Remembering Legends of the Industry

Recently, 2016 has dealt with the passing of some of the fashion industry’s beloved leaders. Pioneers of their craft, they brought art to the masses and whether they were young or old, their impact was strong and true which will have them remain within our memories forever. With honor and respect, we wanted to say a few words to remember some of those who are no longer with us.

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Bill Cunningham, who passed away in June at age 87, was a man that really needs no introduction (and famously humble, would most likely decline one as well). A positively legendary photographer for the NY Times and a pioneer of street style photography, he could be found stationed along fifth avenue and front row at fashion shows across the globe contributing hundreds upon thousands of images that we will treasure forever. Wearing his blue smock jacket uniform and extra-wide grin, anyone and everyone in the industry would feel privileged to have his camera flash on their ensemble. His distinct presence and twinkle will be missed forever.

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Jeffrey Slonim, whose untimely passing at 56 surprised us all, was known as a true gentleman. Quick-witted and sharply dynamic, he was far more than a society/red carpet journalist. As a writer he was always first to provide exclusive quotes and contributed to a laundry list of print media which included Men’s Vogue, The New York Post, People and Interview magazine. His career was just as fascinating as the celebrities he reported on. He attended Yale and worked for Andy Warhol, became a photo editor and art director at various points however, no matter the assignment, he was always truly passionate for his work and his family.

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Richard Nicoll sadly passed away at the tender age of 39 this year of an apparent heart attack. The London-born and Australian raised modernist fashion designer was a genius manipulator of color and shapes and created stunning pieces for his namesake collection from 2005 – 2014. He also had a long list of other projects and accolades like capsule collections for brands like Fred Perry and Topshop, consulted for Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton, was the creative director at Cerruti (2009 to 2011), at Jack Wills (February 2014 to October 2015) and was preparing to begin his role as Creative Director at Adidas at the start of 2017.

No matter how much time passes, one thing is for certain; the memories of these individuals will forever remain within the threads, photographs and words that they provided for the world to enjoy.

About the Author

Jillian Magenheim is the Editorial Director and Director of Partnerships for OliviaPalermo.com. She is also a digital media consultant for various fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on Twitter @Magenhaz and on Instagram @jillianrose_m