While De la Renta has designed fashion masterpieces since the 1950s, it was not until 1991 that he officially launched his fashion house. One of the things I love about De la Renta is the fact that he never tried to make a scene or draw attention to himself like other designers who shall remain nameless. His art pieces did the talking for him. In fact, De la Renta once said, “I am not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes.”
As a result of his simple and straightforward mission, he designed gowns for countless Hollywood starlets, First Ladies, and even members of various international royal families. As an intern for Mrs. Bush in 2008, I fondly remember looking at Mrs. Bush’s schedule for the day and seeing special fittings by Oscar de la Renta. His looks were classic, simple, and elegant.
Oscar de la Renta defines style like no other: “Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.”
Today I would like to honor the fashion legend by sharing some of my favorite Oscar de la Renta pieces.