When I was a little girl, I was fascinated by Oscar de la Renta’s designs. I would grab my mother’s fashion magazines and stare at his ball gowns, admiring the ruffles and taffeta skirts. As I learned of his passing at 82, I was deeply saddened. It’s true I never met him but I hoped that some day I would. He inspired me not only with his creativity and his elegant, feminine and intricate dresses, but also with his philanthropy and entrepreneurship. A week before he passed he did something rarely seen in the design world: he named his successor.
- The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness.
- There is always an emotional element to anything that you make.
- Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.
- I always say: To be well dressed you must be well naked.
- Elegance is a discipline of life.
- Walk like you have three men walking behind you.
- There is no sound more feminine than a woman in a taffeta dress.
- The most important thing? Perfect lighting at all times.
- A woman makes an outfit her own with accessories.
- I love to compete. And rules were made to be broken.
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