Oscar de la Renta: Legendary Fashion Desginer Dies
Legendary fashion designer and Dominican Republic native Oscar de la Renta died October 20. de la Renta was 82.
de la Renta will widely be remembered for doing what many men fail to do, which would be making women feel beautiful. de la Renta’s designs are coveted items and were worn by a number of iconic figures including: Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan,Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and fashion maven Sarah Jessica Parker.
When the topic of de la Renta’s “legacy” is brought up many will instantly think of his gowns, however to think of his gowns and leave out the character of the man would be a true disservice to de la Renta’s name. de la Renta was all at once kind, generous, passionate, and humble. He unrivaled talent and gentleman like qualities carried him to the pinnacle of success. Once during an interview when asked about his legacy de la Renta simply replied:
“It’s never been heavy. Somebody might ask, What is Oscar de la Renta?And you could say, it’s a pretty dress.”
Like many de la Renta found his dreams in opposition with those of his family. de la Renta told viewers on “Fashion Talks”:
“My father had different aspirations for me than I had for myself. If I ever told my father I would become a fashion designer, he would drop dead on the spot.”
Not being discouraged by his families opposing aspirations for him, de la Renta kept it Lite and followed his heart.
Hearing of his passing de la Rentas long time friend Anna Wintour, Editor-in-chief of American Vogue, paid tribute to her dear friend on Vogue.com.
“There is much being said that his passing yesterday marks the end of an era. Not true. He was the most democratic man I knew and he would have lived happily and defined any era. He was happy dining with the rich and famous, for sure, but equally happy playing dominoes with his devoted staff. His designs reflected his extraordinary personality: optimistic, fun, sunny, romantic… Dinners in Paris when he was designing for Balmain would start with the two of us and end up twenty or more. He would ask the concierge to dinner rather than dine alone.”
de la Renta was greatly loved and widely admired. Like all innovators he demonstrated what LivingLifeLite could allow you to achieve. The world owes him a thank you, and all who wish to be like de la Renta should not simply look at his gowns but also examine his character, which couldn’t be manufactured, designed, or sewn.