Kate Spade biography in the works - report

Kate Spade

Fashion critic Vanessa Friedman is reportedly penning a biography of the late designer Kate Spade.

The 55-year-old committed suicide in June 2018, after suffering from depression and anxiety for years.

According to the New York Post's Page Six column, the biography will mark the first solo book by Friedman, the New York Times' fashion director and chief fashion critic, following her contributions to several fashion books, including one about designer Emilio Pucci.

Spade's widower Andy Spade reportedly has a good relationship with Friedman and is aware of the project and anxious about it.

Two days after his estranged wife's death, Andy, the brother of actor David Spade, issued a lengthy statement to Friedman paying tribute to his "best friend for 35 years".

"My daughter and I are devastated by her loss, and can't even begin to fathom life without her," he continued. "We are deeply heartbroken and miss her already."

Andy also revealed Kate had been a longtime depression sufferer but had been "actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease".

"There was no indication and no warning that she would do this," he added. "It was a complete shock. And it clearly wasn't her. There were personal demons she was battling."

Freidman paid her own tribute to her friend when news broke of the designer's death, and said she "solved the problem" of how to dress women "without elitism."

"She represented not just a terrific talent who built an idea about handbags into what became a billion dollar brand, but a critical figure in the continuum of women who have defined fashion in the United States," Freidman wrote.

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