Leon and Lim leave Kenzo, Pitti Uomo and more of the news you missed

Carol Lim & Humberto Leon Set to Exit Kenzo
Helming the French brand since 2011, the design pair’s departure from Kenzo after 8 years was announced in a release from LVMH. Leon and Lim, who helped Kenzo widen the reach and influence of Kenzo, are said to be looking to focus on their own brand Opening Ceremony in New York. The Spring 2020 collection will be their final show as creative directors for Kenzo, with no one named yet to succeed them at the label. [WWD]

Rest in Peace Michel Levaton
Sadly, the industry has lost the CEO and founder of Metropolitan Models as news of his passing was announced this week. Diana Levaton will continue at the helm of the 30-year-old agency. “He was such a force of nature and guiding star to so many and changed the industry with the same passion and determination as he lived his life,” Metropolitan Models wrote.

Virgil Abloh Retrospective Opens at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
The multi-hyphenate designer of Off-White and men’s creative director at Louis Vuitton, Virgil Abloh, now has a retrospective on at MCA which was curated by Michael Darling and designed by Abloh with the research and design studio AMO. 20 years of work come together for “Figures of Speech” from the Illinois-born artist and collaborator who often traverses genres and industries threading music, fashion, art, and design together into sought-after merchandise. The show is now on from June 10th to September 22nd. [Dezeen]

Weekends at Depop Live
This past weekend online resell marketplace Depop opened up its pop-up iteration of the popular shopping app in Soho. The two-day immersive event, invited 50 of its top vintage, streetwear, and secondhand sellers to sell alongside booths of NYC regulars like Miaou, Telfar, and Sandy Liang, with purchases assisted by PayPal. Highlights included panels with social media influencers, sustainability spokespeople, and industry stalwarts like Heron Preston, Tyler Mitchell, and Nicole McLaughlin.

Pitti Uomo Kicked off
Menswear kicked it up a notch as it landed in Florence with the return of Pitti Uomo with a few out of the norm shows bringing castings to a fever pitch. There were the staples – Zegna and Ferragamo returned while Clare Waight Keller‘s second menswear showing for Givenchy came to the city for the first time. The wildcards? Artist and Raf Simons-fav, Sterling Ruby unleashed his debut collection and CR Fashion Book partnered up with Italian luxury shopping outlet LuisaViaRoma to celebrate its 90th anniversary with a 90’s archival extravaganza. Who walked the latter? Everyone.

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