PARIS — Japanese designer Kenzo Takada, founder of the Kenzo label, was made a Knight of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest civilian decoration, on New Year’s Day.

Others associated with the fashion and retail worlds who were promoted to Knight of the Legion of Honor in the annual list included singer and actress Vanessa Paradis, a longtime Chanel brand ambassador; ballet dancer Marie-Agnès Gillot, who has appeared in campaigns for Céline and Galeries Lafayette, and Françoise Fabre, managing director of Parfumerie Fragonard.

Meanwhile, Anne Méaux, founder and president of communications consultancy firm Image 7 — whose clients include Hermès International and billionaire François Pinault’s family holding company’s Artémis — was made an Officer of the Legion of Honor.

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