Felipe Oliveira Baptista will quit his position as creative director of Kenzo this summer, not even two years after being appointed. The news also comes just three months after the death of founder Kenzo Takada.
Opening Ceremony may have closed down its destination boutique in Soho last spring, but the brand is very much alive and kicking, as the latest collection from its founders – Carol Lim and Humberto Leon - trumpets.
As wild tiger populations continue to decline worldwide, Kenzo is partnering again with World Wide Fund for Nature to produce a ready-to-wear capsule to help double the number of these big cats by the end of 2022.
It will launch its drops strategy to maximise the opportunity for one-offs and exclusives provided by acquired firms such as Stadium Goods and New Guards, as well as its huge partner boutique and brand network.
The house of Kenzo has edged back the unveiling of the debut collection by its new creative director Felipe Oliveira Baptista to the Paris women’s season. Previously, it showed a co-ed collection in January.
Running 23 September to 1 October, the nine-day calendar announced for Paris Fashion Week on Friday promises new creative directors, big name brands and fresh talent, with highlights including Patou's relaunch by LVMH.