On Monday evening, we’ve lost a legendary and glamorous designer. Oscar De La Renta passes on at the age of 82 after a long battle with cancer. The ultimate gentleman, who as a designer, never follows trends, yet he always knows what women want to wear and how they want to feel when they wear his clothes.
Every celebrity has worn his gowns, from Sarah Jessica Parker to Jennifer Lawrence and even to his last hurrah, Amal Alamuddin (now, Mrs. George Clooney). Every woman wearing his dresses or gowns will have every eye on them. He was always all about the glamour!!!!!
Oscar De La Renta was born in the Dominican Republic in 1932. At age 18 he moved to Spain to study painting at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid. It was there, along with other flamenco dancers that the crucial and life changing friendship with the iconic designer, Cristobal Balenciaga for whom he began doing sketches for.
Oscar honed his craft at Lanvin in Paris, before making the move to New York in the early 1960’s to set up his label with the help of another fashion legend, Diana Vreeland, who was the Editor in Chief at Vogue Magazine at that time. From the start, he didn’t follow trends. It was always about serving up the glamour, especially for the Upper East Side/Upper West Side ladies who lunch.
By the 1990’s his label went stratospheric when Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) wore his pieces on her show “Sex And The City”. Oscar was always about the New York Woman, even though he dressed the world.
De La Renta also took on an ousted John Galliano, and help put him back on track. Galliano is now the Creative Director for Maison Martin Margiela.
Oscar was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. It was a shock to those that were closest to him, but he continued to have a hand in his company. he spent a lot of time in his Connecticut home, enjoying his garden, having dinner with friends (The Kissingers, Diane Von Furstenberg).
He leaves behind his amazing wife and his adopted son, Moises as well as scores of fashionistas, models, actresses, and women of the world who were all a part of his amazing artistry.
Oscar, you have and you will always be a MASTER!!!! You are the designer’s designer. You inspire all that manages to get into your orbit, either by the shop floor, your runway shows and even your well dressed celebrities. May you continue to showcase all of your glamour in heaven!!!!
Stay fashionable and sexy!!!!!