unique, Italian hemp material, alongside bright-hued, vertical striped sweaters made in a Merino wool-cotton blend, and a tailored blazer with tonal, topstitch detailing.
“This was such an incredible experience. It allowed me to play with the brand’s existing style codes and expand my own approach to design,” explained Ize. “I hope the public falls in love with the result.”
However, it was reported by Karl Lagerfeld that all fabrics used for the accessories, including keychains and a phone bag are sourced from Nigeria, while the leather complies with stringent environmental and sourcing standards set by the Leather Working Group.
Pier Paolo Righi, chief executive of Karl Lagerfeld, added: “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.”