Celebrities took to Twitter to mourn the passing of fashion designer Kate Spade, who was discovered Tuesday in her New York City apartment dead of an apparent hanging at age 55.
Viola Davis shared that even her no-nonsense style sense embraced Kate Spade's aesthetic. "As 'unfussy' as I am, I still loved my Kate Spade bags," wrote the star, sharing prayers for Spade's family.
Spade's namesake brand, which she walked away from in 2007, tweeted "We honor all the beauty she brought into this world."
Olivia Munn shared a memory of her very first Kate Spade purse, which she "treasured."
"My very first designer purse was a black, shoulder strap Kate Spade," she wrote. "I treasured it and was obsessed with keeping the little white Kate Spade label clean. It’s funny how a purse can instantly make you feel like an adult. Rest in love."
Designer Cynthia Rowley shared a photo from "happier times" when the two fashion friends posed bump to bump.
In a Twitter tribute, Lena Dunham praised Spade as "more than a designer."
"She had a quirky visual language that captivated Bat Mitzvah girls and artists alike. She was also a staple of NYC who spread good will," posted Dunham. "My heart breaks for her family. Thank you, Kate, from one of the millions you made feel beautiful."
Mindy Kaling lauded the designer's duds. "They were colorful, bold, cheerful, and encouraged women to find the twinkly person inside them," she wrote. "You couldn't walk into her boutiques and not smile."
Reese Witherspoon complimented the "wonderful, talented woman who will be dearly missed."
Actress Kat Dennings reflected on being a part of a Kate Spade campaign: "I was so excited to be a part of her brand."
Dennings' Two Broke Girls co-star Beth Behrs was also a fan and fondly recalled how her first Kate Spade purse was her "most prized possession."
"My current wallet ,covered in bees , makes me smile every time I see it- it's by Kate Spade," she tweeted.
Rosie O'Donnell sent "all my love" to Spade's brother-in-law, actor David Spade. The fashion icon married, David's brother Andy in 1994.
Spade's fellow designer Kenneth Cole called her "inspiring."
Kristin Davis, whose Sex and the City character name-dropped the designer in a 2000 episode, shared "I've worn Kate Spade for as long as i can remember, I'm thinking of her family."
Ivanka Trump, moved by Spade's "tragic" death, issued a message to those battling depression and thoughts of suicide: "please, please seek help."
Among the designer’s fans are two other first daughters, Chelsea Clinton and Jenna Bush Hager, who both acquired their first Kate Spade bags while in college.
"I still have it," Clinton wrote. "Holding Kate's family, friends and loved ones in my heart."
Bush Hager also tweeted, calling Spade a "trailblazer."
Bette Midler's heart went out to those that Spade touched. "My deepest sympathy to her family and friends, and her many fans around the world, who loved the wonderful illusions she created," she shared.
Today co-host Savannah Guthrie complimented Spade's "beautiful and whimsical fashions."
Guthrie's Today cohort Hoda Kotb dubbed Spade "a true trendsetter."
Soledad O'Brien, a former anchor for NBC and CNN who now hosts the cable show Matter of Fact and is involved with scholarship programs, revealed that "Kate Spade and Co. donated handbags to our scholars, so they'd show up at their internships looking great and feeling great."
Maria Shriver issued a call for followers to "Be kind to people today, even those you think have it all."
Talinda Bennington, whose husband Chester Bennington died by suicide last July, offered her support to Spade's family and friends.
"We are here if you need," she wrote. "God Bless."
Big Sick actress Zoe Kazan marveled at the business woman's acumen. "I found her brilliance, passion & intelligence inspiring."
Singer Josh Groban extended his love to Spade's relatives and shared the number to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Angie Harmon remarked "(Spade) was bright & colorful like her designs!"
Actress Lucy Hale tweeted her hopes Spade "has found peace."
Jeannie Mai, co-host of The Real talk show wrote, "Kate Spade taught me about how colorful life can be. She was an inspiration to so many, and she will be missed so greatly."
Shameless (and formerly Roseanne) actress Emma Kenny thanked Spade for her "timeless work and empowering so many."
Entrepreneur and castmember of The Real Housewives of New York, Bethenny Frankel offered her sympathies to Spade. "Poor @katespadeny to be in so much pain" she tweeted. "Success doesn't make you happy. True love & peace does."
Frankel's RHONY co-star Ramona Singer called Spade "an iconic woman."
Singer-actress Alyson Stoner shared a poignant reminder: "You never know what someone is going through."
"The (Council of Fashion Designers of America) is devastated to hear the news of our friend, colleague, and CFDA member Kate Spade's tragic passing," Steven Kolb, the organization's president and CEO, said in a statement, along with designer Diane von Furstenberg.
The news of Spade's death hit the morning after the group's annual awards ceremony, often referred to as the Oscars of fashion. (Spade was a two-time winner.)
PETA President Ingrid Newkirk commended Spade on her designs in a statement issued to USA TODAY.
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