Growing up Joan Rivers was always there. On TV as a comedienne, on The Muppets with Miss Piggy and fighting the good fight with the Fashion Police. Never once did she not appreciate the funny things and people in life. Always stellar, a star and an inspiration Joan Rivers is indeed, the definition of Comedy itself.
Sadly today we lost Joan Rivers at 81. Surrounded by friends and family she left us. Melissa Rivers her daughter released this statement;
“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.
Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated.
My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.” –Melissa Rivers
We will truly miss you Joan. You were, and always will be an inspiration.
Video of Miss Piggy Vs. Joan Rivers – The Feud
Robin Williams signed off today leaving millions of dedicated fans and friends hanging their heads in loss.
Jay Paul for The New York Times
Not only was Robin Williams and amazing comedian and great actor but his legacy spans over forty years, leaving us with classics like Mork & Mindy, Popeye, Jumanji, The Fisher King and the everlasting classic Dead Poet’s Society.
Our heart goes out not only to him, but his family and wife Susan Schneider, who released the following statement to the New York Times’ Dave Itzkoff:
“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope that the focus will not be on Robin’s death but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
Robin Williams had been battling depression and died from an apparent suicide from asphyxia, in his home, in Marin County.
Nanoo, Nanoo to a great actor. We’re sorry you signed out Robin Williams.
In a strange turn of events, Peaches Geldof, daughter of rock icon Bob Geldof, was found dead in her home in the UK today.
Peaches was a very young, 25 years old.
Peaches Geldof was a LA favorite and often went to the clubs, restaurants and sometimes even came out to support our lovely LAFW. Sadly, she will not be gracing us with her presence anymore.
The night before Peaches died she posted a picture of her mother on her instagram. Her mother died of a drug overdose at 41, so this may have been a clue towards Peaches Geldof’s death. Peaches had past issues with drug abuse, namely heroin, so the question of an overdose is flooding the tabloids. Although it is death is never pretty, and especially when it involves drugs, we hope there was no foul play involved. Details are still unfolding.
Condolences to the Geldolf family and friends. No matter how you look at it, it’s a shame. Rest well Peaches Geldof, you will be missed.
All photos by Betty Sze of Models.com
Who say’s Punk is dead? Not the NY MET Costume Institute. Recently Anna Wintour, Riccardo Tisci and several others put their best punk foot forward at a gala to display a full array of punk wear. Original Vivienne Westwood/Malcolm McClaren, McQueen, Lagerfeld and Galliano’s outfits are displayed in this diverse look at punk influence.
Punk art & street influence began to show its distasteful head in the mid-1970’s and still has a rough handle on the fashion industry to this day. Ricardo Tisci of Givenchy, Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm Mclaren embraced it around 1976 and never looked back. To this day Westwood’s punk influence is still pretty heavy in her collections. You don’t get to be a well-known designer of 30+ years by playing it safe. And punk, has NEVER been safe.
Checkout the display in New York City from the MET evening of Punk.
All photos by Betty Sze of Models.com – Alexander McQueen, 2008
All photos by Betty Sze of Models.com – Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld 2011
All photos by Betty Sze of Models.com – Commes Des Garcon, 2004
All photos by Betty Sze of Models.com – Dior by John Galliano 2006
All photos by Betty Sze of Models.com – Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, 2007
All photos by Betty Sze of Models.com – left: Vivienne Westwood & Malcolm Mclaren 1976, Right: Rodarte, 2008
All photos by Betty Sze of Models.com – Moschino, 1994
All photos by Betty Sze of Models.com – Versace by Gianni Versace, 1994
All photos by Betty Sze of Models.com – Vivienne Westwood & Malcolm Mclaren 1976
All photos by Betty Sze of Models.com – Vivienne Westwood & Malcolm Mclaren, 1976
All photos by Betty Sze of Models.com – Zandra Rhodes, 1977
Earlier Sage Stallone was found dead in his Hollywood apartment Friday. He was 36.
Sources say it was from a ‘possible’ pill overdose. It is unknown at the moment if that was the cause of death. Sage was the son of Sylvester and his ex-wife Sasha Czack.
Sage is a well-known Actor, Director, Producer and worked as a Screenwriter. According to news sources Sage was planning a wedding to his fiance, working on new projects and was supposedly very happy. So sad.
A rep for Stallone commented;
“Sylvester Stallone is devastated and grief-stricken over the sudden loss of his son Sage Stallone. His compassion and thoughts are with Sage’s mother, Sasha. Sage was a very talented and wonderful young man. His loss will be felt forever.”
Our condolences go out to the Stallone/Czack family. Let’s hope the gossip rags (coughTMZ) give them a little respect and time to grieve.
Nora Ephron you screenwriting genius, you will be missed. Today the Entertainment Industry lost a true gem of a writer, playwright and screenwriter. Nora Ephron died at 71 from Myeloid Leukemia.
Ephron made the most of her life and courageously encouraged her friends and fans to live their lives to the fullest.
Nora was quoted saying;
“You should eat delicious things while you can still eat them, go to wonderful places while you still can … and not have evenings where you say to yourself, ‘What am I doing here? Why am I here? I am bored witless!'” she told Reuters.
Sounds like Nora was not only brilliant but wise as well.
Nora Ephron left us with a legacy of amazing films such as “When Harry Met Sally’, “Michael”, “Sleepless in Seattle”, “Silkwood” and her last film, “Julie and Julia” with Meryl Streep. She also was a playwright.
We send condolences to her friends and family wish her the best where ever she may be.