Ed Filipowski Passes Away
Ed Filipowski has passed away at the age of 58. The fashion public relations chairman served the industry since the ’80s and became the Co-Chairman of KCD Worldwide with Julie Mannion. He worked with designers such as Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy and many more. Under his leadership, KCD saw profound changes throughout the industry. These included the introduction of entertainment and technology divisions and a digital division.
“Anyone who ever had the privilege of working with Ed knew he was far more than a particularly brilliant public relations executive,” explained Anna Wintour. “Thanks to his terrific sense of loyalty, he was always able to make kindness and respect central to every single thing he did. Ed became godfather to so many designers over the years, from the great and the good to those who were just starting out—he did so much for our fashion funders—and he treated each and every one of them the same way; totally supportive and unflinchingly honest. I think of the way he stood by John [Galliano] giving him the very best advice and being a steadfast presence in life. But then Ed was always the first to pick up the phone and ask what he could do to help. And help he always did. For someone who preferred to be behind the scenes, he was at the center of absolutely everything.”