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  • Faust
    kitsch killer
    • Sep 2006
    • 37852

    Kenzo Takada is back.

    Anotehr blast from the past? I've always liked Kenzo, loved the prints, the silhouettes, the price points. I think he sold his original company a while ago. I am not too crazy about this collection, but some pieces are cool.

    From fashion wire daily.

    A Second Awakening: The Resurrection of Kenzo Takada

    Carol Lee Kim

    October 27th, 2006 @ 2:50 PM - New York

    nearly seven years out of the fashion limelight, Kenzo Takada emerged
    with a new collection, new creative ventures and a new outlook on

    "This time around, it's about l'art de vivre," said Takada
    to Fashion Wire Daily over a cup of tea at the Takashimaya restaurant
    in New York on Thursday, October 28th. While the designer made good use
    of his creative hiatus traveling the world and working on various side
    projects, "there was something missing," he said. "I missed fashion."

    Takada made his reentrance into fashion official with Takada, a
    line of women's Spring/Summer 2007 ready-to-wear that seamlessly blends
    the designer's Japanese-inspired aesthetic with clean and modern

    Working with a mixture of bold prints and a rich palette of ebony,
    red, blue, green and bronze, the collection plays with the many
    permutations of volume. Rouched sleeves and an accordion collar give
    dimension to a voluminous opera coat in black silk taffeta, while a
    short hemline and puffed sleeves give a unique and fresh twist on the
    classic camel trench. A series of ephemeral summer dresses in light
    blue organdy and a starfish printed bikini was in tune with the
    designer's reputation for incorporating fun and colorful prints.

    Rounding out the collection is a beautifully draped kimono dress in
    red Moroccan crepe, which worked well against a western-style pant suit
    in wool crepe with navy stripes.

    The innovative ways in which Takada applied the East-meets-West
    concept is what first catapulted the designer into fashion stardom, and
    it is precisely what continues to drive his career today.

    "Fashion is the collective product of Asia, Europe and America,"
    said Takada. Moving forward with his global outlook, Takada hopes that
    his latest collection of Takada line of womenswear will soon manifest
    itself into a full-blown lifestyle brand that encompasses all of the
    five senses.

    In the meantime, Takada is keeping himself busy with multiple
    collaborative projects, including an exclusive series of crystalware
    for Baccarat and designing a line of scarves with Ratti, an Italian
    luxury textile company. Despite having multiple partnerships in the
    works and a wealth of experience in the field, Takada approaches his
    second venture into fashion with caution and humility.

    "I consider myself to be a beginner," he claimed. "And the biggest
    challenge for any designer is the ability to keep their identity. It
    takes more than just a creative mind to reach success; you also need to
    balance it with business sensibility."

    With such words of wisdom and the fact that items from his latest
    ready-to-wear collection are flying off the racks at Takashimaya, it's
    clear that the fashion world has already embraced his reemergence with
    open arms and anticipate what's to come from this prolific designer.

    You can see pix here

    Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months - Oscar Wilde

    StyleZeitgeist Magazine
  • mamooon
    • Jun 2015
    • 62

    Rest in peace, Mr. Kenzō Takada.