“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.” – Oscar de la Renta
And, oh, what wonderful things this man has done. Even when I was very young, I recognized the beauty of de la Renta’s creations. In fact, he was one of the primary reasons I began to feel passionate about the fashion industry. He embodied the fact that fashion isn’t mere frivolity, but a true art form that deserves as much respect as any Matisse. He understood what no other designer – especially male – could perfectly grasp: the way a woman’s body is shaped, what will make her feel most beautiful, and most important of all, what will inspire her to take on any room with power, passion, and wit. I always dreamed of somehow, some day, having de la Renta design a custom gown for the most exquisite evening of my life. My wedding? My promotion to a dream job? A foray around the streets of Florence? It wouldn’t have mattered; if I was wearing Oscar de la Renta, the night could only be extraordinary.
With this genius’s death also dies that dream, but I’m not upset. I have some wonderfully stunning works of art to look back on:
Rest in peace, Oscar.
(Featured image courtesy of Architectural Digest)