Mr. De La Renta Did It All

Oscar De La Renta

Today, I learned from my mom that Oscar De La Renta died. I knew he was a fashion designer, but I didn’t realize how his designs have touched so many different fashion areas.  He was trained as a painter in Spain.  He eventually went into the “ready to wear” fashion industry. Early in his career he worked in Spanish and French fashion houses.

In 1965, he started his own label and has produced all kinds of things, like shoes, cologne, perfume (There’s a difference between cologne and perfume, you know?), sunglasses, bridal gowns, dresses, hand bags, tote bags, luggage, swimwear, men’s clothes, and much more! Obviously his designs are world famous and he has designed dresses for most of the First Ladies (U.S. President’s wives).  Over the years countless A-list movie stars have worn his dresses and gowns for red carpet events. He has one of the most successful bridal lines ever!

What’s so amazing is that he was over 80 years old and people still wanted him to design their clothing! I think that shows just how good he was and how much people wanted to wear his beautiful designs. They never went out of style.  Timeless, as my mom says.  More recently, he designed Amal Clooney’s wedding dress. She just got married to George Clooney, you know?

amal-with-oscar-de-la-renta-fitting photo by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue

Oscar De La Renta Label ….

You can go to oscardelarenta.com and shop for all types of “ready to wear” clothes.  He has the following lines: ready to wear, accessories, fragrance and beauty, children’s, home, and of course bridal. You can also see what’s new in fashion and look at current and previous runway fashions and shows.  He also has a feature called The House. You can see shots from previous runway shows, fashion features and look at his interviews.  You could spend hours exploring his house. This guy was truly amazing.  I hope to own one of his dresses one day.  I guess by that time, all of the dresses that he actually designed will be considered vintage.

Major Awards and Achievements….. 

  • Coty Award  and Coty Hall of Fame (the US fashion industry ‘Oscars’)
  • American Fashion Critic’s Award and AMFCA Hall of Fame
  • Council of Fashion Designers Designer of the Year Award and CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Gold Medal of Bellas Artes
  • La Gran Cruz de la Orden del Mérito Civil
  • Légion d’honneur as a Commandeur
  • Order of Merit of Duarte, Sanchez and Mella
  • Order of Christopher Columbus
  • International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame

 Check out some of his 2014 fashions…..

2014 Spring collection

 Oscar De La Renta 3

2014 Fall collection

  oscar-de-la-renta-fall 2014 b