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FOUNDING FATHER: Joining celebrities including Jessica Alba and Rila Fukushima at the Kenzo show on Sunday was the brand’s founder, Kenzo Takada, who was attending his first Kenzo show since Humberto Leon and Carol Lim took over as artistic directors in 2011.


“I’m very happy. They have brought a fresh spirit and something contemporary and very fresh. I like it a lot,” said Takada, who left the brand in 1999.


In setting out to revitalize Kenzo, Leon and Lim have frequently referenced Takada’s landmark Jungle Jap boutique in Paris in the Seventies. “But they have adapted it for today, which is good,” noted Takada, adding that nowadays, his main focus is painting.

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