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Oscar de la Renta dead at 82: Fashion world pours out tributes for late designer
“The world lost one of the most extraordinary people that I have ever met” wrote supermodel Karlie Kloss, of the 82 –year-old Dominican born designer. Kloss has walked in the designer’s final show during New York Fashion week, along with other notable faces, wearing an elegant de la Renta original as we have seen on countless Hollywood celebrities, regal women around the world, first ladies and supermodels alike.
“Thank you for helping me become the woman I am today and for always inspiring me to be better. There is simply no one else like you” She wrote in her Instagram tribute.
Supermodels Karlie Kloss (left) remembered de la Renta as an inspiration. At left, Kloss (L) helps walk De la Renta down the runway during his Spring 2015 show.
De la Renta, was diagnosed with Cancer in 2006 and died in Connecticut late Monday night, his stepdaughter, Eliza Reed Bolen released a statement: “While our hearts are broke by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still bery much with us. Oscar’s hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company.”
“All that we have done, and all that we will do, is informed by his values and his spirit. Through Oscar’s example we know the way forward. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much”
Supermodel Coco Rocha wears La Renta’s designs from his Spring 2011 collection.
The loss of de la Renta was felt deeply within the fashion editorial community as well. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour wrote a moving tribute, remembering the “optimistic, fun, sunny, romantic” designer and his deep love of life” She and her daughter, Bee Shaffer, viited the designer in his Connecticut home last weekend. Wintour remembered de la Renta dolling advice to her 27-yuear-old daughter and eating chicken sandwiches. Fellow designer Naeem Khan said much the same “He was a class act, as both a person and a designer. Oscar ws always true to his design philosophy throughout his career” and Tadashi Shoji called the king of fashion “an inspiration to us all”
- Kinna LeBlanc is a Freelance Creative Artist and Culture Critic.
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