Meet Kenneth Ize, the first black designer to partner the Karl Lagerfeld brand

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  • Tuesday, 30 Jun 2020

The rising designer is known for his optimistic creations, which has turned a spotlight on craftsmanship and African textiles. Photo: WWD/Shutterstock

For several months, the Karl Lagerfeld brand has been working on a collection in collaboration with Nigerian designer Kenneth Ize. It will arrive in stores and online in April 2021, reports Women's Wear Daily.

Though images of the designs have yet to be released, it has created quite a buzz. Ize is after all, the first black designer to collaborate with the fashion brand.

The announcement has sent tongues wagging. All the excitement generated is palpable, whereby everyone is eagerly looking forward to the results of the Karl Lagerfeld x Kenneth Ize collaboration.

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A rising designer

If you don't know of Ize yet, it is only a question of time until you do. He is a near runner-up to South African Thebe Magugu in the 2019 LVMH Prize.

Ize was much noted for his brightly coloured optimistic creations, which turned a spotlight on craftsmanship and African textiles.

Among his customers and staunch supporters, the Nigerian designer can list such luminaries as supermodel Naomi Campbell, who strode the runway at his first ever Parisian runway event in February 2020.

The show caused a sensation on social networks, highlighting the public's keen interest in the work of the young designer. No doubt the forthcoming collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld will only add to his popularity.

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Ode to African craftsmanship

Ize is distinguished for the authenticity of his creations, which are inspired by traditional African crafts and textiles from his native Nigeria.

The designer notably makes extensive use of a multi-coloured striped fabric, aso oke, which is made using a centuries-old weaving technique by the Yoruba people of West Africa.

The prospect of a collection that combines the inspiration of a rising designer with traditional hand-loomed fabrics and the Parisian chic of Karl Lagerfeld is certainly something to look forward to.

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Breaking new ground

The death of Lagerfeld in February 2019 has not put an end to the Karl Lagerfeld brand, which has continued to create innovative collections and intriguing new collaborations in the same spirit as its founder.

Let's not forget that back in 2004, Lagerfeld was the first couturier to undertake a daring and unprecedentedly successful collaboration with H&M, which brought high-end fashion and luxury to the masses.

More recently, the brand has teamed up with L'Oreal Paris for a makeup collection, the influencer Olivia Palermo, and the Woolmark Company...

All of these were winning partnerships, enthusiastically received not only by the fashion sphere but also by the general public. – AFP Relaxnews

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