I woke up today to the news that one of the most important fashion designers of our time had passed away.
Despite his five decades in the industry, de la Renta was not one to live in the past. He made classic, yet contemporary clothes. It is rare to see a designer dress society ladies, Fortune 500 ladies, movie stars of all ages, and women who are not famous nor rich but love beautiful things.
Born in the Dominican Republic, he apprenticed at Balenciaga, under Cristóbal himself (unreal), and at Lanvin under Antonio Castillo. I know a lot of people dismiss fashion as silly. Perhaps some people in fashion are over the top but to me fashion is very interesting because it’s a combination of art, craft, and commerce.
There are so many celebrities out here on these streets calling themselves designers. Please.
De la Renta was truly a designer. He made clothes. Beautifully.
Mr. de la Renta will be missed.