Oscar de la Renta

RIP Oscar de la Renta.


The man who died Monday at the age of 82 was as much an icon as some of the celebrities he dressed over the years. From haute couture to causal wear, his name became synonymous with glamour and style. After he spent decades making the beautiful all the more so, he became a part of the zeitgeist.

The following are five examples of the designer’s influence on pop culture.

1. On the small screen

Fans of “Sex and the City” often tuned in as much for the style lessons as for the spicy plotlines.

Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw helped put Manolo Blahnik shoes on the map and had viewers trying to emulate some of her looks. Devotees can quote from season six when Bradshaw’s artist boyfriend, Aleksandr Petrovsky (Mikhail Baryshnikov), casually mentions his friendship with de la Renta.

“Oscar? You … you call him Oscar?” Carrie asks Aleksandr, stunned.

He later gifts her with an Oscar de la Renta dress, scoring points with us all.

2. In the music industry

Hip-hop often finds rappers waxing about luxury.

So it’s no surprise that more than a few incorporated the designer into their lyrics. Whether it’s Nicki Minaj musing about being “front row at Oscar de la Renta” or Kanye West’s clever word play — “especially if she can’t get that dress from Oscar de la Renta they wouldn’t rent her” — many artists used his name to express the good life.

3. With the movers and shakers

His fashions were a favorite of this country’s first ladies from Jacqueline Kennedy to Hillary Clinton, and he continued to draw the rich and powerful even in his later years.

Celebs like Beyonce and Victoria Beckham were often spotted at his shows, and some, like Oprah Winfrey, clamored to be photographed with the man who dressed them so elegantly.

4. At the movies

Who can forget the scene in “The Devil Wears Prada” in which Meryl Streep as fashion editor Miranda Priestly explains to her assistant Andy Sachs (played by Anne Hathaway) how high fashion filters down to the masses — including the blue sweater she is wearing.

“You’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns,” the tough-as-nails Priestly says. “And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent, wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets? And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin.”

5. Among the people

His jeans were hot in the 1980s, and his brand encompasses everything from fragrance to sleepwear. Though his name often showed up in the media for designing Amal Clooney’s wedding gown or dressing stars on the red carpet, de la Renta’s style was also available to the much less famous.

For that, we’ll all remember him.

Article from cnn.com

Here are some of my favorite’s from de la Renta.

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