Kenzo, the label creator
Publish on Friday, 22 July 2016
The Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris is in the heart of one of the city’s most prestigious districts and close to many of the world’s biggest fashion brands. You’ll find them on the nearby rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore as well as the Place Vendome, an address that’s known for fine jewellery. Get on trend this summer with the colourful and creative Kenzo Takada, Kenzo for short.
Himeji in Paris
Kenzo Takada was born in 1939, close to the Castle of Himeji, one of the cultural treasures of Japan and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Passionate about fashion, he left Kobe City University of Foreign Studies to register at Tokyo's Bunka Fashion College before moving to Paris in 1964. He worked as a stylist before presenting his first show in 1970. That same year, he opened his first shop Passage Choiseul. The adventure had begun.
A style of his own
Japanese cotton, bright colours, floral patterns, loose, unstructured shapes; Kenzo intrigued the fashion world from the start. Success was imminent. Catwalk shows in Paris, Tokyo, New York, parades followed and the designer was hailed by some of the world’s most important fashion magazines. In 1976, he opened his shop and studio in Place des Victoires. Inexhaustible, Kenzo then launched his men's line in 1983 before making his mark in the perfume world with Kenzo de Kenzo (1988) and other popular fragrances including Flower (2000). In 1995, he designed chandeliers and vases for Baccarat, bringing a bright but subtle influence to the prestigious crystal house. Want to admire some of the latest creations by the Rising Sun designer? Head for Place de la Madeleine. You will find a Kenzo boutique and many other delights. Come late afternoon, discover delicious culinary creations inspired by the flavours of East and West at the Vraymonde restaurant of the Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris. The perfect end to a perfect day for fashion lovers.