July 25, 2021

Karl Lagerfeld launches collaboration with Kenneth Ize, under the leadership of Carine Roitfeld

This Wednesday, Karl Lagerfeld is launching a capsule collection with Kenneth Ize. This was designed by Carine Roitfeld, style advisor for the Paris-based brand.

Karl Lagerfeld/Kenneth ize

The collection of predominantly “gender neutral” pieces is presented in a black and white palette characteristic of the brand, with touches of bright color. The connection to Kenneth Ize’s work is evident in the inspiration drawn from the traditional Aso oke fabric. All of the fabrics used in the accessories are sourced from Nigeria, where Kenneth Ize’s company is based.

Pier Paolo Righi, CEO of Karl Lagerfeld, indicates that this collaboration with Kenneth Ize was born because he shares Karl Lagerfeld’s “vision of innovation, craftsmanship, quality and authenticity”.

The collection will be available in the Karl Lagerfeld boutiques in Saint-Germain, Paris and Regent Street, London, as well as the Lagerfeld online store, Farfetch and the Browns online store.

Lagerfeld Design Director Hun Kim worked with Kenneth Ize on what is considered a “sophisticated intersection of two worlds” to produce “a vibrant celebration of culture and exquisite design.”

The ready-to-wear includes a range of formal pieces, tops and pants, knitwear to offer “flowing silhouettes and casual, pointed pieces that can easily be worn with more sophisticated looks”.

Pieces include a black and white swirl-print shirt made from 100% silk, matching pants in Italian hemp, vertical striped sweaters in merino wool and cotton-blend, and a fitted blazer with tone-on-tone stitching.

Carine Roitfeld and Kenneth ize – Karl Lagerfeld

All leathers used for accessories meet environmental and sourcing standards set by the Leather Working Group (LWG).

Kenneth Ize said working on the collection “allowed him to play with the brand’s existing stylistic cues and broaden (his) own approach to design.”

And Carine Roitfeld added: “There is a freshness in Kenneth’s designs that is very different, and it creates a nice contrast to the brand’s DNA. I’m sure Karl would have loved the collection and his exploration of color and culture “.

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