Even amid a galaxy of stars on the world’s most glamorous red carpets, Jeffrey Slonim shone brightly.
Ivy League-educated and impeccably gracious, the esteemed journalist – who worked for PEOPLE, Allure, Architectural Digest and others – was always the best-dressed man on the carpet, never without a blazer and tie or a perfectly tailored tuxedo. A-listers who rarely pause for interviews would make sure to stop for Jeffrey, who died last week at age 56, leaving behind his wife, Fiona, and their two sons, Declan and Finbarr.
From Sarah Jessica Parker, who often stopped for a chat, to Anne Hathaway, who was known to give him a kiss on the cheek, Hollywood’s biggest stars valued his smarts and sophistication. A friend of Oscar winner Julianne Moore’s (they went to high school together in Virginia, and she was his homecoming date), the Yale grad worked for Andy Warhol at Interview when he first moved to New York and could segue from architecture to painting to parenting with natural ease.
His signature flair and kindness to other reporters – he often gave advice and made introductions for those starting out – elevated the red carpet, a place known for barely controlled chaos, shouted questions and an elbow or two.
It was a privilege to work with him. If Jeffrey couldn’t get a quote, then we knew nobody could.
Quite simply, he was the gold standard.