The Spring/Summer 2021 capsule marks a fusion of Nigerian and European style and sees Ize working with Karl Lagerfeld’s design director Hun Kim. The collection focuses on fresh takes on ready-to-wear staples, as well as gender-neutral styles and accessories completed by fabrics sourced from Nigeria. Leather components, meanwhile, all comply with environmental standards put forth by the Leather Working Group.
“This was such an incredible experience,” Ize said in a press release. “It allowed me to play with the brand’s existing style codes and expand my own approach to design. I hope the public falls in love with the result.”
Style adviser Carine Roitfeld, who proposed and curated the collaboration, added that she was “certain” the late Karl Lagerfeld “would have loved the collection and its exploration of color and culture.”
Karl Lagerfeld CEO Pier Paolo Righi echoed Roitfeld’s comments.
“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,” Righi said.
Holli Rogers, Browns Chair and Chief Brand Officer for Farfetch, explained, “We are thrilled to continue our ongoing collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld and this collection with Kenneth Ize. We have been supporting Kenneth since the beginning, he has a unique point of view and a strong vision that coupled with his desire to celebrate local artisans and support his heritage makes him an incredible partner to continue to build on the legacy of Karl Lagerfeld.”
The Karl Lagerfeld x Kenneth Ize collection will be available online at the Karl.com, Farfetch.com, and Brownsfashion.com on July 7. The collection will also be available in select Karl stores. Below, get a glimpse at the collection.