American fashion designer Charles Nolan passed away on Sunday at the age of 53 after a long battle with cancer. Nolan graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology and apprenticed for Bill Blass and Christian Dior before designing for Ellen Tracy; he later moved to Anne Klein to revive that label with a more modern edge. He retired, temporarily, from the fashion world in 2003 to campaign for former Democratic Vermont Governor Howard Dean. When he returned to fashion he opened his own label, now encapsulated at his eponymous shop on Gansevoort Street. He was passionate about politics and art, which is how the Duchess is certain many of us would like to be remembered.
Charles Nolan (far left) with his partner Andrew Tobias (second from left)