Israeli fashion designer Alber Elbaz dies at 59

Gregory P. Daily

PARIS (AP) — Israeli designer Alber Elbaz, best known for spending 14 years at the helm of France’s Lanvin fashion house, has died at 59, the luxury conglomerate Richemont said Sunday.

A spokesperson for Richemont told CNN that Elbaz died Saturday from COVID-19. Women’s Wear Daily said he died at a Paris hospital.

In a statement, Richemont chairman Johann Rupert said “it was with shock and enormous sadness that I heard of Alber’s sudden passing. Alber had a richly deserved reputation as one of the industry’s brightest and most beloved figures.

“I was always taken by his intelligence, sensitivity, generosity and unbridled creativity. He was a man of exceptional warmth and talent, and his singular vision, sense of beauty and empathy leave an indelible impression,” Rupert said.

The Richemont group paid tribute to Elbaz’s “inclusive vision of fashion” that “made women feel beautiful and comfortable by blending traditional craftsmanship with

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Jessica McClintock, SF designer of countless prom dreams, dies at 90

Gregory P. Daily

Jessica McClintock, the San Francisco designer who made countless prom dress dreams come true, has died. She was 90.

McClintock was famed for her budget-friendly formal wear, and thousands of prom-goers have fond memories of trying on gowns in her Union Square boutique. The fashion trailblazer was born in Maine in 1930 and left home at 17 to pursue her degree. She graduated from San Jose State University and eventually settled on the West Coast, where she invested in San Francisco fashion label Gunne Sax in 1969. The brand was known for its calico prairie-style dresses, but after McClintock joined the endeavor which would later take her name, the dresses transitioned toward a more romantic, elegant style.

“Jessica often spoke of her belief that ‘Romance is beauty that touches the emotional part of our being’ and believed that everyone could choose to surround themselves with romance in their daily life,”

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Fashion Designer Heidi Weisel Dies at 59

Gregory P. Daily

Services will be held Sunday for designer Heidi Weisel at Mount Sinai Simi Valley.

Weisel died Thursday at age 59 at a relative’s home in Los Angeles, according to Tom Handley, a Parsons School of Design professor at The New School, who previously worked with Weisel.

The cause of death was not specified.

Born in San Francisco, Weisel grew up in New York City, where she continued to be based until last spring when the pandemic prompted her to relocate to the West Coast. Her parents Rachel and Shlomo were both Holocaust survivors. As a youngster, Weisel learned to sew from a neighbor, who lived downstairs.

At age five, Weisel got her first dose of designing by making basic wraps for her doll “Skipper.” The designer considered that the starting point for what would be a lifelong interest in fashion and Manhattan remained an inspiration source throughout her life.


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Model dies days after 50th birthday

Stella Tennant arrives at The Fashion Awards 2019 held at Royal Albert Hall
Stella Tennant arrives at The Fashion Awards 2019 held at Royal Albert Hall

British model Stella Tennant has died at the age of 50, her family have said.

The Scot made her name in the early 1990s on catwalks for designers like Karl Lagerfeld and Versace, and on the covers Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

Her family said: “Stella was a wonderful woman and an inspiration to us all. She will be greatly missed.”

They said her death was “sudden”, and police said there were “no suspicious circumstances”. Her death came five days after her 50th birthday.

The family statement said: “It is with great sadness we announce the sudden death of Stella Tennant on 22nd December 2020…

“Her family ask for their privacy to be respected. Arrangements for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.”

Runway show for Chanel's Spring 1994 RTW collection, designed by Karl Lagerfeld
Tennant made her name in the 1990s, when she was in her
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