EXCLUSIVE: Kenzo Parts Ways With Creative Directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim

PARIS — Kenzo is parting ways with creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, WWD has learned.
After eight years at the helm, the design duo will present their final collection for the brand on June 23 during Paris Men’s Fashion Week. They will officially depart the label on July 1 to focus on their U.S.-based Opening Ceremony store chain and fashion label, with their successor to be named at a later date.
During their tenure Leon and Lim repositioned Kenzo as a contemporary label, revived key archival signatures like the embroidered tiger, and launched collaborations with everyone from Vans to fast-fashion retailer H&M.
Their fashion shows became known for performances including live bands, traditional Japanese theater and dance troupes. Meanwhile, the designers commissioned photographers and filmmakers including Jean-Paul Goude, David LaChapelle, Gregg Araki and Sean Baker to work on their campaign shoots and films.
Sylvie Colin, chief executive officer of Kenzo since 2017, paid tribute to the pair for modernizing the brand, which is preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, while building a close relationship with its 80-year-old founder Kenzo Takada.
“Humberto and Carol consistently brought diversity and inclusion to the forefront at Kenzo, using their collections, fashion shows, advertising, and special projects to

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