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Fashion icon Nan Kempner's lavish life did catch up with her in the end. Ailed with emphysema, she was an extremely frail and sick lady when she died. Her dignity and upbeat manner remained . "My dear," she once said in an interview with Vanity Fair, "Wait till you discover the wheelchair. You go to the front of every single line. They push you right through… I tell you, it's First Class Plus."

I have just read an obituary on Nan Kempner, the adored and adorned New York socialite. July marks 6 years since she died of emphysema a.


Yves Saint Laurent talking with Nan Kempner wearing YSL and a Fernando Sanchez red chincihilla baseball jacket

The “It Girls” of Every Decade Photos | Vanity FairNan Kempner (1930-2005) “It girl” reign: 1960s–1980s “The best part of a party is getting dressed to go,” was Nan Kempner’s motto. The San Francisco–born New York City socialite and self-proclaimed clotheshorse, was a huge fan of Yves Saint Laurent, attending at least 62 of his runway shows in her lifetime. Her most famous Saint Laurent moment, however, happened while wearing a le smoking tuxedo to La Côte Basque. When the maître d told her…

The “It Girls” of Every Decade

The great flawless style of New York socialite NAN KEMPNER in Saint Laurent outfit, photo by Richard Avedon, 1974

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For 40 years, legendary clotheshorse Nan Kempner never missed a couture season. Which is why her closet was filled with 362 sweaters, 354 pe.

1973 CHANEL No. 5 Perfume Ad "Catherine Deneuve"Born that year.....

1973 CHANEL No. 5 Perfume Ad

An original 1973 advertisement for Chanel No. Featuring Catherine Deneuve in a full size color photo print. Chanel No. 5 perfume advertisement - An original, not a reproduction -Measu

13 Style Lessons We Learned From Nan Kempner

13 Style Lessons We Learned From Nan Kempner

As Diana Vreeland once said "There are no chic women in America. The one exception is Nan Kempner." We look back a the NYC socialite known for her tremendous charity efforts and dazzling style for a quick fashion lesson in classic elegance.