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John B. Fairchild dies at 87; transformed Women's Wear Daily
John B. Fairchild dies at 87; transformed Women's Wear Daily

John B. Fairchild, who took Women's Wear Daily from dry fashion trade publication to an international industry force, died Friday at his Manhattan, N.Y., home after a long illness, the magazine said. He was 87. Fairchild headed his family's publishing business, Fairchild Publications Inc., for more than 30 years, including a long stint as the tyrannical editor in chief of WWD and founding chief of W magazine. The outspoken Fairchild started at Women's Wear in 1960, summoned from his reporter job in Paris by his father, Louis W. Fairchild, who headed the company at the time. The son was credited with not only transforming WWD but also the fashion industry itself, bringing...

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