Legendary Latino designer Oscar de la Renta has died
My friends we have lost a great and inspiring Latino legend: Oscar de la Renta. Designer extraordinaire Oscar de la Renta died Monday evening at 82-years-old. Born in 1932 in Santo Domingo the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic, de la Renta was the only boy of seven children. When he was 18 years old he went to Spain to study painting and ended up falling in love with fashion design. He apprenticed with Cristóbal Balenciaga, who became his mentor, worked with Lanvin and soon moved to New York. In 1965 he launched his own label and managed to become one of the best known fashion designers the world has ever known.
Throughout his long and illustrious career, de la Renta somehow managed to always be classic while remaining relevant. Just last month he designed Amal Clooney's much admired wedding dress.
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De la Renta's beautiful clothing has been worn by the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy, Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Jessica Parker and the list goes on and on. Not bad for a man who once described himself as "the only Third World designer."
De la Renta had cancer in 2006 and the New York Times described his condition as "precarious" earlier this month. He is survived by his wife, Annette, and his son, Moses. My condolences to his family and loved ones.
As sad as it is to lose such a great man, I feel like this man, this legend, this icon lived his life to the fullest and left this life without any regrets. He once said,
A huge mistake we make is forgetting that one day we will die. We think that we are going to live forever. I always say life is a little like a garden. There is a time to plant, then a time you have to weed. Just think about people you've deeply cared for. And then think of the people you wish you'd spent more time with. I always say this: Live, love and laugh.
Rest in peace Señor de la Renta. Thank you for your example, your beautiful creations and for always being such a class act.
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