Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takeda, known for his bold and lively prints and perfumes, died at the age of 81 in Paris. The family told French media Sunday that the designer died from complications of COVID-19 in a hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris. The fashion house announced the designer’s passing with a post on social media that read “It is with immense sadness that KENZO has learned of the passing of our founder, Kenzo Takada. For half a century, Mr. Takada has been an emblematic personality in the fashion industry–always infusing creativity and color into the world.”

A few days before the designer’s passing, the fashion house was able to showcase its spring-summer 2021 bee-themed collection, which made a buzz in Paris Fashion Week. You can watch his latest work here:


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