French fashion guru TED LAPIDUS has died at a hospital in Cannes.
The style king was 79 when he passed away on Monday (29Dec08).
Paying tribute to Lapidus, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, has said the designer "democratised French elegance and classicism" and "made fashion accessible to men and women in the street."
Lapidus, the son of a Paris tailor, was a member of the prestigious Paris fashion club La Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.