Monday, October 20, 2014

RIP Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta at FIT in 2012.

I was saddened to learn of the passing of the legendary Oscar de la Renta tonight at the age of 82. What a talented designer that man was! His death feels like the end of an era—as a young man he apprenticed with Balenciaga himself. Talk about learning from the best!

It was so lovely to see him at the 2012 preview of IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA at The Museum at FIT and his dress exhibited there was one of my favorites from that show. It was from his Spring 2012 collection and I loved the combination of a rich yellow silk taffeta strapless gown with a stunning black Guipure lace jacket. It was hard to stop taking pictures of the dress, to tell you the truth. It was a standout in a room of iconic and amazing dresses!

From the exhibit IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA, The Museum at FIT, 2012.

I could not take my eyes off this dress!

I loved the bold yellow color... well as this jacket of Guipure lace. Gorgeous!

Oscar de la Renta always seemed like such a gentleman, a true charmer, as well as a designer of gorgeous clothes, and he will be missed. I certainly hope either The Museum at FIT or the Met will, in time, do a retrospective of his elegant and supremely feminine work.


Linda Cassidy said...

good lord, i cannot take MY eyes of that dress. He will be missed

Jill said...

Hi Linda! Isn't that dress amazing? And I mean there were some gigantic and jaw-droppingly gorgeous dresses in that exhibit and still I could not stop taking pictures of the Oscar gown! He is going to be missed so much, particularly on the red carpet during the upcoming awards season, although I wouldn't be surprised if we see gowns from the fall and winter collections on the actresses. XO, Jill

Anonymous said...

:-) Oscar de la Renta designs were always so very feminine and I adored them.
Sad, very sad that he is no longer with us. But he will be remembered.
Many hugs, dear Jill xo

GSL said...

He was certainly in the very top rank. I thought I saw him only recently (on TV) and he didn't look near 82...or sick with the cancer that reportedly killed him.

Jill said...

Hi Happyface! I always loved seeing Oscar's designs, particularly at the Oscars! I am going to miss his work. XO, Jill

Jill said...

Hi GSL, I did not know he had cancer and I did not know he had been ill for some time. When I saw him in person 2 years ago he looked as healthy and as charming as ever. And a lot younger than 80, I can tell you that! XO, Jill

Dawn Lucy said...

He will be missed. Wow, what an amazing dress. Love the black lace top.
Dawn Lucy
Fashion Should Be Fun

Jill said...

Hi Dawn Lucy, yes this gown is amazing and what sends it right over the top is the Guipure lace jacket. XO, Jill

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

His clothes were amazing and his talent will be missed. It was a surprise to learn of his passing...he always looked so healthy in his pictures. Thanks for the tribute to him.

Veshoevius said...

This saddened me too. As you say - truly the end of an era.