Fashion community reacts to Oscar de la Renta's death
The iconic designer passed away on Tuesday in the US at the age of 82. He was known for dressing up A-listers that included first ladies of the United States. Even as the international fashion community took to Twitter to mourn the legend’s death, the fashion industry in India also remembered the icon.Updated: Oct 21, 2014 16:53 IST
Iconic designer Oscar de la Renta passed away on Tuesday morning in Connecticut, US at the age of 82. The Dominican Republic-born designer had been reportedly battling gastric cancer for the past few years.
He was known for dressing up A-listers that included first ladies of the United States- Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Nancy Reagan. Television host and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey was also known to be a big supporter of his designs, apart from Hollywood actors Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba and Angelina Jolie. His bridal designs also found a fan in lawyer and author Amal Alamuddin, who got married to Hollywood actor George Clooney last month.
The international fashion community took to Twitter to mourn the legend’s death.
Designer Marc Jacobs wrote, “We lost a fashion icon. Thoughts & prayers for family, friends, & all at Oscar de la Renta. We'll miss you Oscar!” while Donna Karan added: “So incredibly sad for the world to lose the legendary Oscar de la Renta - a true fashion icon. May he rest in peace.”
“Oscar de la Renta was a wonderful designer, a true Renaissance man. His voice will continue to sing in our hearts. Love Diane,” wrote legendary designer Diane Von Furstenberg, while supermodel Naomi Campbell shared a picture of her wearing a Renta design and wrote: “You made this a dream come true! R I P TheGentlemanofFashion #Oscar de la Renta”
(From left) Former US President Bill Clinton, former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg at the 2014 Medal of Excellence Gala in New York. (AP File Photo)
Back home, the fashion industry also remembered the icon.
“Oscar de la Renta was a big supporter of India. For his creations, he got embellishments and value add-ons done in the country, for many years, thus he had a special place in his heart and great respect for India. The international fashion fraternity will miss the icon. But, the beauty of fashion is that his name and the brand will live on in the form of his designs, for a long, long time,” shared Fashion Design Council of India president Sunil Sethi.
“He was one of the last living legends of fashion, a shining star and the king of the red carpet. A certain joie de vivre in his designs came from his Latin heritage. The way the Latin culture understands colour and has a sense of innate sensuality and sexiness, was all inherent in his creations. I had the opportunity to meet him several times and he always spoke fondly of his love for India. He was an exceptionally charming man, and this is a great, big loss for the fashion community,” said ace designer Suneet Varma.
“It's really sad that iconic designer Oscar de la Renta has passed away. He has been a source of great inspiration to me since my childhood. His was the first ever designer T- shirt I bought at the age of thirteen! May his soul rest in peace,” said ace designer Ritu Beri.
First Published: Oct 21, 2014 16:03 IST