In light of the news that Oscar de la Renta has passed away, aged 82, I’ve chosen three of his collections and put together a montage of my favourite looks (and tips on how to recreate his impeccable style).
De la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic but his study of fashion started in Madrid when he was employed as an artist to do sketches for Cristóbal Balenciaga. He then travelled to Paris to work for Lanvin and as an established designer, set up his label in New York.
A well-travelled and well-loved man, his designs have been popular among celebrities: Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Taylor Swift and JK Rowling to name a few.
British Vogue Editor, Alexandra Shulman, said this morning:
“He stuck to his conviction about how women should look – elegant, joyful, feminine – no matter how fashion changed, but his designs never felt old or hackneyed.” (vogue.com)
This collection marked John Galliano’s second chance in the fashion industry, as one of de la Renta’s creative team. The brocade infused collection alludes to a romantic, fairytale era.
Dress like de la Renta: gloves are not to be taken as something practical; they are a serious fashion statement.
I love the silhouettes of this collection, the high necklines make the models look slender and elegant. Plus, the royal blues make the autumnal colour palette so much more exciting.
Dress like de la Renta: roll necks and fur snoods exude elegance.
I could almost say that the backdrop of roses in this catwalk collection is as pretty as the clothes… but not quite. The lace intertwines the pastels and bold floral prints perfectly.
Dress like de la Renta: sheer lace and florals can be reinvented over and over again.
(Image credits, Indigital.)
This piece was written for Epigram Style, Bristol’s student newspaper.
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