The Fashion Industry Remembers Aretha Franklin

by Aria Darcella
Atretha Franklin

In the wake of legendary Soul singer Aretha Franklin’s death Thursday morning, fans and friends in the fashion industry have taken to social media to express their condolences. 

1. Marc Jacobs

2. Naomi Campbell

3. Nicki Minaj

R.I.P. To the one & only. QUEEN. ARETHA. 🙏🏾

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4. Edward Enninful

Heartbroken 💔🙏🏿 #arethafranklin

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5. Elaine Welteroth

6. Vogue

In memory of Aretha Franklin, 1942–2018. Photographed by Wayne Maser, Vogue, March 1988.

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7. Derek Blasberg

In 2015, my friends Bee and Sarah were producers on the Seth Meyers show. When I heard Aretha Franklin was coming on I did something I’d never done before: I threatened their lives if they didn’t let me come watch from backstage. Why? RESPECT. That night I tucked into a green room at NBC studios and waited for the Queen to arrive. Even though it was super hot and muggy — turning off the A/C was one of her longtime performance requirements — she arrived in a fur coat that she took off only two seconds before she went on stage and sang a reworked version of “I Will Survive.” I nearly died. Curiously, Aretha had a sparkly purse with her at all times, which she insisted on always having in her eye line — even when she performed. (It was placed on Seth’s desk while cameras rolled.) Someone told me it contained $10,000 in cash, “just in case.” After the show she hung around and was every bit as regal as I’d hoped — I even met the full-time purse holder. (That’s his shoulder behind me in this pic.) As I read all these touching memorials today, I keep thinking of the fur coat and the pocketbook of cash: The Memphis-born daughter of a preacher who became the undisputed Queen of Soul around the world. I say a little prayer for you, too.

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8. Sophie Theallet

9. Ken Downing

10. Cindi Leive

11. The Herb Ritts Foundation

12. Karla Welch

Legends Never Die. Rest in Power, Queen Aretha.

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13. Valentino Garavani

14. Zac Posen

15. The Cut

The greatest. ❤️ #arethafranklin

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16. Michael Gaubert


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17. Cipriana Quann

18. Pamella Roland

19. Rodarte

20. Oscar de la Renta

Today we mourn our chic friend, the Queen of Soul.

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21. Kevin Carrigan

#RIP queen of soul

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Ford Models

22. Karen Elson

23. Michelle Obama

24. Behati Prinsloo

25. Tyra Banks

26. Eugenia Kim

27. Rag & Bone

#arethafranklin a true original

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28. Peter Dundas

29. Laura Brown

30. Charlotte Ronson

👑 #regram @ltabachb

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