In Memoriam: Remembering Those Who Passed in 2013
The new year is just around the corner, but before we move on to 2014, we pause to celebrate a few of the innovators who passed away this year. Below are some of the legends to whom we say good-bye.
Ottavio and Vittorio Missoni
There’s no denying the colorful imprint that Missoni has had, and continues to leave, on Italian fashion since it was first created by Italian impresario Ottavio Missoni and his wife, Rosita, in 1958. Having contributed to the rise of Italian ready-to-wear, Ottavio, ever the patriarch, peacefully passed this May at 92, having bequeathed the reigns of the family empire to his children, Angela, Luca, and the late Vittorio, in the nineties. Vittorio, formerly the CEO of Missoni, who was credited with bringing the brand and its signature zigzag knits global, tragically disappeared, at age 58, with his partner in a plane crash off the coast of Venezuela in January of this year.
Related: Ottavio Missoni R.I.P. and Vittorio Missoni Missing Off Coast Of Venezuela
Lou Reed Lou Reed, the dark horse of rock ‘n’ roll whose artistry and lyricism profoundly influenced various generations of musicians, came into the limelight in the sixties with the Velvet Underground. Reed’s prolific work, which extended into a solo career up until the point of his death (this October, in Long Island, of liver disease at 71), grasped the attention of artists and politicians, like Andy Warhol and Czech leader Václav Havel, as well as his contemporaries, from Bob Dylan to Metallica.
As Style.com’s editor in chief, Dirk Standen, wrote, Peter Kaplan was inimitable. Kaplan was best recognized for his editorial prowess as the single longest-standing editor (fifteen years) of The New York Observer, and he set the tone for the media industry to follow by covering the cultish intrigue of New York City’s elite, politicians, and power brokers. His extensive career, which included working at Time magazine, The New York Times, and Charlie Rose, prior to his tenure at the Observer, last saw him as the editorial director of Condé Nast’s Fairchild Fashion Group, of which Style.com is a part. Kaplan, age 59, passed of lymphoma.
Related: Peter Kaplan, R.I.P.
At 81, Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau, known simply as Lilly Pulitzer, which was also the name for her fashion line of chintzy, preppy print looks prevalent in Palm Beach, Florida (her base), and abroad, passed this April. The socialite-cum-designer began creating her tropical-inspired looks in the sixties and was oft quoted as saying, “It’s always summer somewhere.”
Related: Lilly Pulitzer Dies at 81
Deborah Turbeville, who passed in Manhattan at 81, in October of lung cancer, was one of fashion’s great photographic legends. Having assisted the late great lensman Richard Avedon, Turbeville worked as a fit model for Claire McCardell and saw a brief editorial stint at Harper’s Bazaar, before building her creative oeuvre on a commanding yet soft aesthetic with a dark and feminine mystique. Appearing everywhere from Vogue to W to The New York Times, her work radically defined imagery in the seventies.
Related: R.I.P. Deborah Turbeville and The Image Makers: Deborah Turbeville
British photographer Kate Barry, the daughter of actress Jane Birkin and John Barry, passed earlier this month in Paris at 46. With regular spreads in British Vogue and the Sunday Times Magazine, Barry began photographing in the nineties and became known for her stripped-down portraits and landscape photography. She often took pictures of her half sisters, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon, along with other notable women, like Carla Bruni and Tilda Swinton.
Known as the “Duchess of Carnegie Hall,” Italian-American photographer Editta Sherman captured the celebrities of old Hollywood, like Cary Grant, Yul Brynner, Charlton Heston, Leonard Bernstein, and Joe DiMaggio. She both photographed and played muse to Andy Warhol, and earned her moniker for living in the former artists’ residence (until 2010) for more than sixty years. In fact, her apartment was right next to Bill Cunningham’s abode in the building. Sherman passed this November at 101.
Interview magazine editor, Huffington Post contributor, and fashion stylist Annabel Tollman passed this June in Manhattan at 39. The Belgian-born Tollman, who also dressed celebrity clientele like Liv Tyler, Scarlett Johansson, and the Olsen twins, among others, was best known for her old-Hollywood aesthetic.
Related: R.I.P. Annabel Tollman
British-Irish actor Peter O’Toole, whose iconic role as T.E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia cemented his stardom in 1962, passed this month in London at 81. The actor had a towering presence (he was over six feet tall) and boasted dramatic verve, both on- and offscreen. O’Toole received an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement in 2003.
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