With his stocks skyrocketing through the surprise cameo of legendary model – Naomi Campbell in Paris two years ago, Kenneth Ize takes Paris yet again with his Autumn/Winter 2022 presentation.
Kenneth Ize has developed an image for himself using Nigerian Aso-oke textile and his AW 2022 unsurprisingly featured a dazzling suit and skirt piece with brown boots. Spliced with denim, tan corduroy, fringed hems, stripes, checks and argyle, the Autumn/Winter collection was full of rather different pieces. In this season’s installation, Kenneth Ize continued to explore creating silhouettes using Aso-Oke fabric. Finding balance between eccentric and stylish, Kenneth Ize’s ready to wear collection was one to write about.
The striped Aso-oke material, carries an air of authenticity with it as it is handwoven and crafted in Nigeria, was seamlessly converted into suits with skirts as bottoms, one-breasted jackets and mini shift dresses, topped off with knee-length leather boots. In this offering, Ize also presented even more creatively compelling textiles in the form of sheer lace, suede and macramé.
In one offering, Ize creatively utilizes a lot of cardigan material with carefully crafted patterns. In this design, there is a pairing between with lengthy straight jeans and a crocheted cardigan draped with a Cobalt blue chenille jumper. This design also featured some symbolism with a white eye painted with a across the crotch area – an obvious socio-political reference which is open to interpretation, as all art is.
Other designs featured the silhouette of the African map on it, a continued theme in Ize’s outspoken desire to change the outlook of Africa and liberate his own people from the notion that they are third-world or inferior.
For Kenneth Ize, the textiles are just as important as the models. They are designed to catch the eye with a mixture of vibrant and dull colors, and they are also designed to be very comfortable for the wearer, thus making for more ready-to-wear material than the average designer.