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— by Sara Lieberman: It should come as no surprise that a fashion designer who once incorporated live elephants into his runway show would release 350 butterflies into a candle-lit tent dotted with cherry blossom trees for his 80th birthday celebration. And yet, on February 28, inside the Pavillon Ledoyen just off the Champs-Elysées, hundreds of sparkly-dressed Parisians stood there, bewildered by the electrifying spectacle unleashed by Kenzo Takada, who spent decades disrupting the fashion world with his eponymous label’s bold patterns and out-there designs…

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May 21, 2019