Barbara Dente, 71, and Donna Cristina, 72, private and skilled companions in Dente & Cristina, the promoting and advertising and marketing company, have been discovered useless collectively in their Miami house.
The trigger and date of their loss of life haven’t been decided pending post-mortem outcomes, in response to Cristina’s nephew, Scott San Emeterio. A public information request was submitted to the Miami Police Division for data Thursday evening.
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The couple have been discovered in their Miami house by a buddy final weekend.
The 2 executives joined forces in 1992 to create Dente & Cristina, an built-in advertising and marketing communications company, representing each American and worldwide luxurious shoppers. They mixed their backgrounds in advertising and marketing, public relations, retailing, editorial and promoting to create the company. Their shoppers included Ralph Rucci, Elie Saab, MaxMara, L’Oréal, Calvin Klein, Escada, Henri Bendel, Ford Fashions and Carolina Herrera, amongst many others. They closed the enterprise round 2006-07.
Cristina grew up in the Astoria part of Queens, N.Y., and graduated from the Trend Institute of Expertise. Dente was born in Brooklyn, moved to Dix Hills, N.Y., at 16 years previous and then moved to Manhattan to attend the Tobe-Coburn College, changing into an intern at Harper’s Bazaar, the place she acquired her first style of styling.
Cristina held govt positions with Bergdorf Goodman, Cristina, Gottfied & Loving and IM Worldwide previous to Cristina & Shafer. She was accountable for producing the primary U.S. exhibits for Yohji Yamamoto, Matsuda and Hugo Boss, and labored with Willi Smith, Adrienne Vittadini, Anne Klein, Donna Karan, Danny Noble and David Cameron.
All through her profession, Dente was referred to as an modern chief in the fields of promoting and trend styling. Within the early Nineteen Nineties, her house design turned a mannequin for the minimalist motion, which was later utilized by Jil Sander and Calvin Klein. As a stylist, Dente was accountable for designing campaigns for Hole, Lancôme and Calvin Klein. She additionally did picture consulting for Revlon, Clinique, Borghese, Henri Bendel, Categorical, Gucci, Bergdorf, Tiffany and Paloma Picasso.
“She was a trend stylist and one of the best in the enterprise,” mentioned Tom Sales space, a detailed buddy of Dente. He mentioned they have been speculated to go on their annual journey to New Orleans subsequent month (and missed the final one as a result of COVID-19). Wanting again, he mentioned, the one indication he may need had that one thing was uncommon was was once they made the reservation, Dente had requested in regards to the cancellation coverage.
Cristina’s nephew, Scott San Emeterio, mentioned that Cristina’s focus was on the enterprise aspect, “however she had a reasonably clear design imaginative and prescient: “She was the epitome of sophistication and class and model with that Manhattan vibe,” he mentioned. He recalled that Dente and Cristina would spend their time in Capri and Mallorca and would often return and forth to Paris. “They lived that trend life-style that everybody reads about,” he mentioned. He mentioned that the 2 have been inseparable. “We’re nonetheless making an attempt to determine it out. It’s a shock to us. There’s a whole lot of confusion and looking for solutions in a sea of questions,” he mentioned. He’s hoping the police will give them some readability.
San Emeterio mentioned there have been no crimson flags so far as their funds. They’d given up their house in New York and relocated to Miami about 5 – 6 years in the past. “They have been the quintessential jetsetters,” he mentioned.
He recalled his aunt at all times dwelling in Manhattan and she would invite him and his sister to town as kids, taking them to Broadway exhibits and FAO Schwartz. “She’d take us to lavish dinners and to the most well liked, trendiest locations,” he mentioned.
Reached for remark Thursday, Thom Priano, a hairdresser, cofounder of R & Co. and good buddy of each girls, mentioned, “They have been two terrific ladies. They don’t know what occurred. We have been buddies. Barbara goes again up to now with me. We used to journey on a regular basis in the ’70s and ’80s. She used to name me her husband. Once we stopped touring, she used to ship me month-to-month reminders to ship her an alimony test.”
