Obit: Oscar de la Renta, Priest of High Fashion, dies at 82 – Tola Adenle

October 21, 2014


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Mr. De la Renta [google images]

Oscar de la Renta, the go-to-designer of First Ladies, High Society & Red Carpet stars, is dead.

The Dominican Republic-born naturalized American Mr. De la Renta’s distinctive and magnificent designs distinguished by their flow-y, sweeping looks, studied under another great master, Balenciaga.

While many First Ladies wore De la Renta’s stunning designs, Jackie Kennedy and, perhaps even more, Nancy Reagan made the late designer their go-to-designer for big and smaller occasions. Michelle Obama made news recently when she finally wore an Oscar label, some years after De la Renta criticized her for wearing foreign labels.

Not a moment too soon, Michelle, although I personally think it was not that fair a calling out as Michelle does promote perhaps, a wider field of young American designers than any other First Lady before her. But then, again, for someone who shopped Target and other such brands online to promote inexpensive label-shopping, I think Michelle has made her fashion mark as a leader.

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An Oscar de la Renta typical sweeping movie-type gown [google images]

Hollywood and political royalties might have been his bread and butter but Mr. De la Renta had fans beyond red carpets and the patrons of his well-stitched flowing gowns, including women like this blogger who may be at home in less expensive garbs but loved the era of the big Hollywood stars of Rita Hayworth, et al. Eh, I got the news in my Inbox timed at 3.00 a.m. [GMT] my time from my Significant Other!

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Oscar & Moises de la Renta [google]

Oscar de la Renta is survived by a wife and an adopted son, Moises.

May he rest in perfect peace.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2014. 6:35 a.m. [GMT]



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