Known for his work at Kasil, Oligo Tissew, AG and Union Kristopher Enuke is launching an interesting new appearance for denim this fall. His vision is to challenge the traditional five pocket jean. The target market is women who are looking for tailored fit and have their own sense of style. Enuke used his native country of Nigeria’s indigo dyeing technique in his pieces, he also used this technique to create layered effects. Enuke is known for fit. He wanted to build around great fit, to help women feel beautiful and confident. He created this by naming each style to celebrate women.
His five pocket style jeans include, Queen, Princess, Duchess and Governess. The style “Queen” is form fitting. The “Princes” has a one of kind wraparound yoke and waistband with a welt pocket. The “Duchess” is similar with a wraparound yoke and waistband, it features a zippers on the legs. The “Governess” has a built in corset, it is meant to enhance in all the right places.
This is an interesting new view for the five pocket jean. Personally, I love the look of the traditional five pocket jean. I think it is interesting and fun when the designer gets creative with the sizes and textures of the pockets. What Enuke has created is really fascinating to me. Adding a corset into the jean as both functional and decorative is a fun new way to wear jeans. He said he constructed the corset by adding darts inside of the yoke and so it is not visible from the outside. This technique to me is innovative. It is manipulating an original yoke pattern and making it something else that has a different function, simply amazing. He took the yoke and used it in a unique form in all the pieces of his new collection.
Enuke found his inspiration in wanting to turn the denim cycle, he believes we have come to the top and wants to start the cycle again. He is inspired by wanting to put something new and exciting into jeans. He is targeting the individuals that are aware of their individualism. This is an important key to note. People are aware of their individualism much more now than ever before. Many people want to wear clothing to express a bit of their personality, so they choose their wardrobe carefully. Expressionism through clothing is a big trend right now.
Many people do not want the cookie cutter outfit that they see on display in the mall, they want a piece that expresses their individualism. Some see clothing as art and other see it as an accessory. I see it as an extension of oneself to share with the world.
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Kristopher Enuke: A New Take on the 5-Pocket Jean
By N. Jayne Seward | Thursday, May 26, 2016