Oscar De La Renta Dies At 82; Celebrities Pay Tribute To Fashion Designer
Oscar de la Renta, famed fashion designer, died on Monday evening at the age of 82, surrounded by friends and family in his Connecticut home.
RIP Oscar de la Renta
Stepdaughter Eliza Reed Bolen, who serves as executive VP of Oscar de la Renta LLC, and her husband and CEO Alex Bolen released a statement Tuesday, honoring the late fashion icon. “He died exactly as he lived: with tremendous grace, great dignity and very much on his own terms,” they wrote.
The two promised to carry on the business in honor of de la Renta, but did not reveal the fashion designer’s cause of death: “Oscar’s hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company. All that we have done, and all that we will do, is informed by his values and his spirit. Through Oscar’s example, we know the way forward. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much.”
Celebrities both in and outside of the fashion world are mourning de la Renta, who was a frequent designer to the stars. The fashion designer has been a favorite both on the runway and off for 50 years, and has designed dresses worn by First Ladies Hilary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama. He recently designed Amal Clooney’s wedding dress.
Celebrities Remember Oscar de la Renta
Fellow designer, Vera Wang expressed her sadness with posts on Instagram and Twitter, writing, “One of the most passionate, sophisticated, and iconic designers in fashion. To Annette, his beloved wife, and his children, our deepest most profound condolences. Oscar created a whole world of luxury, style and elegance all his own.”
A friend and one of the greatest American designers. You will be missed by friends, family, and women all over the world. #OscarDeLaRenta
— Zac Posen (@Zac_Posen) October 21, 2014
I'm thinking of this man today and my heart is broken. So honored that I knew and loved him. pic.twitter.com/WsMcRpXimo
— Jenna Bush Hager (@JennaBushHager) October 21, 2014
Iconic legendary genius, gone but definitely not forgotten #OscarDeLaRenta My heart goes out to the De La Renta family. -ZS
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) October 21, 2014
I've worn Oscar de la Renta's signature fragrance my whole adult life. It is like his designs & life. Classic, soft, feminine & elegant. RIP
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@Curtisleejamie) October 21, 2014
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