Our hearts are saddened to lose an artist, visionary, and fabulous creator. This week we pay homage to Oscar de la Renta. Nikki and Madiha have always been huges fan of Oscar. News of his illness and passing came as a shock to them as it must have to many others. They especially admired his classic and elegant gowns on the runway, his ready-to-wear lines, and of course his bridal collections. His work was seen countless times on the red carpet and in films, and has been an inspiration to fashion enthusiasts since he began his work in the 1960s. We hope you’ll enjoy this quick capture of his work and famous quotes throughout the decades…
“I’ve lived every day to the fullest, and I’ve had a marvelous time. I’ve tried to be nice to the people I care about, and ignore the ones I don’t. I enjoy what I’ve done.”
A Fashion Legend
While de la Renta expanded his lines and took them in a new direction in the 1990s, his pieces remained feminine and flattering. By the late ’90s and early 2000s, his work became the preferred wear of American first ladies. He dressed first lady Nancy Reagan in the 1980s, and then provided the gowns for inaugural events for both Hillary Clinton in 1997 and Laura Bush in 2005.
Besides his passion for haute couture, de la Renta has been a tireless patron of the arts. At one time or another, he has served on the boards of The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and Channel Thirteen/WNET. He also supports several cultural institutions, including New Yorkers for Children, the Americas Society and the Spanish Institute.
In 2002, de la Renta added his name to a whole new business venture: furniture. His 100 pieces for Century Furniture featured dining tables, upholstered chairs and couches. In 2004, despite the risk of lessening the value of his brand as a whole, he added a less expensive line of clothing called O Oscar. He said he wanted to attract new customers whom he could not reach before.
De la Renta had been diagnosed with cancer during the first decade of the 2000s. He died on October 20, 2014 at the age of 82 in Kent, Connecticut.
“Walk like you have three men walking behind you.”
“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.”
“I design clothes for women to wear. I am not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes.”
“The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness.”
“Fashion is about the present and the immediate future. I think in terms of now.”
Photos from Vogue
And of course, the wedding dresses…
Eliza Reed 1998
“Being well dressed hasn’t much to do with having good clothes. It’s a question of good balance and good common sense.”
Sex in the City Movie 2008
Huma Abedin 2010
Amal Clooney 2014
“Any girl from any walk of life dreams of that special dress, and I try to make that dream a reality for her.”
We hope you’ll remember with us the inspiration and fashion genius of Oscar de la Renta.
Have an Exquisite and Fashion-filled day, and we’ll see you next Wednesday!