Designer Kenzo Takada Dies From COVID-19 Complications

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Legendary fashion designer Kenzo Takada has died at the age of 81 due to COVID-19 related complications.

In a statement issued to CNN, a spokesperson for Takada’s K3 brand stated that the Japenese-French designer passed away in Paris on Sunday, October 4. “It is with immense sadness that the brand K3 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 spokesperson wrote.

Kenzo’s career in luxury and couture fashion began in 1970 when he held his first fashion show in Paris. His brand quickly took off, expanding into menswear in 1983, then into more casual clothing — Kenzo Jeans and Kenzo Jungle — in 1986, according to WWD. Kenzo’s fragrance line also gained much popularity through the years.

In 1999, Kenzo left his legendary fashion brand after it was acquired by LVMH. Just last January, he launched a lifestyle brand called K3. Throughout his historic career, Kenzo proved himself to be a designer of many talents and skills, with a clear eye for creativity, and he will be missed by many in the industry and around the globe.

“His explosive designs, prints, and colors brought so much joy, positive energy, and influence to the industry upon him penetrating Paris in the 80’s and enforcing his own vision during that era,” tweeted one fan while another wrote, “fashion world lost another precious soul today, rest well Kenzo Takada, you did an amazing job.”

The fashion community at large is collectively mourning this tragic loss today.

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