Elio Fiorucci dies
Elio Fiorucci has died aged 80.
The Italian fashion designer passed away in Milan, reports WWD. According to the website, his family tried in vain to reach Elio on Sunday and medical personnel found his body in his flat in the Porta Venezia neighbourhood a day later.
Tributes have been flooding in for the fashion star, who opened his first shop in 1967.
“Elio Fiorucci has been one of those incredible people who marked the story of Milan, interpreting its rebel, curious spirit. He was always ready to take some risks to really understand his time,” fellow Italian designer Giorgio Armani told WWD. “He was a revolutionary and I always appreciated his taste, which was so far from mine, which was so pop and vivacious, the taste of a man who never stopped believing in his dreams. I always thought he believed in fairy tales and that he was so good at telling them to be able to convince people they were real.”
There has also been an outpouring of love for Elio on social media. Entourage's Debi Mazar remembered the designer fondly after working in one of his stores.
"R.I.P #ElioFiorucci I worked at Fiorucci in 1980 on 59th st/NYC My 1st retail job.Never took home a paycheck,as I was consumed with getting jeans and accessories! My coworkers [email protected] and @lindaramone @instamaripol He was brilliant.Condolences to his family&friends #MadeinItaly (sic)," she wrote on Instagram.
Elio was famous for bringing the style of swinging London to Milan and for creating the stretch jeans, revolutionising the denim market.