“Elegance is a discipline of life”


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Love flowed in today in the millions as supermodels, designers, magazines, bloggers and fashion lovers all expressed their sincere love for Oscar de la Renta. Reportedly passing away on Monday, leaving behind his wife Annette de la Renta and adopted son Moises, the designer had been battling cancer and sadly at the age of 82 he lost his battle. The Dominican born designer Oscar de la Renta was destined to become one of the greatest ever since his start in fashion with an approach to design that was truly magical. He grew his design skills under the chic instruction of Cristóbal Balenciaga and Antonio del Castillo when he lived in spain. From there he went on to work for the prestigious parisian design house Lanvin.


Oscar de la Renta Fall Winter 2013 campaign

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Oscar loved a strong minded women and that is what each of his designs embodied, a sense of elegance that was and will always be truly unique to the designer. As he expressed in an interview with Vivian Chen “We have to celebrate all that women have achieved in such a short period of time. This is the most exciting time to be dressing a woman. Never before has a woman been so in control of her destiny. My inspiration is always the anonymous woman on the street, the woman with a busy, full life. I think about her needs and what she will want to wear. My role as a designer has always been to design clothes that address a woman’s life and make her feel beautiful – that is what continues to inspire me creatively…” (See more on SCHMP) One of the most pinnacle moments in his career was dressing Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, during the 1960s Oscar De La Renta translated the beauty of Mrs Kennedy which each design he gave to her. Along with a long list of incredible starlets such as Audrey Hepburn to royal beauty Princess Diana.


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Oscar de la Renta by the side of Audrey Hepburn

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Launching his label in 1965 Oscar de la Renta has been non-stop ever since he became one of the central parts of the foundations of the fashion world we have today. From his breathtaking moments on the runway and red carpets to Sex & The City’s Carrie Bradshaw’s (and Sarah Jessica Parker) obsession for the designer, he has left behind a legacy that will live on and on in the hearts of many. Who could forget the beginning of the beautiful friendship between the actress Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie) and her spectacular dresses for Sex & The City. Not to mention the outfit she wore on the red carpet to the emmys in 2004 for Sexy & The City award, a pink feathered Oscar piece. And we are forever grateful for her most major Oscar De La Renta moment at the Met Gala with a custom piece that turned heads. We also have to thank him for his most recent creation, a bespoke wedding gown for George Clooney’s now wife Amal Alamuddin.


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Amal Alamuddin in a wedding dress fitting with Oscar de la Renta

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The fashion world thanks Oscar de la Renta for his beautiful creations and his kind heart. With Nina Ricci designer Peter Copping taking over as creative director at the label, the Oscar de la Renta legacy will live on and continue spreading the joy of the creative genius. Rest in peace to one of fashion’s greatest.

Words By Fashion Writer: Aicha Robertson
Editor: Florence Bailey