Celebrities React: Franca Sozzani Dead

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Celebrities are reacting to the death of Franca Sozzani. The Vogue Italia editor was 66. See stars’ reactions below.

Sozzani, who died on Thursday following an illness, was a highly-respected journalist and fashion maven, revered by writers, designers and stars. Her reign as the editor in chief of the Italian version of Vogue began in 1988. Coincidentally, that was the same year Anna Wintour was appointed editor of Vogue in the U.S. Now Sozzani, who also ran Conde Nast Italy, is being mourned by her famous fans, and remembered for her contributions to the influential brand.

Among the stars paying tribute on social media is Kanye West, who tweeted, “Franca Sozzani was always so nice and sincere. You will be deeply missed.” Kendall Jenner wrote on Twitter, “rest peacefully Franca Sozzani.” Madonna said on Instagram, “R.I.P. Franca Sozzani!! A trail blazer and a True Rebel! You are loved and adored by so many! We will miss you. Respect and admiration!!”

Jeremy Scott posted a personal photo of himself with Sozzani on Twitter, writing, “SHARING YOUR LIFE AND LIGHT WITH OTHERS IS THE MOST PROFOUND LEGACY YOU CAN LEAVE. RIP MY DARLING FRANCA SOZZANI.” He also wrote a longer tribute on Instagram. Bar Rafaeli shared a photo on both Twitter and Instagram, writing, “More than the icon, she was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. RIP @francasozzani1.” Lenny Kravitz said on Instagram, “I will hold the memories we have together close to my heart. Rest in peace beautiful lady. #RIP @FrancaSozzani1 #ItalianVogue.” Bella Hadid remarked in a post, “RIP beautiful, incredible, talented Franca Sozzani. Speechless.”

“A strong woman that has defined fashion and championed creativeness. A visionary who will truly be missed by everyone. Thank you for the incredible visuals you always delivered,” Joan Smalls said on Instagram. “My deepest condolence to her family and @francescocarrozzini in this hardship. May you find peace is knowing she was a splendor of a mother and role model. #ripfrancasozzani #icon.”

Donatella Versace expressed alongside a candid photo, “Ciao Franca, my dearest friend. You will be in my heart forever.” Zac Posen said, “A great loss to the fashion world. So sad, so sorry. #francasozzani.” Valentino offered, “Dear Franca you will always be in my heart.” In his own lengthy Instagram tribute, Riccardo Tisci wrote, “I am heartbroken about my dear friend @francasozzani1 gone too soon. My heart is with all of your loved ones. Today would have been our usual Christmas dinner, where you would be the most beautiful and funny host.”

He went on, “Your spirit, your kindness, and gentle soul will be missed in this world forever. My dear friend Franca, you were one of my very first supporters and I honor your memory today and everyday to come, you will always stay in my heart, as I am sure you will stay in the one of everyone who really knew you. How lucky they are, to have you in heaven. LOVE YOU @francasozzani1 and MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.”

Back on Twitter, Marc Jacobs said, “RIP #FrancaSozzani Her incredible contribution to fashion will be missed.” In a statement, Giorgio Armani commented, “No one has been able to reinvent reality like Franca Sozzani has, illustrating it regularly in a tasteful and creative manner. She shaped things her own way and that never went unnoticed. I am truly going to miss looking for her in the darkness of the theater.”

Lorde also retweeted New York Times writer Vanessa Friedman, who wrote, “Farewell to Franca Sozzani, a woman who believed fashion could be more. ‘We can’t always be writing about flowers,’ she said.” And on the Vogue website, Wintour wrote a tribute to her friend and colleague, saying in part, “Show by show and season by season, Franca and I found ourselves falling into a friendship that I am so happy and honored to say sustained itself for 30 years.”

Wintour went on, “That’s one thing that Franca taught me about friendship: Sometimes, you really have to earn it.” The two are pictured above at Milan Fashion Week in September.

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