As a tribute to the late designer Kenzo Takada, we dug up a few archival looks from Takada’s runway shows and parties he used to throw in Paris in the late ‘80s and ‘90s.
Born in 1939 into a family of hoteliers, Takada studied art before moving to Paris in 1965. According to WWD, Takada left his namesake fashion brand in 1999 after LVMH acquired it, however, he continued to expand on other creative projects such as a line of swimsuits and home accessories.
Takada was known for his love of flowers as evident in his earlier designs and was considered to be the next second-gen of designers to find success in Paris.
According to Vogue, a Newsday reporter once wrote in 1982, “Takada is credited with taking some the pomposity out of good clothes . . . and with putting in a little fun.”
His runway shows were full of energy, with models strutting down in rollerskates, or dancing barefoot to music blasting from speakers – Takada’s designs will forever be remembered as the epitome of love and happiness.