Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani, who championed Italian fashion in the magazine she ran for 28 years, has died at the age of 66.
Thursday's online version of Vogue Italia remembered Sozzani with a simple red heart next to her name. The Italian news agency ANSA said she died after a long illness.
After turns at Vogue Bambini, the Italian version of Glamour and a corresponding men's magazine, Sozzani became editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia in 1988.
Franca Sozzani was always so nice and sincere. You will be deeply missed. pic.twitter.com/B2Y7OM1uEy— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) December 22, 2016
rest peacefully Franca Sozzani. ❤️— Kendall (@KendallJenner) December 22, 2016
SHARING YOUR LIFE AND LIGHT WITH OTHERS IS THE MOST PROFOUND LEGACY YOU CAN LEAVE. RIP MY DARLING FRANCA SOZZANI pic.twitter.com/JJP1NECmYl— JEREMY SCOTT (@ITSJEREMYSCOTT) December 22, 2016
She was easy to spot in the fashion crowd with her wavy blonde locks and bright smile. She also had a big social media presence, running a blog on Vogue Italy's website as well as an active Twitter feed that went silent in June.