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Fashion designers remember Lauren Bacall

Fashion designers remember Lauren Bacall

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On Tuesday this week aged 89, Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall passed away, leaving behind with her not only an unfading film career but also a long lasting impression on the fashion industry...

The day after Lauren Bacall's death, a handful of renowned designers from around the world spoke about her influence through the years on their work, and the glamorous impact she had on style during her Hollywood reign.

Diane von Furstenberg, a creative with a strong sense of female independence and love of American style, said, "Lauren Bacall was a true American beauty. She was beautiful, bold, talented, funny, adventurous and loyal," adding that, "For me she represented the best of American style! I was lucky to know her and call her a friend. I will miss her voice, her laughter, her heart."

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Yves Saint Laurent and Lauren Bacall

 

Isaac Mizrahi, whose first encounter with the blonde actress occurred when he was a 19-year-old working at Perry Ellis, stated, "There was not a false bone in her body. She had a very deep sense of integrity on every level. She embodied a certain level of taste for women that was just smart. And she did that by being true to herself and being honest, which is what they teach you in design school and on fashion shoots." 

Bacall spread her love for fashion amongst all the designing world, she wore Yves Saint Laurent, Ferragamo, Adolfo, Halston, Jean Paul Gaultier,  Armani Privé and Eksandar.

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In the Fifties and Sixties, Bacall became close with the Ferragamo family - along with Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner and Anna Magnani – Massimo Ferragamo, chairman of Ferragamo USA, said Wednesday, "For my father Salvatore, Lauren Bacall was one of the most elegant and ladylike actresses he ever had the pleasure of making custom shoes for. She was a very special woman and a true example of grace and class. She will be greatly missed."

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