Kenzō Takada, founder of the famous and outstanding fashion brand Kenzo has died at the age of 81 due to COVID-19 in the American Hospital of Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine. The fashion world cries for the designer who brought joy and brightness to the Paris fashion scene since the seventies.
Despite leaving the brand in 1999 due to the acquirement of the brand by the group LVMH for $80.5 million in 1993, Takada continued collaborating with the brand throughout the years. He also recently launched a luxury homeware and lifestyle brand called K三 (K3), of which he was the artistic director in collaboration with Jonathan Bouchet Manheim, Engelbert Honorat, and Wanda Jelmini.
“From the Seventies, Kenzo Takada brought to fashion a light, poetic touch and a free spirit that has inspired many designers in his wake. In the same fresh and spontaneous spirit, he also made a lasting impact on the world of fragrance. The maison he founded, Kenzo, remains faithful to this vision. I am profoundly saddened by his passing. I express my sincerest sympathy to his family and friends.”Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH.
The K3 team went on instagram to send a final message for the designer:
“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 and his exceptional team. We will always remember his smile and joie de vivre.”