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Farewell Oscar de la Renta

Posted on 20 October 2014

2014 Oscar de la Renta Bridal
2014 Oscar de la Renta Bridal

 

"I am a happy fellow. I feel very privileged, lucky, that I have had a wonderful life and that I have been always allowed to do what I love."  Oscar de la Renta

 

Audrey Hepburn and Oscar de la Renta
Audrey Hepburn and Oscar de la Renta

 

The fashion world lost one of the last of the true original greats today.  Oscar de la Renta has left us and the world will be just a little dimmer.  I wrote a blog post about him in May, and at the time, he seemed immortal. I have many of his vintage pieces and every year he stayed current without compromising wearable style. He will be remembered as a designer who made women feel beautiful, something many of today's designers forget about while trying to make their own name memorable and define their "look."  He left a mark on this planet - a really beautiful one at that. If you don't believe me I think that the images of his work and quotes from the designer himself, speak for themselves.

 

Oscar de la Renta for Balmain Vogue October 1997 Peter Lindbergh
Oscar de la Renta for Balmain Vogue October 1997 Peter Lindbergh

 

"Fashion is illusion." Oscar de la Renta

 

1998 Hilary Clinton in Oscar de la Renta - the first of the first ladies to be on the cover of Vogue magazine
1998 Hilary Clinton in Oscar de la Renta - the first of the first ladies to be on the cover of Vogue magazine

 

"Fashion is non political and non partisan." Oscar de la Renta

 

Kirsten Dunst 2006 Vogue Oscar de la Renta
Kirsten Dunst 2006 Vogue Oscar de la Renta

 

"For a woman to feel fabulous today is first of all, to have an accomplished life and feel great about herself." Oscar de la Renta

 

Vogue 2007 - Penelope Cruz in Oscar de la Renta red dress
Vogue 2007 - Penelope Cruz in Oscar de la Renta red dress

"I like brunettes. Ava Gardner was the most beautiful person I ever met." Oscar de la Renta

 

Jessica Biel February 2010
Jessica Biel February 2010

 

"Never in the history of time has their been a woman in control of her destiny as she is today." Oscar de la Renta

 

Kate Moss in Oscar de la Renta Vogue 2011 photograph by Annie Leibovitz 
Kate Moss in Oscar de la Renta Vogue 2011 photograph by Annie Leibovitz

 

"My role as a designer is to make a woman feel her very best and the most feminine." Oscar de la Renta

 

Models in Oscar de la Renta Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, September 2012
Models in Oscar de la Renta Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, September 2012

 

"What is important to a woman is her own sense of individuality." Oscar de la Renta

 

Beyonce in a red Oscar de la Renta dress March 2013 Vogue
Beyonce in a red Oscar de la Renta dress March 2013 Vogue

 

"Today, a woman knows, that today, even in her workplace, the power of her femininity is important." Oscar de la Renta

 

Grace Mahary, Imaan Hammam and Cindy Bruna in Oscar de la Renta Vogue March 2014
Grace Mahary, Imaan Hammam and Cindy Bruna in Oscar de la Renta Vogue March 2014

 

"To be a good designer you have to keep your eyes open and understand the woman you are dressing." Oscar de la RentaOscar de la Renta Resort 2015
Oscar de la Renta Resort 2015

 

"The woman I dress today, feels proud, feels great about being a woman." Oscar de la Renta

 

Amal Alamuddin in her custom made Oscar de la Renta wedding gown 2015
Amal Alamuddin in her custom made Oscar de la Renta wedding gown 2015

 

"I think there are different types of designers.  There are survivors, like me, and then there are designers who so strongly marked a period of fashion that they could never get out of it.  And I think that in fashion, the most important thing is to move on."

RIP to a true Prince of the fashion world - I hope he has moved on to a beautiful place - odds are, he will find a way to make it even more so.

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