7 posts tagged "Whitney Houston"
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
A disco queen has died. “Last Dance” quips may be expected. But Donna Summer’s influence was great. She didn’t just have a moment—she had 17, the epic length of “Love to Love You, Baby,” the track she recorded with Giorgio Moroder, the Italian producer with whom she helped to shape the entire genre of dance music. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, borrowing may go one better—and everyone from Madonna to Whitney to Diana to Beyoncé has sampled Summer. Several generations of one-namers recognize her as one of their own.
Summer’s onstage style may not have been as influential as some of her fellow seventies dollies. But her music gave the beat to the better part of a generation. She had a catalog of hits nearly unrivaled among disco divas, and continued well into the pop/R&B of the eighties: In addition to “Love to Love You, Baby” and “Last Dance,” there were “I Feel Love,” “MacArthur Park,” “Bad Girls,” “On the Radio,” and “She Works Hard for the Money.” She won five Grammys and a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The fashion world has long appreciated Summer. In 2010, she and Marc Jacobs duetted on “On the Radio” at the opening of Louis Vuitton’s New Bond Street maison. (Kim Jones, Vuitton’s menswear designer, later called on Moroder to create and spin the soundtrack to his Fall ’12 men’s show, too.)
Summer died this morning, following a private battle with cancer. She was 63.
Gap’s latest designer collaboration is all child’s play. The retailer enlisted Diane von Furstenberg to create a line that includes her signature wrap dresses and colorful prints for tots (girls age 2-14). The GapKids and BabyGap collection will hit U.S. stores March 15. [Grazia Daily]
Mario Testino photographed Kate Moss and Lara Stone for the latest cover of Love magazine and then signed 50 random copies. Only 200 issues are being printed and those lucky enough to get a copy (Dover Street Market already has a wait list) won’t know if their issue is autographed until after removing the bespoke packaging. [Love]
Marking the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death, a new exhibition centered on the icon is set to open March 9 at the Getty Images Gallery in London. The museum’s Marilyn show will present the celebrity’s original dresses, unreleased photographs, and a new short film. [Vogue U.K.]
Speaking of memorabilia, tabloids were reminded just how much Americans love it last week. After Whitney Houston’s death on February 11, People, Us Weekly, and In Touch scrambled to include coverage on the star, and reportedly all three publications saw spikes in sales after putting Houston on the cover. [WWD]
Giorgio Armani Reveals Revamped Flagship, Miranda Kerr On The Aussie Runways, Jenna Lyons’ Look-Alike, And More…-------
Giorgio Armani has just unveiled his newly renovated Madison Avenue flagship store. The facelift of the 17-year-old store, which took three months of work, is part of his new vision for capturing market share in North America. [WWD]
Miranda Kerr is skipping New York fashion week, opting instead to walk the runway in Sydney. The supermodel showed off designs by Dion Lee, Josh Goot, and Kirrily Johnston at retailer David Jones’ show. [Huff Po]
Editors at the J.Crew presentation did a double take yesterday when they spotted Jenna Lyons’ doppelgänger. Lyons, who has appeared in the J.Crew campaigns before, says it wasn’t intentional, however. [Page Six]
Although the E network pulled its rebroadcast of the Fashion Police episode in which Joan Rivers makes snarky comments about Whitney Houston (the episode originally aired the day before Houston died), the fashion critic says she has no regrets about what she said. “When she’s alive, she’s fair game. It’s part of being a celebrity,” Rivers tells WWD. [WWD]
A pall was cast over fashion week last night, as the news quickly spread from showgoer to showgoer: Whitney Houston, the wildly talented and later wildly troubled pop star, died in Los Angeles at 48. The cause of death is not yet known. Houston was in Beverly Hills preparing for a pre-Grammys party, hosted by her mentor, Clive Davis, and the awards themselves, taking place this evening. At tonight’s show, Jennifer Hudson will perform a tribute in her honor.
Houston came from a family of singers—including mother Cissy Tyson, cousin Dionne Warwick, and godmother Aretha Franklin—and by 19 was playing Manhattan venues, where Davis discovered her. She released her smash-hit debut album, Whitney Houston, in 1985, and continued to follow it with success through the eighties and nineties. She starred in several films, including The Bodyguard (for which she recorded an inescapable version of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You”), Waiting to Exhale, and The Preacher’s Wife. She recently completed the filming of Sparkle, a remake of the 1967 film of the same name loosely based on the lives of the Supremes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures will release the film as planned on August 17.
Houston’s style tended toward the ultra-glamorous, though she once told Rolling Stone, “I am not always in a sequined gown. I am nobody’s angel,” an allusion to her troubled marriage to Bobby Brown. But she was a great beauty, and by high school, was modeling for the likes of Seventeen and Glamour.
As the musicians in Los Angeles for the Grammys reflected on the fallen star, in New York, the fashion world felt her loss, too. Sebastien Perrin, who creates runway soundtracks for many of the week’s shows, including 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rachel Zoe, Catherine Malandrino, and more, as well as many in Milan and Paris, sadly recalled using Houston tracks to score a presentation for Chanel at the label’s Rue Cambon store. And at the after-party for Joseph Altuzarra’s show—news of the singer’s death broke just before the first models hit the catwalk—songs from Houston’s eighties halcyon days had the entire room on its feet.