Within fashion, I’ve come to admittedly feel a bit of a disconnect. So many aspects of the fashion industry can seem shallow, a game of “follow the leader,” and even sometimes judgmental. However, there was one designer that piqued my interest in fashion years ago, just as I was entering my teenage years; that designer was Oscar de la Renta. The moment I set my sights on one of his looks, I didn’t know that it was his design; I simply knew that something special had been created, something I had to know more about. It didn’t take me long to learn it was Oscar’s Spring 2009 collection. Soon after, I was wanting to know more about fashion, seeing the artistic aspects that fashion can offer, and more.
Despite that I’ve often felt a disconnect with some aspects of fashion, Oscar’s designs were and still are something I can point to and say, “wow, someone created something that beautiful.” It was never a trend, never a name– “why yes, Oscar”– to be dropped. Oscar’s designs looked as though they could easily have been a painting hung upon a wall at perhaps the Louvre; it was a magical expression of his creativity, a one-of-a-kind creativity. While I don’t have enough words to express what I, and many others, are feeling at the moment, I can say that the world lost a great talent and kind soul today. So much of our world is filled with technology grabbing our attention, news that we truly wish wasn’t true… but creations such as the ones Oscar created were a ray of sunlight and a reminder that beauty does exist both within the world and within people. Rest in peace, Oscar, and thank you so very much.