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Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada dies from Covid-19

Posted On : October 5, 2020

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Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada, better known as Kenzo, who created his label in Paris in the 1970s, died on Sunday, the brand that still carries his name said.

Aged 81, Takada died of complications linked to Covid-19 at the American Hospital of Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a residential suburb on the western outskirts of the capital, his spokesperson told French media.

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It is with great sadness that we have learned that our dear friend Kenzo Takada passed away today. He was an inspiring and prodigious creator and we were proud to collaborate with him. We will always remember his smile and joie de vivre. The fashion/design world and all of us are mourning him tonight and extend our sincere condolences to his loved ones. Kenzo Takada nous a quitté ce jour. Il était un homme formidable et un créateur inspirant. Nous étions fiers de collaborer avec lui. Les mondes de la mode et de la décoration sont en deuil ce soir. Nous garderons en mémoire son sourire et sa joie de vivre communicative.

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Also known for its perfumes and skincare lines, the Kenzo brand was sold in the early 1990s to LVMH, the world’s biggest luxury group, and has since had several other creative directors.

Under Kenzo Takada, it was known for its colourful motifs and original silhouettes, which mixed inspirations from Japan, such as the kimono, with other cuts.

“For half a century, Mr Takada has been an emblematic personality in the fashion industry always infusing creativity and colour into the world,” the Kenzo brand said in a statement on Instagram.

LVMH’s chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault issued a statement saying Kenzo had “infused into fashion a tone of poetic lightness and sweet freedom which inspired many designers after him”.

Takada moved to Paris in the mid-1960s, starting out with a small store before soon reaching star status, and remained in his adopted city. His contemporaries in a thriving period for Parisian fashion included Jean Paul Gaultier and Yves Saint Laurent.

“Paris is mourning one of its sons today,” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Twitter.

Content courtesy of Times Live & Nairobi fashion hub 

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