A Focus on Kenneth Ize
Austrian-Nigerian designer Kenneth Ize debuts his eponymous label at Paris Fashion Week, presenting models and viewers with his signature handwoven checks in Asoke fabric. The show, styled by moroccan/Senegalese Julia Sarr-Jamois (Fashion Editor at large, British Vogue) displayed his expert use of this traditional Nigerian
fabric that made him a 2019 LVMH Prize finalist, on the bodies of outstanding models, striding down his runway, inevitably caused a social media frenzy worldwide.
Though he is primarily known for his men’s tailoring, he brought out striking feminine pieces, including a mini skirt in quilted stripes with a high funnel neck zippered jacket. The effort Ize pours into his shows and his designs is evident. Spending time working with Asoke weavers, not only portrays his dedication to his craft but also puts on the map a century-old craft practiced in Nigeria.
Reviving an almost extinct practice, poses a challenge to other designers to develop their craftmanship to not only learn the history of fabrics and their creations but to also work towards bringing social awareness for their consumers about what they consume, clothing.
Iconic model, Naomi Campbell (a long time supporter of the brand who walked for him in Lagos’ Arise Fashion week in 2019) brought to life Ize’s designs for the whole world to see. Closing the show was an impressive play by Ize for his debut show, as Campbell, english model, actress and businesswoamn, has over 30 years of modelling under her belt. An in-demand model on Ize’s runway in Paris adds seasoning to the publicity he has already procured before this point. His progression and development in the fashion industry deserves accolades which demands fashion devotees to be alert to whatever else he has in store for us.