The Fashion Industry Loses A Legend In ‘Elle’ Editor Nicole Crassat

Nicole Crassat, the former fashion editor at French Elle, died Saturday in Paris. She was 78. “For her, fashion only existed if it made women happy,” said Jean-Jacques Picart, a Paris-based industry consultant, describing Crassat’s Elle covers and shoots as consistently joyful and light. “She hated when fashion was too serious, or too sexy.”

Attributed for helping the careers of Jean Paul Gaultier and Azzedine Alaïa she also mentored stylist Carine Roitfeld when she was a writer and stylist at French Elle. “She was a fantastic fashion editor. All of the French brands owe her so much,” Picart said. Though not as well known a presence as Anna Wintour, Nicole quietly made a huge impact on the fashion industry.  Crassat spent most of her career at that magazine, but enjoyed a notable stint as editor-at-large of American Elle in the 90s, according to Styleite.“Nobody ever realized how big she was in the fashion world,” said Gilles Bensimon. “She never had the attention of some of the other editors but she was bigger than them in other ways. She was incredibly good looking and charming and had a passion for what she did. But she never tried to take the credit. I hope the CFDA will give her some kind of award. It’s not something she would have ever cared about, but I think it would be really nice.”

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