Deaths (Obituaries)

July 20, 2017

Kenneth Jay Lane, Jewelry Designer Who Made a Fortune Faking It, Dies at 85

Kenneth Jay Lane, the designer and bon vivant who built a global business from glittering acts of unabashed deception, producing fake and junk jewelry — or, […]
July 13, 2017

Meechy Monroe, a YouTube Star for Her Natural Hair Lessons, Dies at 32

Meechy Monroe, who achieved YouTube fame with hairstyle tutorials that empowered black women to embrace the so-called natural hair movement and forgo harsh chemicals, died June […]
July 11, 2017

Elsa Martinelli, Italian Model and Actress, Dies at 82

Elsa Martinelli, an Italian fashion model turned actress whose Hollywood career included roles opposite Kirk Douglas in “The Indian Fighter” and John Wayne in “Hatari!,” died […]
March 25, 2017

Postscript: When David Rockefeller Met Brooke Astor: The Ultimate New York Power Couple

At the Museum of Modern Art’s annual spring benefit last June, Helen Mirren could be spotted near one of the artists being honored that night, Brice […]
March 13, 2017

Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Children’s Author and Filmmaker, Dies at 51

Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a prolific children’s book author, memoirist and public speaker who, dying of cancer, found an extraordinarily large readership this month with a column […]
March 1, 2017

Emmanuelle Khanh, Who Reinvigorated French Fashion, Dies at 79

Emmanuelle Khanh, who reinvigorated French fashion in the early 1960s with quirky, fluid clothes intended for young, active women, died on Feb. 17 at her home […]
December 28, 2016

Willa Kim, Designer of Fanciful Costumes, Dies at 99

Willa Kim, the petite and unfailingly elegant theatrical costume designer whose exuberant, sometimes over-the-top designs brought her two Tony Awards and a solid reputation for innovation […]
August 25, 2016

Sonia Rykiel, Fashion Designer for the ‘Fragile, but Strong,’ Dies at 86

Sonia Rykiel, the Paris fashion designer who planted her contrarian flag on the Left Bank in the 1960s, flouted haute couture conventions and created chic ready-to-wear […]
August 8, 2016

Ivo Pitanguy, Plastic Surgeon to the Stars and a Celebrity Himself, Dies at 93

Dr. Ivo Pitanguy, a pioneering Brazilian plastic surgeon who performed face lifts, tummy tucks and other procedures on the rich, famous and royal, becoming rich, famous […]
July 21, 2016

Betsy Bloomingdale, Socialite and Friend of Influencers, Dies at 93

Betsy Bloomingdale, the socialite and renowned fashion leader who was the widow of Alfred S. Bloomingdale, the department store heir, and a celebrated hostess to royalty, […]