Japanese-French fashion designer Kenzo Takada has died of complications from a corona infection. The 81-year-old designer died in a hospital just outside Paris.
Known for the eponymous fashion house, Kenzo Takada was known for his bright and colorful designs, eclectic combinations inspired by his love of international travel. The New York Times called him one of the most imaginative designers worldwide.
In his youth in Japan, Takada was inspired for the profession by his sister’s fashion magazines. He left for Paris in the mid-1960s and set up his own shop there. His fresh style was soon noticed.
His fashion house became part of luxury chain LVMH in 1993. Six years later he retired to focus on making art.
The news of Takada’s death gives a black edge to Paris Fashion Week, which is currently being held. “Paris mourns one of his sons,” Mayor Hidalgo wrote on Twitter. “With his enormous talent, he gave color and light their place in fashion.”