Kenzo Takada’s fans from both the worlds of fashion and design were shocked by news of his passing on Oct 4 due to Covid-19-related complications at the age of 81 at the American Hospital, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.
Kenzo Takada began his career in fashion in 1965, before establishing his eponymous brand in 1970. Over the years, he turned Kenzo into a world-renowned Paris-based fashion label and brought his unique style to trendsetters and fashionistas around the globe.
Kenzo Takada at work in his atelier.
Having officially retired from the runway circuit in 1999, Kenzo then went on to work on creating his furniture label K-3, with partners Jonathan Bouchet Manheim (CEO) and long time creative collaborator Engelbert Honorat.
Kenzo’s demise comes less than a year after he officially launched his K-3 collection at the last Maison & Objet in Paris, in January 2020. Here’s a look at the standout pieces from his final works.