Kenzo Takada dies at 81, and 90s supermodels land their own documentary on Apple TV+. Stay up to date with the top international fashion news of the week.
Kenzo Takada Dies at 81
Fashion designer, Kenzo Takada, has passed away from complications of COVID-19. His death came at the very end of Paris Fashion Week. The Japanese designer, most famous for founding the brand Kenzo, was famous for his expressive and experimental approach to haute couture. The designer was born in 1939 and studied at the Bunka College of Fashion in Tokyo. In 1965 he moved to Pairs, where he took over a boutique of ready-to-wear fashion in 1970.
Kenzo’s designs blended traditional Asian forms with haute couture. His works were featured in many well-known publications, solidifying his role in the fashion industry and becoming one of the most influential names in the game. The designer once said he was ‘proud to see young people wearing Kenzo all the time, especially Asians, all over the world’. Kenzo Takada was 81.
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AN ODE TO OUR FOUNDER 🙏🏻🖤 It is with immense sadness that KENZO has learned of the passing of our founder, Kenzo Takada. For half a century, Mr. Takada has been an emblematic personality in the fashion industry – always infusing creativity and color into the world. Today, his optimism, zest for life and generosity continue to be pillars of our Maison. He will be greatly missed and always remembered. “It is with great sadness that I have learned the passing away of Mr Kenzo Takada. His amazing energy, kindness, talent and smile were contagious. His kindred spirit will live forever. Rest in peace Master.” -@felipeoliveirabaptista
Nineties Supermodels Launch a New Docu-series
Some of the world’s biggest supermodels from the 90s are creating a new documentary series. Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington Burns are working on the show together, dubbed ‘The Supermodels’. The series follows the story of each supermodel and how they became the household names within the fashion industry and beyond.
“We hope our journey seen in the docuseries will encourage, motivate, and inspire young people around the world,” said Naomi Campbell. There has been no release date for ‘The Supermodels’, but it will be exclusively cast on Apple TV+.
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My sisters Christy, Linda, Cindy and I are extremely thrilled to share our story with the world and there could be no better partners than Brian Grazer, Ron Howard which is a dream come true to bring it to life, as we knew they would respect and honor our story. We hope our journey seen in the docuseries will encourage, motivate and inspire young people around the world. We look forward to this great adventure ahead with director Barbara Kopple. “The Supermodels” coming to @AppleTV. . . . . @AppleTV @ImagineDocs @ImagineEntertainment @cindycrawford @lindaevangelista @cturlington @barbarakopple @BrianGrazer @RealRonHoward
Zendaya Receives Visionary Award at Green Carpet Fashion Awards
Zendaya is to receive the Visionary Award at the Green Carpet Fashion Awards. The 24-year-old actress often appears on red carpets donning haute couture and is a champion for inclusivity and diversity. The award ceremony will unveil virtually on October 10 on YouTube in partnership with the Italian Government. “Zendaya has long championed inclusivity and diversity, she is a real trailblazer,” said Livia Firth, the Founder of Eco-Age.
Glenn Martens is the New Creative Director of Diesel
Glenn Martens is the new Creative Director of Diesel, after a few years of work with Y/Project. The Belgian designer will join the fashion house immediately, taking over Massimo Piombinim’s role.
“I know many designers and I just know Glenn is the perfect fit for Diesel, the first designer creative director of this brand in its 42 years of history,” said Renzo Rosso, the President of OTB, the conglomerate that owns Diesel. “I have been following his work for years since he won ANDAM, and I know he can take Diesel, and its iconic global lifestyle, into the future.”
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OTB is proud to announce the appointment of @glennmartens as Creative Director of Diesel effective immediately. In his new role, Glenn will overview the global brand’s style, communications, interior design, and more in general its overall creativity. Born in 1983, Glenn Martens is a Belgian designer who started his career at Jean Paul Gaultier, and since 2013 he is the Creative Director of Parisian brand Y/Project. In 2017 Glenn won the ANDAM award (of which OTB is one of the historical supporters), and in 2018 Glenn was one of the guest designers of Diesel’s experimental capsule series Diesel Red Tag. Thus Renzo Rosso, founder of Diesel: “Ever since I met Glenn in 2017 I saw his experience grow and his talent cement. Working with him on Diesel Red Tag, going through our company’s archives and heritage together, seeing him interact with the brand, brought us closer, and I am happy to now see him take the helm of Diesel, where he will marry his design vision with the iconoclastic values of this unique brand”. “I am extremely honored and excited to join the Diesel family. Synonymous with radicality, honesty, and optimism, Diesel helped shape the way we see the future. Its unique voice has made it an undeniable icon. Today, more than ever, I feel the need to celebrate these founding values, to build bridges through a message of hope”, is the comment of Glenn Martens.
Chanel Debuts SS21 Show
Chanel has debuted its SS21 show, taking to Tinseltown as its inspiration. The event was held in Grand Palais in Paris, featuring a Hollywood-style Chanel logo in the background. “This collection is a tribute to the muses of the house,” said Virginie Viard, the Creative Director of Chanel.
The show is ultimately a ‘love letter to cinema’, showcasing the ‘other side of the velvet rope’. The SS21 show featured pink denim, chain belts, and chain link chokers, with small Chanel bags slung along the hips and the interlocking CC logo on every item of clothing. “This very lively side to cinema that happens beyond cinema,” Viard said.
Alexandra Feiam is an experienced fashion writer who holds a degree in journalism. She has an impressive portfolio and expertise working as the Editor at Power Retail and Commercial Content Editor at Newscorp. Ally has been writing for The TrendSpotter since 2018, and her work has been featured in notable publications such as The Herald Sun, Arirang TV South Korea, Kidspot, The House of Wellness, and The Daily Telegraph.
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