“Things never happen on accident. They happen because you have a vision, you have a commitment, you have a dream.”
-Oscar de la Renta
I was mid-draft on a piece about lesbian ghosts for today when I heard the news. I immediately shed a tear, went through the mental folder of Oscar gowns I keep stored in my head, and ordered a tall rum and coke. It was necessary, but I regret the rum and coke. It wasn’t glamorous enough for Oscar.
I remember the first time I saw one of his dresses on Sex and the City and instantly knew the man was brilliant. It was only then that I researched his career and established my first real fake relationship with a fashion designer, and for that I will be forever grateful.
I wanted to take this time to go over some of his best pieces, in my opinion. And some of the moments captured that he, as a designer, impacted my life. We lost a true legend yesterday. Rest in peace, Oscar de la Renta. May you forever dance with Princess Di in the gardens of Heaven. You leave an incredible legacy behind and you’ll be missed by so many. Thank you for all of the beauty you gave us.
The time where it all began, his features in Sex and the City with the cocktail dress from Alexander Petrovsky and the first time Carrie Bradshaw was shot for Vogue
The time elegance was truly defined for me on a personal level
And then defined again in Blake Lively. Which is rare for her, as we know.
The time he designed this perfect–I mean it, perfect–wedding gown for the woman who is now married to my husband, George Clooney
The time he made me realize that Joaquin Pheonix was hot again
The time he styled Jackie O before I was born. And then famously continued to style every First Lady ever since
The time he proved that elegance and grace could be sexy
The time he trail blazed through the boundaries of style and color all the way back in 1963
The time Oprah was–arguably for the first time ever–styled in a flattering dress, giving her more power than ever thought possible
The time he danced with Princes Diana and became more chic than any person on the planet
The time he crowned himself king of couture with SJP’s iconic dress
And finally, the time he presented his last collection this September at the age of 82. What a ride. What a life.