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The New Year is just around the corner, but before we move on to 2013, we pause to celebrate a few of the fashion-world innovators who passed away this year. Below are some of the legends to whom we said goodbye.
A muse to many (Karl Lagerfeld, for instance) and a source of intrigue for all, Anna Piaggi, with her Stephen Jones hats and endless, eccentric ensembles, was the original street-style star. A contributor to the former Vanity magazine and a presence for decades at Vogue Italia, Piaggi lit up the fashion scene with her signature gloves and cane, sometimes blue, sometimes violet hair, maquillaged face, vast knowledge, and unstoppable wit. Piaggi died in August at the age of 81.
Related: Remembering Anna Piaggi and Tim Blanks on Anna Piaggi’s Legacy
Having coined the phrase “If you don’t look good, we don’t look good,” Vidal Sassoon revolutionized the world of coiffure with his five-point haircut—the one worn by a young Grace Coddington, and that helped make Mia Farrow famous. An enduring force in fashion, Sassoon died in May at the age of 84.
Related: Beautiful Lives: Vidal Sassoon
There are few who didn’t love to love, or at least love to dance to, Donna Summer. Forever a disco queen, the star churned out hits like “Last Dance,” “I Feel Love,” and, of course, “Love to Love You Baby.” We lost the legend to cancer last May. She was 63.
Related: She Loved To Love You, Baby
Helen Gurley Brown
At the age of 90, Helen Gurley Brown, the world’s most famous Cosmo girl and the woman who helmed the title for three decades, passed away this summer. Her frank discussion of sex within the magazine’s pages forever changed the face of Cosmopolitan, and her editorial work, as well as her then-risqué 1962 book Sex and the Single Girl, helped to shape a generation.
Related: Helen Gurley Brown, Magazine Innovator, Dead At 90
Whitney Houston, the six-time Grammy Award-winning superstar, died tragically in February. Though in later years her personal struggles with husband Bobby Brown and drug abuse tended to eclipse her work, her chart-topping hits, like “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and her rendition of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” helped to define R&B for a generation.
Related: Whitney Houston, R.I.P. and Beauty Icon: Whitney Houston
English director Tony Scott, famed for blockbusters like Top Gun and Enemy of the State, died in August after an apparent suicide. As our editor in chief, Dirk Standen noted in his farewell piece, his moody film, The Hunger, was a constant source of inspiration for the fashion set.
Related: R.I.P. Tony Scott
Helen Gurley Brown, who edited Cosmopolitan magazine for three decades beginning in the sixties, died this morning. Gurley Brown was famous for her tenure at Cosmo, and it was there that she changed the face of magazines with candor and frankness, especially where sex was concerned; according to the media columnist Jeff Bercovici, “Every time you go past a newsstand, you’re looking at her work.” But magazine editing was her second or even third act. She also penned the historic (and at the time, scandalous) guidebook Sex and the Single Girl in 1962, and before that, rose from the secretarial ranks to become a hugely successful female copywriter at the ad agency Foote, Cone & Belding. (Shades of Mad Men‘s Peggy Olson.) Still, it’s her influence on the magazine industry that earned her the most lasting praise. It was the subject of the 2009 biography Bad Girls Go Everywhere, and as recently as this month, fodder for The New York Times‘ exploration “How Cosmo Conquered the World,” as “the patron saint of Cosmopolitan‘s sex-centric brand of female empowerment.”