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The news Monday night that Oscar de la Renta died at 82, following a long battle with cancer, left many of his Hollywood fans and fashion industry insiders mourning the loss of the legendary designer.
“He died exactly as he lived: with tremendous grace, great dignity and very much on his own terms,” said stepdaughter Eliza Reed Bolen and her husband, Alex Bolen, in a company statement. “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.”
A joint statement from Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky, read: “His singular talent and exquisite taste elevated American fashion, and his warmth and friendship will be missed by our family and all whose lives he touched in his extraordinary journey. Oscar’s remarkable eye was matched only by his generous heart. His legacy of philanthropy extended from children in his home country who now have access to education and healthcare, to some of New York’s finest artists whose creativity has been sustained through his support. We will always be grateful to Oscar for the love he showed us, and for sharing his talent on some of the most important occasions of our lives. And we will never forget the joy, adventure, and beauty we shared with Oscar, his beloved wife, Annette, and their family during our many happy times together, especially those spent in his beloved Dominican Republic.”
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Reacting to the designer’s death, Hollywood philanthropist Barbara Davis told The Hollywood Reporter: “I feel terrible; everything I wear is from him. He was the sweetest man. He had a flair about him that was more wonderful than any designer I’ve ever know. My daughters wore Oscar; my grandchildren have children’s Oscar, even my mother-in-law wore Oscar. It’s like losing a member of the family.”
Others taking to social media to remember de la Renta included Taylor Swift, Nina Garcia, Rose McGowan, Christian Siriano, New York Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman, Gloria Estefan, Padma Lakshmi and Bethenny Frankel, who wrote that she was saving one of his dresses for four years to wear to a special event.
Take a look at what the stars are saying about De la Renta on social media.
Oscar de la Renta was a wonderful designer, a true Renaissance man. His voice will continue to sing in our hearts. Love Diane
— DVF (@DVF) October 21, 2014
The fashion business says goodbye to a mentor, a legand & an icon. He defined a standard we can only aspire to. #RIPOscarDeLaRenta
— Kenneth Cole (@KennethCole) October 21, 2014
Oscar de la Renta was always so kind to me and supportive of my work at CFDA. He was a great champion of American… pic.twitter.com/TQjixEy1W8
— steven kolb (@stevenkolb) October 21, 2014
Mr. de la Renta passed today – my heart goes out to his entire family – especially Moises – NY just lost a whole lot of Glamour
— Kelly Cutrone (@kellycutrone) October 21, 2014
The Gentleman of Fashion you will always be !!! R I P @oscarprgirl @OscarPRGirl #Oscar de la Renta
A photo posted by Naomi Campbell (@iamnaomicampbell) on
#RIP #OscardeLaRenta it was an honor to know you and work with you. I loved your #FashionIconswithFernMallis intv @92Y
A photo posted by Fern Mallis (@fernmallis) on
My all-time favorite designer has passed away. Oscar, it was an honor to wear your creations and to know you. In loving memory.
A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on
Oscar De La Renta master of his craft pride of Santo Domingo Grateful for the brief time @VAMNit & I spent with him. What a loss.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) October 21, 2014
The world is suddenly a lot less glamorous. #RIP Oscar de la Renta. http://t.co/ptaR2dp1Tb
— Mickey Boardman (@AskMrMickey) October 21, 2014
Just heard of the passing of Oscar de la Renta. A true, master craftsman and gentleman. RIP
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) October 21, 2014
RIP Oscar de la Renta – certainly a life worth talking about and one whose impact won’t be soon forgotten…. http://t.co/wpWoFtycxQ
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) October 21, 2014
Oscar de la Renta you will be missed and the elegant fashion that you gave us all! May you #RIP#10;A Legend Of Fashion
— La Toya Jackson (@latoyajackson) October 21, 2014
Very sad to hear of the passing of Oscar De La Renta. He was a master, and an inspiration to me and so many other artists. He made beauty.
— Christian Siriano (@CSiriano) October 21, 2014
RIP iconic designer Oscar De La Renta,who was a big part of 3 of my life’s biggest moments.Much love & peace2 his family& all who loved him!
