HEARTBREAKER

How Oscar de la Renta charmed those of us who never got to wear his dresses

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Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died yesterday, at age 82. The Dominican-born designer dressed first ladies, Hollywood stars, uptown socialites, and fortunate brides—most recently, Amal Clooney. The romantic, Latin spirit that imbued de la Renta’s strongest designs was not only aesthetic; it was part of his character, and it made him magnetic.

In 2011, when de la Renta launched a fragrance, I had a chance to chat with him. The conversation turned to dancing and singing, which he loved. I asked if he remembered the last song he listened to in the studio. He sighed.

“Not really,” he said. “I was the other day singing a song that I haven’t sang for a long time, which has one phrase that I love. It says, ‘I don’t know really what new mystery this night will bring.’ Nunca sabe que misterio nos trae esta noche. Isn’t that beautiful? I don’t know what mystery this night will bring. That’s the expectation, the hope.”

Thanks to Erika Bearman, better known as Oscar PR Girl on Instagram, a new generation—many of whom may never be able to afford de la Renta’s dresses—has fallen in love with the designer. Here is a handful of images of Oscar de la Renta and his work that Bearman has shared:

master.

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Oscar + jerry hall #tbt

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A #tbt with Jerry Hall.

watch this. video by @jamesnord

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Fall 2014 collection, video by James Nord.

❤️

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bow down. you clever thing @leahchernikoff xo

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and then it was my favorite dress I ever wore. with @carolyntangel in Oscar spots.

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flower child. Oscar earrings, image: Harper's Bazaar spain 🌹

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Oscar de la Renta earrings, Harper’s Bazaar Spain.

vintage holiday Oscar

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#tbt Oscar, 1976

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Oscar de la Renta, 1976.

A #tbt with Jerry Hall, Billie Blair, Pat Cleveland, Oscar de la Renta, Andre Leon Talley, and Dalma Callado

awesome. #tbt

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❤️

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Spring 2013.

dot calm. Oscar's spring inspiration sketch from today's WWD.

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baby blues.

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Oscar de la Renta spring 2014

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Spring 2014.

Oscar in seersucker.

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and exit with elegance. – @yatcher

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roses for the bride. – @yatcher

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