Osauto de la Renta, the worldly gentleman designer that shaped the wardrobe of socialites and also Hollylumber stars for even more than 4 decades, has actually passed away. He was 82.


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New York: Osautomobile de la Renta, the worldly gentlemale designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites and also Hollytimber stars for more than four decades, has actually died. He was 82.

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De la Renta passed away at house Monday evening in Connecticut surrounded by family members and also friends and also "even more than a couple of dogs," according to a handcreated statement signed by 2 of his company"s executives, Eliza Reed Bolen and also Alex Bolen, his stepdaughter and her husband.

"While our hearts are damaged by the idea of life without Osauto, he is still extremely a lot us. Oscar"s hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company," the statement said. "All that we have done, and all that we will certainly execute, is indeveloped by his values and his spirit. Thstormy Oscar"s instance we know the way forward. We will make Osvehicle extremely proud of us by continuing in an also stronger method the occupational that Osauto loved so a lot."

The late "60s and also early on "70s were a specifying minute in U.S. fashion as New York-based developers lastly sculpted a look of their own that was taken seriously by Europeans. De la Renta and also his peers, including the late Bill Blass, Roy Halston and also Geoffrey Beene, identified Amerihave the right to style — and their affect is still spotted now.


Oscar de la Renta. AP.

De la Renta"s specialty was eveningwear, though he also was recognized for chic daytime suits favored by the womales who would gather at the Four Seasons or Le Cirque at lunchtime. His signature looks were voluminous skirts, exquisite embroideries and affluent colors.

First lady Laura Bush wore an icy blue gown by de la Renta to the 2005 inaugural round and Hillary Clinton wore a gold de la Renta at the 1997 ball. On the red carpet at the Academy Awards, Penelope Cruz and also Sandra Bullock were among the celebrities to don his feminine and also opulent gowns. His clothing also were woven right into episodes of "Sex and also the City" via style icon character Carrie Bradshaw dropping his name — and comparing his designs to poeattempt.

De la Renta"s course to New York"s Seventh Avenue took an unmost likely route: He left his indigenous Dominideserve to Republic at age 18 to research painting in Spain yet quickly came to be sidetracked by fashion. The wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Spain observed some of his sketches and also asked him to make a dress for her daughter — a dress that came down on the cover of Life magazine.

That resulted in an apprenticeship via Cristobal Balenciaga, and also then de la Renta moved to France to work-related for couture residence Lanvin. By 1963, he was functioning for Elizabeth Arden couture in New York and also in 1965 had launched his very own label.

He told the AP in 2004 that his Hispanic roots functioned their means right into his designs.

"I choose light, shade, luminosity. I choose points full of shade and vibrant," he shelp.

And while de la Renta made Manhattan his main home, he regularly visited the Dominihave the right to Republic and also retained a residence there. Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour was a regular visitor and also she has shelp traveling with him was favor traveling with the president. "He"s a superstar," she shelp.

He additionally had a country home in northwestern Connecticut. Gardening and also dancing were among his favorite diversions from work. "I"m a very restless perboy. I"m always doing somepoint. The imaginative procedure never stops," he sassist.

As a designer, De la Renta constantly catered to his socialite friends and next-door neighbors — as the designer and his wife, Annette, were fixtures on the black-tie charity circuit — yet he did make occasional initiatives to reach the masses, including launching a mid-priced line in 2004 and also developing a dozen or so perfumes, the first, dubbed Osauto, was introduced in 1977 and more recently, Rosamor, hit the industry.

He was an avid patron of the arts, serving as a board member of The Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall, among others, and also he devoted significant time to children"s charities, including New Yorkers for Children. He additionally aided fund schools and also day-care centers in La Romana and Punta Cana in his aboriginal country.


Osauto de la Renta preparing to walk the runway at a present. AP.

The Dominideserve to Republic honored de la Renta with the order al Merito de Juan Pablo Duarte and also the order of Cristobol Colon. Here in the U.S., he obtained the Coty American Fashion Critics Award twice, was called womenswear designer of the year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2000 and also likewise got a life time achievement award from the CFDA — an company for which he served as president in the 1980s.

In enhancement to his very own label, de la Renta spearheaded the Pierre Balmajor collection from 1993-2002, marking the initially time an Amerideserve to designed for a French couture house, and he was awarded the French Legion d"Honneur as a Commandeur. He likewise received the Gold Medal Award from the king and also queen of Spain.

De la Renta offered up the title of chief executive of his firm in 2004, handing over company duties to stepdaughter Eliza Reed Bolen and her husband also, Alex Bolen, yet he continued to be active on the design finish, continuing to display his collections in the time of New York Fashion Week.

De la Renta also is made it through by an embraced kid, Moises, a designer at the agency.

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De la Renta"s first wife, French Vogue editor Francoise de Langlade, passed away in 1983.