The world lost a true legend today, Oscar de la Renta passed away at the age of 82. The famed designer captured the hearts of many long before I ever met him, but from the moment I attended my first Oscar de la Renta show and had the chance to meet Oscar, I fell in love. His designs were extraordinary, Oscar had a way to create the most brilliant and elegant clothing for all women. More importantly, he was a gentleman, a great force that drew everyone around him in.

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Oscar de la Renta was beyond extraordinary. His passion for everything from his family to his gardening to his designs exuded such joy and love as he spoke about them and that passion showed in everything he did. He was the type of person you would want to be near, as his presence alone was magnetic.

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It’s hard to put into words what a great loss this is for so many. I want to share some of our favorite moments we captured of Oscar, which I will forever hold dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. Oscar, you will be so greatly missed.

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  • missarewa

    RIP to Oscar de la Renta. He will be missed but we will continue to remember him through his phenomenal work. To discover what you were made to do and excel at it, is no small feat. He lived a fulfilled life. My thoughts are with his family.

  • Michelle

    Beautiful shots and a beautiful tribute to an iconic fashion designer. In loving memory.

  • Monika Wright

    question I let a friend borrow my marc Jacobs leola lambskin hobo bag and now it smells funny…seriously it stinks! how do i clean it? at least get the smell gone???

    • CHANELWHORE

      I would take it to a leather specialist.

  • Lina Lee

    He RIP.

  • HfromT

    Megs, what a lovely tribute, and such a special photograph of the two of you together. That must have been such an incredible moment for you. The world has lost one of its most elegant and talented designers.

  • Antonia

    Megs, what an honor it must have been to meet such an iconic designer! He will truly be missed. I now find myself wanting to own one of his designs and treasuring it forever! RIP Oscar!

    • I know it may sound cliche, but I have never felt more beautiful than in a full OdlR outfit

  • This man was an icon. His S/S 13 collection was stunning. Really sad news.

  • Chris

    What a beautiful tribute, Megs. I always thought that Oscar de la Renta was one of the most “french” American designers (I hope that makes sense). His creations were always stunningly beautiful. Also, how nice for you that you could actually meet him.
    My thoughts are with his family and good friends. He will be missed.

    • AmandaF

      I thought he was Dominican?

      • He was, but I think Chris was alluding to the beauty and craftsmanship in his designs

      • Chris

        Yes I was! :-) I was referring to the beauty, the craftsmanship, his whole styling. Sorry for causing confusion.

  • ElainePG

    Megs, this is such a nice tribute. I was catching up on tPF in bed last night on my iPad, and came upon your article; that was how I learned that Oscar de la Renta had died. After I read your piece, I went to the New York Times and read their in-depth article (which they had obviously prepared months earlier). While theirs had more facts, yours was so much more personal and deeply moving. Your article said so much more, with far fewer words… the sign of truly fine writing. Thank you for bringing us into his world.

    • Elaine, thank you for your sweet comments. Oscar was loved by so many and knew so many, I wanted to share a little glimpse of the man I adored like so many others and keep it about him. He was just magical!

  • Elisa

    Lovely tribute!

  • Rashmi

    Lovely tribute! I think it is every woman’s DREAM to wear an Oscar de la renta dress! He certainly knew women and their desires when it comes to sartorial choices. I hope his design house will continue to create stunning gowns! What a great inspiration!

    Megs, do you know of any good ODLR Coffee Table Books?