How can you put into words the beauty of an Oscar de la Renta design? His dresses were incredible. I envisioned Mr. de la Renta as the epitome of a true gentleman. Dressed in impeccably tailored suits, he had an elevated level of class, as did his work.
Mr. de la Renta, started his fashion career at Cristobal Balenciaga, later moving to Lanvin, Elizabeth Arden, and then to the creation of his own namesake line. He has notably said that his duties at Balenciaga involved “picking pins off of the floor.” As an aspiring designer myself, it’s refreshing to see such a talented individual discuss his beginnings in the industry. He worked from the bottom up, going on to achieve renowned success.
The fashion industry has lost a great soul today and we will all mourn the loss of this legendary designer. A certain quote from an interview between de la Renta and Fern Mallis sticks out above the rest.
The only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die. You have to appreciate every single day that you’re alive. Life is a little bit like a garden—you have to find time to plant the seeds for beautiful flowers to grow. I’m having a fantastic time. But I must say that I would have never been able to go through what I went through without my family and wife. — Oscar de la Renta
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