May 13, 2021

Friends, Fashion Executives Remember Jody Donohue

Friends, former clients and colleagues gathered Thursday afternoon to pay tribute to publicist Jody Donohue.
Donohue, who died on April 20, was best known by many seasoned fashion executives for her alliances with such fashion names as Jacqueline de Ribes, Ferragamo, Givenchy, Krizia, Céline, Yohji Yamamoto and Bob Mackie. As recently as last year, she was helping de Ribes in the lead-up to the Parisian fashion icon’s exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.
Vera Wang, Josie Natori, Patti Cohen, Rebecca Moses, Ellin Saltzman, Helen O’Hagan, Harold Koda, Jeffrey Banks, Stan Herman and Ed Filipowski turned up at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel. Also in attendance were former WWD editor in chief Edward Nardoza and former contributing senior executive editor Etta Froio.
Even-keeled when dealing with all sorts of high-strung personalities in the world of fashion in New York, Paris and Milan, Donohue was remembered for being genuine, soft-spoken and truthful by John O’Boyle, Kitty Ockenden and a handful of speakers.
Bob Reeves, associate provost at Southampton Graduate Arts Campus, described Donohue as “a loyal friend, valued counselor and indispensable patron” who helped cultivate the creative arts programs and endowed a poetry award for a MFA student that will continue. Without losing her

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