Fashion designer Michele Savoia's body was found in the Hudson River yesterday; a friend says the designer slipped and fell into the river in the early hours of Thursday. The friend, Kevin James Dalton, says the 55-year-old designer had been partying before he began climbing the ramp to his boat; it was there that he reportedly slipped. NYPD divers retrieved his body near the boat at the Chelsea Piers; it was clothed in the raccoon coat Savoia had been wearing when last seen. An investigation is under way, but police don't suspect foul play, the New York Daily News reports.
Savoia "could at times be a wild man,” says Dalton. “You never knew what he was going to do." The designer was fascinated by 1930s and 1940s style; he was well-known to others in the vintage-clothing world. Savoia's Broadway design credits include Promises, Promises and Evita with Ricky Martin, the New York Times reports. Robert DeNiro and Mickey Rourke were among his clients, adds the Daily News. (Read more Michele Savoia stories.)