Takada death upends Paris fashion; Givenchy unveils designer

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By THOMAS ADAMSON AP Fashion Writer

PARIS (AP) — Paris Fashion Week was upended Sunday by the news of fashion designer Kenzo Takada’s death at age 81.

Reports say Takada died from COVID-19 complications, and members of the fashion world paid tribute to him.

Like Milan before it, Paris is undertaking an unusual fashion season for Spring-Summer 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The nine-day calendar is flitting between 16 ready-to-wear runway collections with masked guests in seated rows, 20 in-person presentations and several dozen completely digital shows streamed online with promotional videos.

One of Sunday’s highlights was storied maison Givenchy’s unveiling of new designer Matthew Williams’ debut collection. But the brand may have hoped such a big new beginning would have come under better days and not under the virus-hit Paris Fashion Week.

GIVENCHY NEW DESIGNER

There was a palpable excitement around Givenchy’s opulent Avenue Montaigne atelier on Sunday as Matthew Williams greeted editors to show off his debut collection, some four months after being named the replacement to Clare Waight Keller.

For a 34-year-old, Williams has quite a resume — after having…



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