— Gloria Estefan (@GloriaEstefan) October 21, 2014
Hillary Clinton called Oscar de la Renta “A true American Original.” He was a fixture at last year’s @CGI. pic.twitter.com/JLicimLEF9
— Jonathan Wald (@jonathanwald) October 21, 2014
In shock. I saved an oscar de la renta dress for 4 yrs to wear to a special occasion #TheAngelBall & he passes away. #riposcar
— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) October 21, 2014
A toast to the life of Oscar de la Renta; we owe him our elegance.
— Vanessa Friedman (@VVFriedman) October 21, 2014
a beautiful man #RIP pic.twitter.com/RRW2lcafX5
— Audrey Gelman (@audreygelman) 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
Truly saddened by the loss of one of the greatest fashion icons of all time. Oscar de la Renta will be greatly missed.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 21, 2014
RIP my good friend. We will miss you Oscar de la Renta.
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) October 21, 2014
Thank you for your artistry, Mr. de la Renta. #oscardelarenta rest in peace
A photo posted by Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) on
#oscardelarenta you will be truely missed #legend #rip #legendarydesigner http://t.co/eJc9EDJQoO
— Julie Henderson (@juliephenderson) October 21, 2014
RIP #oscardelarenta who truly understood how to dress a woman. #fashionicon http://t.co/X4iQRONNCV
— Brenda Strong (@Brenda_Strong) October 21, 2014
RIP #oscardelarenta , a rare gentleman with remarkable style, great warmth and beautiful manners, who will be missed by many
A photo posted by Behnaz Sarafpour (@behnazsarafpour) on
So sad for the loss of this legend. Oscar de la Renta thank for all the beauty and inspiration you shared with us. #odlr #oscardelarenta
— Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia) October 21, 2014
A great has left us. #OscarDeLaRenta Thank you for adding such beauty to the world, along with elegance, class and grace.
— Rita Wilson (@RitaWilson) October 21, 2014
Sad to hear of the death of #OscardelaRenta. What a remarkable life and career, and a kind and generous man.
— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) October 21, 2014
RIP legend #OscarDeLaRenta
— Zac Posen (@Zac_Posen) October 21, 2014
Sad news tonight with the passing of Oscar de la Renta. A true legend, the ultimate gentleman of American fashion.
— Eric Wilson (@ericwilsonsays) October 21, 2014
I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Oscar de la Renta. He was just as elegant as the clothes he made. An American icon #RIP
— Brad Goreski (@mrbradgoreski) October 21, 2014
Saddened to hear the news about Oscar de la Renta. Thank you for bringing so much beauty into the world #RIP
— Rebecca Minkoff (@RebeccaMinkoff) October 21, 2014
RIP Oscar de la Renta, a true force in American fashion. So much glamour. So many beautiful dresses.
— Elizabeth Holmes (@EHolmesWSJ) October 21, 2014
Extremely sad to hear that Oscar de la Renta has died. Huge condolences to everyone in the OdlR family. The world is less elegant tonight.
— Heather & Jessica (@fuggirls) October 21, 2014
Rest in peace, Oscar de la Renta. Your beautiful creativity will never be forgotten.
— Courtney Kerr (@thecourtneykerr) October 21, 2014
So incredibly sad for the world to lose the legendary Oscar de la Renta- a true fashion icon. May he rest in peace.
— DKNY PR GIRL® (@dkny) October 21, 2014
I’d tweet but I’m working on an obit for Oscar de la Renta. Sad day. Amazing career.
— Christina Binkley (@BinkleyOnStyle) October 21, 2014
Farewell to a true legend: Rest in peace to the most talented and most gentlemanly #OscardelaRenta.
— Eva Chen (@evachen212) October 21, 2014
RIP Oscar de la Renta, the loveliest, most elegant man.
— Sarah Brown (@SBRogue) October 21, 2014
RIP #oscardelarenta. How I loved wearing his lovely fantasy gown Oscars 2002!! You will be missed! pic.twitter.com/0xobG3yOv3
— Marcia Gay Harden (@Beloving2) October 21, 2014
My heart breaks mourning the gracious, warm, talented and special Oscar de la Renta. RIP. Thank you for being you. http://t.co/K9ea3w109M
— Joe Zee (@mrjoezee) 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
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