Oscar de la Renta, the father to American fashion, famed for his glamourous red carpet gowns, died on October 20th at the age of 82. “I’m not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes,” said the iconic designer back in 1963 and he sure lived by his word.
For more than six decades, his commitment to feminine elegance brought a magical touch to countless A-listers of stage and screen. The designer created beautifully elegant gowns, catering to all age groups and fit for occasions ranging from high society parties to the Oscars and Tonys.
Even in his final days, he was the go-to designer for celebrity brides and socialites who flocked to his rich, ever-feminine designs, which radiated wealth and style. The final iconic moment in his long and beautiful journey would be him dressing human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin for her wedding to actor George Clooney.
The fashion world has lost a truly remarkable talent. During Paris Fashion Week in September, the house of de la Renta announced that Peter Copping, designer of Nina Ricci, will take the design reins – Copping sure has some big shoes to fill.
We look back at the best looks by the fame designer pulled off greatly by chic chanteuses as we pay a little ode to de le Renta’s unmatched legacy.
Amy Adams paraded out her own Oscar—Oscar de la Renta, that is—wearing a breathtaking princess ball-gown by the famed designer at the Oscars 2013. “The powdery blue colour of this confection could have merged into the background, but not with its extravagant design that featured fluffy layers of feathery tulle that trailed several feet behind her,” said Zoyaa Mahmood, Fashion Analyst at Daraz.pk.
Blake Lively never fails to impress with her sartorial choices. She looked pretty in pink at the Berlin Film Festival in 2009. She wore a long light pink Oscar de la Renta dress, cinched above her waist with a big red ribbon belt, giving her an effortlessly feminine look.
Cameron Diaz was the epitome of glamour in a flowing Oscar de la Renta bejeweled gown at the Oscars 2013. The champagne tulle gown was covered with gold paillette embroidery and was simply jaw-dropping. Letting her dress do the talking she left accessories to a bare minimum but brightened her look with a bold ruby pout.
Elle Fanning has to be the most stylish 15-year-old we know. The young actor looked nothing short of a princess as she walked the red carpet of the British Independent Film Awards in 2013. The fashion darling showed off her ethereal side in a gorgeous floral Oscar de la Renta gown, which was most certainly age-appropriate and chic. The light pink organza embroidered gown had a bell-shaped skirt and a fitted bodice, working tremendously with her nude Oscar de la Renta pumps.
We are big big fans of Emma Watson and it isn’t just because of her endearing character Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series, we have developed a huge style crush on her too. At the premiere of Noah, the actor channeled Old Hollywood, wearing an Oscar de la Renta Fall 2014 black duchess-satin gown featuring a chic V-back, velvet bow and layered train.
Freida Pinto brought just the right amount of drama to Cannes 2014 with her gorgeous Oscar de la Renta couture gown. The well-structured deep coral gown with gold sequin embroidery featured a sweetheart neckline and rise and fall hemline, letting her show off her chic metallic heels.
Lea Michele hit a sartorial high note at the 2011 Golden Globes, as she did in another Oscar de le Renta gown in the preceding year. The one-shoulder pink gown, with a ruffled neckline and dramatic train was an absolute stunner on the red carpet.
At the 2004 Oscars, Penelope Cruz wore an iridescent yellow silk Oscar de la Renta gown and absolutely nailed the look. It isn’t easy to pull off a colour such as that, but the actor and designer sure made it work.
Another pretty pink in Oscar de la Renta’s red carpet arsenal is Taylor Swift’s stunning gown at the Met Gala 2014. Swift is always a fashion winner – be it her red carpet looks or a casual day at the park – and she sure wooed the onlookers with this gorgeous number that had intricate detailing and a long train getting her the brownie points
Zooey Deschanel is hands down the cutest/quirkiest person on screen and she sure takes her red carpet looks very seriously. Showing up with beautiful looks at award shows one after the other, the blue-eyed beauty completely bowled us over in a red Oscar de la Renta gown at the Emmy awards 2013.