Oscar de la Renta | Loss of an Icon

With an open smile and a handful of talent, Oscar de la Renta, an incredible and worldwide recognized designer died yesterday in NYC at the age of 82, after a lifetime of creation of unquestionable amazing clothes.

Perhaps you might think it is an exaggeration to say that his death means a significant loss for the fashion industry. It is not. Working in fashion – from bloggers to designers to prs to everything and anything else – is trendy, fashionable even. It seems both easier to make it in the industry and, at the same time, harder to make it in the industry. Still, when Oscar de la Renta began his work, it wasn’t nearly as easy and talent played a major part.

Under the mentorship of Cristòbal Balenciaga, de la Renta became much of what we later saw in his career. Eager to learn he left Spain and moved to Paris to work for Lanvin. Arden and Jane Derby followed and after 9 years at the Balmain House, Oscar de la Renta created his label and became his own man.

We never know when our time will be up, when we will leave the people we love and what we love to do behind, but we can only hope that our passage was a beautiful and moving, one that inspired people, that made their lives better in some way. Upon his cancer diagnose and after winning its first battle, Oscar de la Renta spoke at CDFA:

“Yes, I had cancer. Right now, I am totally clean. The only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die. We always think we are going to live forever. The dying aspect we will never accept. The one thing about having this kind of warning is how you appreciate every single day of life”

To Oscar our gratitude for leaving the world with his beautiful vision of clothes and above all of women. Rest in peace, dear Oscar.

Please watch the slideshow below with a simple and reduced selection of his beautiful work.

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