Celebrities React to the Tragic Death of Designer Kate Spade
Spade’s influence extended well beyond the fashion industry.
Following the tragic news of iconic handbag designer Kate Spade’s apparent suicide at the age of 55, social media users across the globe are sharing their condolences.
Spade, was, of course, one of the most well known designers on the planet—her namesake logo and spade insignia can be spotted on handbags and accessories across the world, prolific in the 25 years since the brand’s January 1993 launch.
Among those paying tribute on Twitter are close friends and fashion industry colleagues of Spade, including designer Kenneth Cole, CFDA president Steven Kolb, and former Glamour Editor-In-Chief Cindi Leive.
Of course, Spade’s influence wasn’t exclusive to the industry’s elite—celebrities like Chelsea Clinton and Reese Witherspoon also shared tributes to the late designer.
Scroll down below to see all the heartfelt sentiments.
Designer Nicole Miller also shared her sympathies with InStyle, writing the following statement:
I am so sad to hear about Kate Spade. I have known her for a really long time—even though we weren’t close, we were always friendly. I always loved her quirky style. I always loved seeing what vintage piece she would be wearing. I loved the way her hairstyle and accessories were always in sync. She never veered from her style. It was such a strong part of her identity and I never saw her out of character. I used to see Kate and Andy around quite a bit and together they were magical. She and her husband were the most adorable couple and I am really sorry for this to have happened.
Kate was always very vintage, a little bit 1950’s secretary and sometimes '60s Jackie Kennedy. She always had those little sweaters and her hair was always up. She had the glasses to match. I always love to see what she was wearing. I remember in the winter she always had these great chubbies and jackets. She was petite and cute as a button and she always stood out in a crowd.
Our thoughts are with Kate's friends and family.