Don’t cry because it’s over – smile because it happened.
This perspective at least makes 2016 fashion losses less painful. Last year’s “Gone But Not Forgotten” list includes:
China Machado (December 25, 1929 – December 18, 2016) She was a Shanghai born supermodel, editor and TV producer.
James Galanos (September 20, 1924 – October 30, 2016) He was the fashion designer of the elite. One of his more notable clients: Nancy Reagan.
Richard Nicoll (September 15, 1977 – October 21, 2016) He was a British born fashion designer known for his ready to wear.
Betsy Bloomingdale (August 2, 1922 – July 9, 2016) She was the widow of department store owner Alfred Bloomingdales; socialite; philanthropist and a familiar name on the Best Dressed lists.
Bill Cunningham (March 13, 1929 – June 25, 2016) He was an acclaimed fashion photographer who took it to the streets by capturing well dressed people on the streets as well the models.
Fred Hayman (May 29, 1925 – April 14, 2016) He was known as the Godfather of Rodeo Drive. He revolutionized high end fashion retail by merging hospitality and retail to form retail-tainment. Clients were entertained during their entire purchasing experience. Bravo.
Katie May (March 16, 1981 – February 4. 2016) She was a Sport Illustrated model, known as the Queen of Snapchat. She also had a fashion line of bridal wear.
Andre Courreges (March 9, 1923 – January 7, 2016) He was a French fashion designer who brought the space age to the catwalk. He also claimed to have invented the mini skirt in the 1960s.
Saks Jandel, the 128 year old boutique to the elite in Chevy Chase, closed its doors for good. I bought two evening dresses to mark the occasion.