Kenzo launched in 1970 as the brainchild of Japanese-born Kenzo Takada. The look epitomizes “West meets East,” merging fun prints with an ethnic vibe, flowers (the house’s signature), and textures to blend Kenzo’s natural Japanese influences with Parisian culture. Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy bought the label in 1993, and the next year the house covered the Parisian Pont Neuf Bridge in 10,000 flowers. At the age of 60, Takada announced his retirement in 1999.
Sardinia-based Antonio Marras took over as the head designer in September 2003 and continued the original vision of creating clothes for the woman or man who’s not afraid of color and prints. After Marras’s departure, in 2011, Opening Ceremony founders and fashion darlings Humberto Leon and Carol Lim were appointed as the new creative directors.