The fashion world lost another great talent yesterday. Oscar de la Renta passed away last night in his home in Connecticut at the age of 82. De la Renta, who has been working in the fashion industry for 50 years, got his start as the apprentice to Cristobal Balenciaga. In 1961, De la Renta joined the house of Lanvin as a couture assistant. From there, he designed the couture collection for Elizabeth Arden and then in 1965, he launched his namesake line.
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De la Renta’s line has always been known for pieces that are luxurious, gorgeous, and the epitome of elegance and style. His gowns were a staple of red carpets and were worn by the likes of Jackie O to Amy Adams and everyone in between. His most recent high profile dressing came as being the designer who created Amal Clooney‘s beautiful wedding dress for her and George Clooney‘s wedding a couple weeks ago.
His talent was truly unmatched. Every time I watched his latest collection walk down the runways each New York Fashion Week, he made me want to dress up and do something fabulous. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will live on. As Sarah Jessica Parker‘s Carrie Bradshaw once said on Sex and The City, ” ‘Cocktails at Tiffany’s calls for classic charm. Oscar de La Renta sleeveless silk full skirted dress with black patent leather bow belt.” Now that is pure poetry.”