NEW YORK, N.Y. - Fun, sunny, romantic. Oscar de la Renta approached fashion and life on those terms, but there was more, so much more, those who loved and admired the designer say.
The "more," Vogue's Anna Wintour wrote Tuesday on the magazine's website, was "democratic."
By that, she meant de la Renta possessed the sensibility, the ease, to dine with the rich and famous but happily play dominoes with his staff.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Oscar de la Renta, the worldly gentleman designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites, first ladies and Hollywood stars for more than four decades, has died. He was 82.
Reaction to the death late Monday of iconic designer Oscar de la Renta:
"America has lost a brilliant, enduring talent and a true gentleman. Oscar was a fashion legend but he was also my friend for nearly fifty years. I admired him greatly as a kind, gracious individual with a generous spirit who brought beauty and elegance to everything he touched." — Former first lady Nancy Reagan, in a statement.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Designer Oscar de la Renta was mourned Tuesday in his native Dominican Republic as a native son who brought glamor and prestige to a largely poor country better known for baseball and beaches than elegant evening wear.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each model just as she was about to emerge in one of his sumptuous, impeccably constructed designs.