He known as Dente “a genius, a real minimalist,” even earlier than it was stylish.
Garren, additionally a hairdresser and cofounder of R & Co., mentioned he was additionally near them. He mentioned that they had been planning to exit for dinner collectively in Miami. “I’ve identified Barbara since 1974 as a result of I had employed her once I was artistic director of Glemby Worldwide. She did all of the styling. I acquired to know her very well for many years, and Thom and I labored together with her up till they gave up the promoting enterprise.” They used to do shoots along with Steven Meisel, he mentioned.
Ralph Rucci, who employed Dente and Cristina to do his publicity, mentioned Dente was the aesthete and Donna was the enterprise aspect. He mentioned about Dente, “She had extraordinary style and she made it occur.”
“We turned shut mates,” he continued. “They have been right here typically for dinner. We laughed a lot through the years. They lived lavishly and luxuriously with humility,” he mentioned.
Eric Boman, a photographer, mentioned he labored with Dente when he would shoot New York Occasions adverts for Bloomingdale’s and she was the stylist. “I preferred her off the bat. She was a unusual individual. She wasn’t your typical trend individual. I labored together with her fairly a bit and we turned good mates.”
Sally Hershberger posted on Instagram, “Nonetheless making an attempt to wrap my head round it. Barbara used to stay subsequent door to me and all of us would have dinner not less than a few nights every week. We had a good time attending to know one another. Then Barbara offered her genius house subsequent door to me and they each moved to Connecticut and I by no means noticed them once more, however, in fact, each time I go by our constructing, I considered our occasions collectively. Might they relaxation in peace.”
Mary Loving labored with Cristina once they have been companions in Cristina, Gottfried and Loving. “[Cristina] was captivated with trend. After we break up up, she began her personal corporations and was very profitable,” Loving mentioned.
Philip Monaghan, a visible artist and branding govt, mentioned, ‘I used to be shocked to be taught of Barbara and Donna’s loss of life and have been making an attempt to make sense of it.”
He mentioned Dente used to do styling when he was at Categorical and he acquired to know Cristina as nicely. When Dente & Cristina began, he introduced them on board for press previews and finally retained them as our PR agency. When he moved to Henri Bendel in 1995 employed them for promoting and artistic. Over time, they shot with such photographers as Patrick Demarchelier, Bruce Weber, Steven Meisel, Arthur Elgort and Barry McKinely.
“Barbara could possibly be counted on to at all times be organized and a professional however she additionally had a wry humorousness. She acquired on so nicely with your complete crew, which was uncommon for somebody of her caliber,” Monaghan mentioned. “Barbara might take advantage of mundane piece of clothes look so luxurious and stunning. She was by no means tough. She simply had beautiful style and made each element matter. She was of that technology that was raised by the very prime editors and she saved that drive to at all times get it proper, instilling that in her assistants.”
Sam Shahid, accomplice in Shahid & Co., agreed. “[Barbara] had beautiful style. Her residences have been simply superb. She was about minimalism. Within the trend world, they have been main gamers, and Barbara was an excellent stylist,” he mentioned.
“Moreover being very trendy and having nice style, they have been very inquisitive about life,” mentioned Axel Rapp, a retired designer and public relations govt who labored with them. After they closed the enterprise, “they’ve been touring like loopy, eating in nice eating places. They’d go to Europe and ebook the eating places from right here,” he mentioned.
Moreover her nephew Scott San Emeterio, Cristina is survived by her sister, Nancy San Emeterio, and niece, Stefanie San Emeterio. Dente is survived by her brother, Albert, and a niece and nephew.
In line with Scott San Emeterio, Dente and Cristina’s final needs have been to be cremated. They need to arrange a celebration of their lives at a later date with mates and household in Manhattan.