PARIS, Jul 12, 2011/ FW/ — After 8 positive years, Kenzo and Antonio Marras have decided to end their collaboration, the company announced today. At the same announcement, LVM and Kenzo also confirmed the appointment of Humberto Leon and Carol Lim as Creative Directors of Kenzo effective July 2011.
Humberto Leon and Carol Lim are the duo behind Opening Ceremony, the fashion and retail concept they founded together in New York City in 2002. They will split their time between New York and Paris.
“Humberto and Carol will bring their fresh creative talent and innovative approach to Kenzo to rejuvenate this iconic brand. I am confident that they will leverage the unique contemporary & lifestyle spirit of the Brand to position it ideally for an ambitious development,” declared Pierre-Yves Roussel, Chairman and CEO of the Fashion Division of LVMH.
“Kenzo Takada came to Paris from Tokyo with bold new ideas for fashion and established an international company full of vibrant energy and color. We are thrilled to take Kenzo, a source of great inspiration for us, into the future with our generation and the next in mind,” said Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Creative Directors of Kenzo.