Humberto Leon and Carol Lim will show their first designs for the 41-year-old fashion house in October for S/S ’12, WWD reported.
Lim and Leon succeed Antonio Marras, who designed for Kenzo from 2004 until the recent menswear collection.
‘It’s great to bring this young, contemporary generation into Kenzo,’ Pierre-Yves Roussel, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH’s fashion division, told the trade paper. ‘They’re really embracing what was the origin of Kenzo — that Jungle spirit,’ referring to Kenzo Takada’s agenda-setting Jungle Jap boutique, with its exuberant colours, prints and ethnic-inflected ready-to-wear.
Leon and Lim will continue to lead Opening Ceremony while working to reenergise Kenzo’s brand image via new products and a revamped store environment.
‘Kenzo Takada came to Paris from Tokyo with bold new ideas for fashion and established an international company full of vibrant energy and colour,’ the duo said in a statement from Kenzo. ‘We are thrilled to take Kenzo, a source of great inspiration for us, into the future with our generation and the next in mind.’
‘Whenever you come across a Kenzo vintage piece, you get really excited,’ Leon said.