In Memoriam...

The Indie Fashion Calendar Pays Tribute To The Fashion Icons We Lost In 2018

The fashion industry lost some of its biggest members and supporters in 2018. Join us as we take a moment to remember those who have passed, and their contribution to the fashion industry.

Kim Porter 

Model & Actress 1971-2018

Kim Porter, an American actress, and model, who was famous for being the partner of Puff Diddy from 1994 to 2007. She had appeared in TV Show, and movies like Law & Order and I want to work with Diddy. As of 2018, Kim is no more as she had a cardiac arrest and the early reports from doctors revealed she had suffered from acute pneumonia.

Kim was born in Columbus, the USA on 16th December 1971. She was of American nationality and part of the African-American ethnicity. Her zodiac sign was Sagittarius. 

Hubert De Gevinchy

Fashion Designer 1928-2018

Fashion icon Hubert de Givenchy, who founded the House of Givenchy, died in March 2018. He was 91.

The famed French designer was best known for dressing Audrey Hepburn. The legendary actress wore Givenchy’s designs in several films, including “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Sabrina,” “Funny Face,” and “How to Steal a Million.”

Givenchy created one of the most iconic “little black dresses” in fashion history: the silk gown Hepburn donned in the opening scenes of 1961’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Oribe Canalez 

Hair Stylists & Cosmetics Mogul 1958-2018

Oribe Canales passed away in Dec 2018 Sunday, at the age of 62. According to the New York Times, the cause of death was from liver and kidney failure after receiving cancer treatment last month.

Known to the world by his first name, Oribe was a modern-day hair artist and disruptor. He treated it like sculpture to mold and reshape, backcombing it into “Hairspray”-high bouffants for a 1992 Chanel show, only to subsequently topple it or dirtying it up at Marc Jacobs for Perry Ellis’s now iconic grunge show. And let us not forget the nearly steroidal Belle du Jour coif he created on longtime muse Jennifer Lopez for the 2002 Academy Awards.

Kate Spade

Fashion Designer 1962-2018

Katherine Noel Valentine Bresnahan, known professionally as Kate Spade and Kate Valentine,[was an American fashion designer and businesswoman. She was the founder and former co-owner of the designer brand Kate Spade New York.

After working in the accessories department at the fashion magazine Mademoiselle, Brosnahan and her husband, Andy Spade, identified a market for quality stylish handbags, and founded Kate Spade New York in 1993. The handbags Spade designed and produced quickly found popularity, owing to their sophistication and affordability, and have been described as a symbol of New York City in the 1990s.

The company expanded into other product lines. In 1999, Spade sold a 56-percent stake in her business to Neiman Marcus Group, and in 2006 sold the rest of her shares.[4] In 2016, Spade and her partners launched a new fashion brand, Frances Valentine.[1] On June 5, 2018, Spade was found dead in her apartment, her death being ruled a suicide.

Aretha Franklyn

Singer & Fashion Icon 1942-2018

According to Richie Unterberger, Franklin was "one of the giants of soul music, and indeed of American pop as a whole. More than any other performer, she epitomized soul at its most gospel-charged".[1] She had often been described as a great singer and musician due to "vocal flexibility, interpretive intelligence, skillful piano-playing, her ear, her experience".[91] Franklin's voice was described as being a "powerful mezzo-soprano voice". She was praised for her arrangements and interpretations of other artists' hit songs.[92] According to David Remnick, what "distinguishes her is not merely the breadth of her catalogue or the cataract force of her vocal instrument; it's her musical intelligence, her way of singing behind the beat, of spraying a wash of notes over a single word or syllable, of constructing, moment by moment, the emotional power of a three-minute song. "Respect" is as precise an artifact as a Ming vase".[82] Describing Franklin's voice as a youngster on her first album, Songs of Faith, released in 1956 when she was just 14, Jerry Wexler explained that it "was not that of a child but rather of an ecstatic hierophant".[93] Critic Randy Lewis assessed her skills as a pianist as "magic" and "inspirational". Musicians and professionals alike such as Elton John, Keith Richards, Carole King, and Clive Davis were fans of her piano performances.