Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Goodbye to Oscar de la Renta, a genius of good taste and refinement

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Fashion designer Oscar De La Renta walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

“Never, ever confuse what happens on a runway with fashion. A runway is spectacle. It’s only fashion when a woman puts it on. Being well dressed hasn’t much to do with having good clothes. It’s a question of good balance and good common sense.”
–Oscar de la Renta

The fashion world lost one of its greatest couturiers with the dead of Oscar de la Renta. Pure elegance, supreme excellence and refined glamour characterize his designs, defined by femininity, colour, light, an image of luxury and simple shapes.

Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932 and settled in New York, the legendary fashion designer leaves an empire in the hands of his successor, the British Peter Copping, appointed new creative director of the firm less than a month ago. At the beginning, Oscar de la Renta worked for Balenciaga in his Spanish house, but the doors of the fashion world opened to him thanks to the famous dress he designed for Beatrice Lodge, the daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Spain in Madrid. The design of the then young designer made the cover of Life magazine

Now we have the magic memory of his dresses and fashion shows. He died in Connecticut, the United States, at the age of 82, after being diagnosed with cancer in 2006. 

Rest in peace, maestro


ADIÓS A OSCAR DE LA RENTA, UN GENIO DEL BUEN GUSTO Y DEL REFINAMIENTO. El mundo de la moda ha perdido a uno de los grandes con la muerte del modisto Óscar de la Renta. Pura elegancia, exquisitez máxima y refinado glamour caracterizan sus diseños, que se definen por la feminidad, el color, la luz, la imagen de lujo y las formas simples. 

Nacido en República Dominicana en 1932 y afincado en Nueva York, el legendario diseñador de moda deja un imperio en manos de su sucesor, el británico Peter Copping, nombrado hace menos de un mes nuevo director creativo de la firma. En sus inicios, Óscar de la Renta trabajó para Balenciaga en su casa madrileña, pero se le abrieron las puertas de la moda gracias al famoso vestido que diseñó para Beatriz Lodge, hija del embajador estadounidense de Madrid. El diseño del entonces joven diseñador apareció en la portada de la revista Life

Ahora nos queda el recuerdo mágico de sus vestidos y desfiles. Ha fallecido en Connecticut, Estados Unidos, a los 82 años, tras padecer un cáncer diagnosticado en 2006. 

Descanse en paz, maestro.

January Jones for The Edit, Vogue, 1965 and Elle magazine, 2008 (Photos via OscarPRGirl)
“My job as a designer is to make a woman feel her very best.”

Oscar de la Renta for Balmain, 1994. (Photo: via OscarPRGirl)

“There is always an emotional element to anything that you make.”

Avedon, Shrimpton, Oscar de la Renta, Vogue 1968. (Photo: via OscarPRGirl)

“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. 
Style is more about being yourself.”


Vogue Nippon (Photo: via OscarPRgirl)

“I want to make clothes that people will wear, 
not styles that will make a big splash on the runway.”

'Where The Wild Things Are' US Vogue December 2006 Caroline Trentini by Arthur Elgort (Photo: via TFS)

“I don’t really know how to do casual clothes.”

Oscar de la Renta, spring 2006. (Photo: via OscarPRGirl)

“If you wear a different perfume every day, I do not recognize you.” 



To Oscar de la Renta, with love
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