I am a little bit sad today because the world has lost a huge legend, the one and only Oscar de la Renta. They say the thing about legends is that their legacy will forever stay on and people will always be reminded of the greatness they created. My concern of course, are the new comers, the fashion bloggers who are young and inexperienced; those who think fashion is about taking photos of yourself wearing a pretty outfit, accompanied by a minimum of 20 hashtags to describe the look, or perhaps a pout of the lips selfie; those “fashionistas” who #fashion but don’t know that Valentino was the first designer to show “the red dress” in a classy acceptable way and because of him we can wear a red dress, or that Paul Poiret, one of the first of fashion designers created the T-shirt dress which we all love and wear even today or that Yves Saint Laurent invented the first female tuxedo. Oscar de la Renta is otherwise known as "The man who dressed Hollywood" for being a favorite by many celebrities such as the queen of style Jackie Kennedy, Michelle Obama, Audrey Hephurn, Nancy Reagan, Sarah Jessica Parker and many others.
Fashion is about elegance and class. The great classics understood that because they are the people who invented the trends, who looked at the female body and dressed it beautifully. Now days, many use fashion to shock people, to look rougher than they really are, to hide their beauty and bring out a side which is supposed to impress others. The great Oscar de la Renta, who left us this morning at the age of 82 after battling cancer, knew all about class, being named one of the classiest creators of the fashion world, of all time. The simplicity of his pieces oozed elegance from miles away. He makes women look feminine, soft and proud of their body. He always designed dresses for the female shape to be enhanced, and not hidden. He followed the woman body lines in such a clear way, that anyone who ever wears Oscar de la Renta, looks extremely confident and chic in an elegant way. Fashion designers sometimes bring out collections which tend to have a shock factor to them, something over the top; but not Oscar. He proves this by saying “I am not interested in shock tactics; I just want to make beautiful clothes”…. And beautiful clothes he designed.
For all the brides to be, if you are looking for inspiration, check out the Oscar de la Renta 2000 and the 2013 Bridal collections. One of my all time favourites. I am sure wherever he is right now, he continues to create greatness. xx