PARIS (Reuters) – Japanese style designer Kenzo Takada, better recognised as Kenzo, who made his label in Paris in the 1970s, died on Sunday, the manufacturer that nevertheless carries his identify explained.

Aged 81, Takada died of issues connected to COVID-19 at the American Medical center of Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a residential suburb on the western outskirts of the capital, his spokesman explained to French media.

Known for his colourful motifs and initial silhouettes, which combined inspirations from Japan, these as the kimono, with other cuts, Takada also branched into perfumes and skincare lines, supporting his business enterprise increase.

He experienced retired from his eponymous label various decades in the past, even so, immediately after providing it to LVMH LVMH.PA, the world’s most significant luxurious group, in the early 1990s.

Kenzo has because experienced many other inventive directors, while Takada preserved close backlinks to the earth of fashion but explored other locations of design and style, like furniture.

Confirming his loss of life in a assertion on Instagram, the Kenzo manufacturer paid out tribute to his use of color, and stated the label was still motivated by his zest for everyday living and optimism.

Takada, who has explained how he first reached France by using a very long boat journey in the mid-1960s, was acknowledged an avid traveller, and played with a blend of cultural inspirations in his layouts.

A New York Periods overview of just one of Takada’s early fashion demonstrates in 1973 hailed an “ethnic mishmash that was joyous and comprehensive of fun”, describing him as “one of the most imaginative designers in the world”.

Takada, who has also created opera costumes, commenced out with a small keep in Paris before before long achieving star status, and remained in his adopted city. His contemporaries in a flourishing interval for Parisian trend provided Jean Paul Gaultier and Yves Saint Laurent.

“Paris is mourning 1 of its sons these days,” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo reported on Twitter.

LVMH’s Chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault claimed in a assertion that Kenzo had “infused into manner a tone of poetic lightness and sweet flexibility which impressed several designers following him”.

Ralph Toledano, chairman of France’s manner federation, credited Takada with contributing to crafting “a new site in style, at the confluence of the East and the West”.

Takada early this 12 months launched a new venture in Paris, a property and life style brand known as K3, in collaboration with other designers.

Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain, Nicolas Delame and Sarah White Editing by Giles Elgood, Frances Kerry and Barbara Lewis