The fashion industry has lost yet another iconic designer. Paris-based Japanese designer Kenzo Takada, famous for creating the international luxury fashion house Kenzo, has reportedly died at the age of 81 in a hospital in Paris due to COVID-19 related complications.
The fashion house released an official statement regarding his passing and it reads:
“It is with immense sadness that the brand K-3 announces the loss of its celebrated artistic director, Kenzo Takada. The world-renowned designer passed away on October 4th, 2020 due to Covid-19 related complications at the age of 81 at the American Hospital, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France,” the statement read.
In 1970, Takada rocked Paris with the debut of his namesake fashion line. Sold out of his first boutique, called Jungle Jap, his designs were a chaotic mix of loud colors and mismatched prints inspired by his travels around the world.
Kenzo Takada sold his namesake label to LVMH back in 1993. according to Business of Fashion the deal was reportedly worth $80 million and has only recently developed a luxury home and lifestyle brand called K3. Kenzo was one of the Japanese designers along with Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto to spearhead East Asia fashion in Europe.
Currently, former Lacoste Creative Director Felipe Oliveira Baptista is Kenzo’s lead designer.