The Japanese founder, Kenzo Takada of fashion brand Kenzo has died aged 81.
The family said in a statement to French media Sunday that Takada died from complications from COVID-19 in a hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris. A public relations officer for Kenzo’s brand confirmed that Takada died, but didn’t give a cause of death.
“It is with immense sadness that KENZO has learned of the passing of our founder, the fashion house said in a statement. “For half a century, Mr. Takada has been an emblematic personality in the fashion industry” always infusing creativity and color into the world.
Takada’s death came at the tail end of Paris Fashion Week, whose nine-day calendar is undertaking an unusual fashion season for spring-summer 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. It was only days ago that the Kenzo fashion house unveiled its bee-themed collection here.
The entire WeAr team is paying tribute to Kenzo Takada.