Goodbye Karyn

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“There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains.”—Hoda Kotb     

One of things I will always remember about Karyn Collins is her beautiful smile accompanied by her raucous laughter. Never one to rest on her many laurels, Karyn Collins continuously primed her craft, always striving for excellence. She required that of herself, and she also required that of the many journalism students she taught at Rutgers, Seton Hall, Bloomfield University, and other New Jersey universities.

It is with a heavy and sad heart that Fashion Reverie acknowledges the homegoing of someone so full of energy, creativity, professionalism, and kindness. Karyn Collins death has been a complete shock to Fashion Reverie’s staff.

Karyn Dawn Collins started writing for in 2013. We sealed her employment with a contract and a handshake.

Karyn Collins at NYFW in 2005. Image courtesy of

While employed at as our editor-at-large, Karyn penned several important articles for the site. From her article about rising artist talent Kehinde Wiley to covering Ebony Fashion Fair’s 50th Anniversary to her New York Fashion Week reviews, and articles and interviews with ABT principal dancer Misty Copeland, every article was written with attention to detail, great wit, and passion. In fact, it was Karyn that introduced to Misty Copeland’s publicist, cementing an on-going relationship.

Of all the many gifts that Karyn Collins brought to Fashion Reverie, perhaps, the gift that shined the brightest was her professionalism. Her submissions always came in on time, needed very little editing, and helped usher Fashion Reverie into that rarefied editorial world of tight, nuanced, well-researched journalism.

Though Karyn had not written for Fashion Reverie for about four years due to her teaching responsibilities, she informed me that when time permitted, she would return. Unfortunately, that never happened. Karyn Dawn Collins died from a short fight with cancer on October 28, 2020.

Our good intentions and condolences go out to her friends and family.  You are missed and can never, ever be replaced. Karyn was 56 years old.

—William S. Gooch

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