The young designer Kenneth Ize, the rising star of Parisian fashion, had the honor of inaugurating the Paris Fashion Week, with a show of 30 looks at the Palais de Tokyo.
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The Austro-Nigerian fashion prodigy who made a name on the brink of the pandemic, who is supported by the way by the black model icon Naomi Campbell, continues this season to highlight Nigerian craftsmanship. The result was a refreshing and moving collection based on traditional African materials reimagined in a cosmopolitan context including his signature plaid fabric, inspired by the aso oke cloth woven by the Yoruba people.
Rendered with a tiger print, colorful vertical or horizontal stripes and ornamental designs, the work of British Nigerian artist Bunmi Agusto, recent graduate of Central Saint Martins, Ize textiles were the star of the show and he gave them ample room to perform.
His blazers, light cargo pants, cathedral collar shirts, sweaters, tunics, lean knitwear to fluid dresses, mostly genderless, were cut loose and translated into insouciant, easy and layered men’s and women’s shapes.
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