Oscar de la Renta quotesThe words that people are using to describe Oscar de la Renta who passed away at 82 years old on Monday evening speak volumes of the respect and admiration he has commanded in the fashion industry for half a century. It's like we can't find enough flattering words to describe the essence of this elegant man who dressed women in a way that showed how much he appreciated and respected feminine beauty, elegance and strength. Whether you call him the  "sultan of suave," the king of fashion, or the proud son of the Dominican Republic, we've lost an icon and we want to pay tribute.

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Oscar de la Renta's warmth emanates from every picture I've ever seen of him. Yes, of course, he always had that tan glow to him, but his true light came from within. The man radiated. De la Renta has left us with an astounding fashion legacy. Let's take a moment to celebrate his life by honoring some of the wisdom that he shared with the world. May he rest in peace.

Please click through this gallery featuring some of Oscar de la Renta's beautiful designs accompanied by ten of his most memorable quotes

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Style 1

Style

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Fashion is about dressing according to what's fashionable, style is more about being yourself. - Oscar de la Renta

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Elegance 2

Elegance

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Elegance is a discipline of life. - Oscar de la Renta

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Accessories 3

Accessories

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A woman makes an outfit her own with accessories. - Oscar de la Renta

Fashion 4

Fashion

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I have always felt my role as a designer is to do the very best I can for a woman to make her look her best. Fashion is only fashion once a woman puts it on.- Oscar de la Renta

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Confidence and kindness 5

Confidence and kindness

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The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness. - Oscar de la Renta

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Destiny 6

Destiny

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Be the designer of your own destiny. - Oscar de la Renta

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Walk 7

Walk

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Walk like you have three men walking behind you. - Oscar de la Renta

Fashion forward 8

Fashion forward

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The great thing about fashion is that it always looks forward. - Oscar de la Renta

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Color 9

Color

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I like light, color, luminousity. I like things full of color and vibrant. - Oscar de la Renta

Women 10

Women

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Every season I am inspired by women. - Oscar de la Renta