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Farewell to Design Sphinx


Amongst the parties and the pizazz of Haute Couture Fashion Week, over 250 members of the art, design, and fashion family bid adieu to Andrée Putman in the heart of Paris, Wednesday, at the Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Près. The Grande Dame of interior design passed away peacefully at age 87. “What Coco Chanel was to fashion, Andrée Putman was to design,” said Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. Among the mourners, Christian Louboutin, Farida Khelfa, Didier and Sylvie Grumbach, Dominique Issermann, Arielle Dombasle and Bernard-Henri Lévy were on hand to celebrate the life of the designer who was known to frequent Pablo Picasso, Simone de Beauvoir, Georges Perec, and Alberto Giacometti. Putman’s signature style was monochrome luxury and an elegant and simplified aesthetic. Among others, Putman designed the interiors of the homes and boutiques of Karl Lagerfeld, she also designed for Yves Saint Laurent, Thierry Mugler, and Morgans Hotel. Never boring, her designs always left an impression.

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