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In Memoriam: Evelyn Lauder

by habituallychic

11 . 14 . 11
Those of you in the worlds of beauty and fashion probably heard the news already.  The world lost a tireless crusader for women’s health and breast cancer awareness in the passing of Evelyn Lauder. She was born in Vienna but fled to New York when the Nazi’s annexed Austria.  She married Leonard Lauder in 1956 after meeting him on a blind date and eventually went to work for his mother’s company, Estee Lauder.  She created the iconic Clinique brand and helped make the pink ribbon the symbol for breast cancer awareness.  Harper’s Bazaar just published a lovely feature on her a few months ago from where these photos of her in her Palm Beach house were taken.  She was clearly a wonderful woman who will be greatly missed. 

Photos by Douglas Friedman

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  1. The Swan November 14, 2011 | 11:46 pm

    A style icon who whispered so that WE all heard. This photo spread joins those bygone images set by Mona Bismarck, Marella Agnelli and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis that TEACH what will endure the hand of time to represent CHIC, ELEGANCE, and BEAUTY all with natural ease. Perhaps each Age of Innocence ducklings who aspire to the Swan will take note that large homes, plastic surgery and look at me couture doesn’t make the grade nor stand the test of time.

  2. Something Gorgeous November 14, 2011 | 11:48 pm

    Oh how sad, such a beautiful women.x

  3. Ann November 15, 2011 | 12:50 am

    That is sad. What a lovely photo shoot to remember her.

  4. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen November 15, 2011 | 1:01 am

    An icon in style and women’s causes. The world will miss her. Thank you for the lovely tribute to Evelyn Lauder.

    P.S. I had to cringe a tiny bit when a male news anchor on one of the big three networks mispronounced Lauder the other night when reporting her death. Oh my.

  5. Barb November 15, 2011 | 1:34 am

    As a three time breast cancer survivor, I thank her deeply for all that she did. I thought of these pictures when I heard of her death. A beautiful memory of a remarkable woman. RIP.

  6. TheChambrayCountess November 15, 2011 | 2:18 am

    I had no idea what a cool lady she was until I read the Bazaar feature. She will be missed by so many. RIP