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Remembering Dr. Fredric Brandt
Jane Larkworthy and Dr. Fredric Brandt. Courtesy of Jane Larkworthy.

Remembering Dr. Fredric Brandt

W’s beauty director reminisces about the late dermatologist.

The beauty world lost one of its favorites on Sunday. New York-based dermatologist Fredric Brandt was renowned for his precise hand as well as his inside-track intel on all the latest procedures. At the first rumblings of any new filler or laser entering the FDA approval pipeline, Dr. Brandt was our first call.

A lot has been said of his sweet character, but he was also extremely funny. Being seated next to him at a business dinner was a treat; watching him explain the science of a product from his eponymous line via a rap song was so entertaining; listening to him pull out the most obscure showtunes (a passion we shared) always had me in giggles.

The last time I saw him was at a September launch event for his newest products. I was on day 9 of my #30DaysOf Vintage Instagram challenge and I asked Dr. Brandt if he’d pose with me. “Sure!” he replied, and gamely ran outside for the shot, slipping on his white Max Headroom-like sunglasses. That spirited enthusiasm, selfless generosity and huge heart will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

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