Fashion legend Oscar de la Renta knew a thing or two about glamour. He was the king of ladylike luxury. Born Óscar Arístides Renta Fiallo, he was the first Latino accepted into a Parisian fashion house and later as a U.S. citizen, he became the first American to design for a French couture house. Oscar dressed Hollywood stars, socialites, first ladies and most recently, designed the ivory gown that Amal Alamuddin wore to wed George Clooney in Venice. He was a true gentleman, who loved women and wanted to make them feel beautiful. Last week, he passed away after a long battle with cancer at the age of 82.
I wanted to share some highlights from his last collection at New York Fashion Week in September. For SS 2015 he showed impeccable day pieces fashioned out of garden party prints and crisp tailoring. Oscar’s feel for color results in great things – his palette featured soft hues such as pale pink and light blue as well as black, white and metallic tones.
One of my favorite looks is the long-sleeved short white dress. The intricate lace pattern reminds me of stone tracery found in gothic cathedral windows. I love the flattering belted waist and the unexpected footwear (fringed brogues). The unusual pairing feels youthful and fresh! I also love the broderie anglaise A-line top and three-quarter-length skirt in black and white. The fabrication is as light as air and I love the Spanish flavor, it’s so unmistakably Oscar! Additionally, he showed a selection of opulently embellished evening wear (another one of his signatures). The beautiful finale gowns had just enough swish to take them from the red carpet to the dance floor.
Oscar de la Renta’s last collection epitomized his spirit and his charismatic personality. It is no wonder that his career spanned an impressive six decades. To close, I want to share a quote taken from an interview with William Norwich for New York Magazine. I just love Oscar’s fashion perspective:
“I think there are two kinds of designers: the survivors, like me, and the designers who so strongly identify with one look and one period in their careers that they can never get beyond it. I also have the memory of a mosquito, so the most important piece is the next piece, and the next collection, because I cannot remember the last.”
*47-year-old British designer Peter Copping, formally of Nina Ricci, is set to take over as Oscar de la Renta’s new creative director. He begins November 3rd and will unveil his first collection for the brand in February, for fall 2015.
Image credit: vogue.com