Humberto Leon and Carol Lim are leaving Kenzo

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Fashion designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim are set to leave their posts as the creative directors of Kenzo after eight years at its helm.

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The duo will present their final collection for the luxury LVMH-owned label this month at its upcoming Paris Men's Fashion Week show on June 23, LVMH said in a press release, before officially leaving the company on July 1. A successor has yet to be announced.

"Humberto and Carol consistently brought diversity and inclusion to the forefront at Kenzo, using their collections, fashion shows, advertising, and special projects to engage and galvanize a new generation of creatives," Sylvie Colin, chief executive officer of Kenzo, said. "They have always approached everything they do through the lens of customer experience and pioneered a modern vision of what it is to be a creative director. We wish them all the best in their new adventures."

The pair will focus their attention on Opening Ceremony, the fashion label they founded in 2002, LVMH added. Since its launch, the brand has snagged high-profile collaborations with big names such as Rodarte, Disney and Lacoste.

Kenzo, which marks its 50th birthday next year, was founded in 1970 by Japanese designer Kenzo Takada. Recent big milestones for the brand include netting Britney Spears as a campaign star in 2018 and Tracee Ellis Ross in 2017, in addition to teaming up with H&M on a collaborative capsule in 2016.

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