Oscar de la Renta, the legendary fashion designer and icon, passed away on Monday at 82 after a long battle with cancer, leaving behind a legacy of style and inspiration. Remembered for his glamourous and tastefully extravagant designs, de la Renta was perhaps best-known for his timeless red carpet designs, the likes of which have been worn by everyone from presidential first ladies— he has dressed every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy— to Hollywood starlets like Sarah Jessica Parker and Taylor Swift, and an endless number of supermodels. His feminine aesthetic— borrowing sensuality from his Latin heritage and tempering it with a couture craftsmanship learned in Europe— as well as his easy, friendly demeanor, quickly made his a favorite among strong, elegant women everywhere, not to mention an icon of the American fashion scene.
In a handwritten statement signed by his stepdaughter and her husband, Eliza Reed Bolen and Alex Bolen, posted to the company’s website this morning, Bolen writes: ”While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much us. Oscar’s hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company. All that we have done, and all that we will do, is informed by his values and his spirit. Through Oscar’s example we know the way forward. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much.”
As news spreads about the passing of the world-renowned designer, celebrities, colleagues, fans and models alike have all taken to their social media platforms to remember de la Renta’s exceptional career and the time they shared in his presence. Karlie Kloss, who has not only led many of de la Renta’s shows, but also credits the designer with the success of her career, was among one of the first to pass along her condolences, writing: ”The world lost one of the most extraordinary people that I have ever met. Thank you for helping me become the woman I am today and for always inspiring me to be better. There simply is no one else like you.”
Meanwhile, Amber Valletta, Naomi Campbell, Joan Smalls and many others have also offered up their own reflections, providing a touching tribute to true icon and friend. Keep scrolling to see the models heart-felt tributes to de la Renta and be sure to check back for more as the world continues to mourn the loss of this amazing designer.
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