LONDON — Lord Patrick Lichfield had a starring role in Sixties London, with his velvet jackets, tight blue jeans and thick mop of hair. A photographer by trade, he counted David Bailey, Terence Stamp and Britt Ekland among his friends. Better yet, he had a title, an ancestral home in the English countryside and was a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.
Lichfield, who died of a stroke on Friday at age 66, leaves behind a body of work that documents the glamorous face of late 20th-century England, ranging from his ad campaigns for Burberry in the late Sixties to the now iconic shots of Charles and Diana's wedding to portraits of Jerry Hall, Michael Caine and Margaret Thatcher.
Most recently, he shot his self-portrait in the men's bathroom at London's Sketch restaurant. England, however, wasn't his only beat: He was also well-known for his years shooting for the Pirelli calendar.
"He had tremendous charisma and was full of mischief and fun and gossip," said Geordie Greig, editor in chief of Tatler magazine who, 18 months ago, commissioned Lichfield's self-portrait at Sketch. "His very easygoing personality translated into simple, beautiful, uncomplicated photos. He brought a certain ease of glamour to photography."
"He made you look more glamorous, more beautiful, more ethereal," said author Leslie Field, who first met Lichfield in 1964 and later commissioned work from him for the Sunday Times of London and later at Tatler. "His greatest talent was the lighting — and the silver screens he used — which erased all the lines on a woman's face."
Lichfield was the son of Viscount Anson and Princess Anne of Denmark. His mother was the niece of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Lichfield was married to and later divorced from Leonora Lichfield, a daughter of the Duke of Westminster. The couple had three children, all of whom survive Lichfield: Rose, Tom and Eloise Anson.
His books include a 1986 autobiography, "Not The Whole Truth," and the 1981 coffee-table tome "The Most Beautiful Women" (Elm Tree Books) featuring Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Bisset, Penelope Tree and Natalie Wood.
He was famous for his fun-loving nature and his eye for beautiful women. He was good friends with Princess Margaret, and, like her, had a house on the island of Mustique. Later he become a close friend and business partner of Margaret's son, Viscount David Linley.Although Lichfield took his photography seriously, he also found time to be a style icon of his day. Indeed, a chunk of the Burberry Prorsum spring 2006 men's collection is inspired by his style, and features safari and Norfolk jackets and basket-weave shirts.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast