Frances Stein, a Fashion Force at Chanel and Elsewhere, Dies at 83

Halston hired her to design his first collections. She worked with Calvin Klein. And she helped make Chanel newly relevant when it was floundering in the 1970s.

Frances Stein, who was a fashion editor, a fashion muse and a designer for Halston and Calvin Klein before helping to revive the house of Chanel, died on June 6 at her apartment in Paris. She was 83.

Her brother, Mark Patiky, confirmed the death but did not specify a cause.

Halston praised her editorial eye. So did Mr. Klein, who also likened her to a young Katharine Hepburn, but who cooled on her when a tabloid writer described his collections as being designed by

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