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2011-07-12 Humberto Leon & Carol Lim to Kenzo

2011-07-12 Humberto Leon & Carol Lim to Kenzo News
While the world waits and waits for news of a Dior appointment, LVMH has been busy filling another spot—one no one knew was open.

This morning’s WWD (and last night’s Twitter) broke the surprising news that Opening Ceremony’s Carol Lim and Humberto Leon will take over as Creative Directors of Kenzo effective immediately.

Antonio Marras, who’s been with the brand since 2004, just presented his men’s collection last month—the next women’s collection, shown at Paris Fashion Week in October, will be by Lim and Leon. And while vintage Kenzo’s considered a treasure by most fashion lovers, it’s lost some of its fashion cred in recent years. If anyone can make it cool again it’s Lim and Leon. The duo have led Opening Ceremony to the top of its game while mentoring other designers like Chloë Sevigny and propelling brands like Rodarte and Proenza Schouler into the greater sphere of shopping (instead of just fashion with a capital ‘F’).

The two will shuttle back and forth from Paris to New York but plan to “build an exciting team” of designers at Kenzo to bring their vision to life on the runway.

Source: ELLE UK.

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