The fashion world has lost one of it’s best.
Oscar De la Renta has passed away at the age of 82 due to complications from cancer. His second wife, Annette de la Renta, confirmed the news.The fashion mogul had been battling the disease since 2006.
Despite his ailment, his business continued to grow and expand and his latest accomplishment was designing the gown that Amal Alamuddin wore to her wedding where she married George Clooney in Venice.
His name became synonymous with red carpet fashion as so many fashion idols wore his designs and said his name with pride ranging from Sarah Jessica Parker to Penelope Cruz. He also had the honor of dressing four First Ladies including Jackie Kennedy and Michelle Obama.
De la Renta is also one of the few designers who could distinguish between a runway and fashion:
“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.”
He was awarded the lifetime achievement award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1989 and he admitted that his clothes were designed for a certain type of woman:
“Let me tell you, it was never the ladies who lunch. They never lunched! They always wanted to stay thin. You want to know who my customer is? All the women who can afford to buy my clothes! My customers are successful workingwomen. They might be spending less at the moment, but my approach is that fashion must always be optimistic, and that a woman will always be enticed by beautiful clothes.”
Celebrities took to social media to express their sympathy;
He is survived by his second wife, Annette and son Moses as well as other step children from his first and second marriage.