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Jewelry designer Kenneth Jay Lane dies at age 85

Kenneth Jay Lane at an exhibit for his

Kenneth Jay Lane at an exhibit for his jewelry on April 2, 2009, at Planting Fields Arboretum. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Costume jewelry designer Kenneth Jay Lane, whose creations caught the fancy of high society and the QVC crowd alike, has died in New York. He was 85.

The executive vice president of Lane’s company, Chris Sheppard, said Lane died at his Manhattan home early Thursday or late Wednesday. The cause was not given.

The jet-setting designer counted many boldfaced names among his friends and customers: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Greta Garbo, Nancy Reagan and the princesses Margaret and Diana.

Lane once playfully called himself a “fabulous fake.” The home shopping empire QVC, which brought him broad mainstream appeal, says his “legacy will live on.”

Sheppard said a memorial will be planned for New York Fashion Week in September.

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