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R.I.P. Oscar De La Renta

Oscar De La Renta, born in the Dominican Republic on July 22, 1932, died last night at age 82. De la Renta’s company executives Alex and Eliza Bolen said that the designer died surrounded by family, friends, and "more than a few dogs."

"While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much us," they said via a statement. "Oscar's hard work, his intelligence, and his love of life are at the heart of our company.

All that we have done, and all that we will do, is informed by his values and his spirit. Through Oscar's example we know the way forward. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much."

De la Renta is survived by his wife, Annette, and his adopted son Moises, a designer at his label.
"We will always remember him as the man who made women look and feel beautiful"
-former first lady Laura Bush said late Monday night. De la Renta designed the wedding dress for her daughter, Jenna.

Taylor Swift shared a photo of her stunning Met Gala gown, which she wore in May, via Instagram, captioning the picture,
"My all-time favorite designer has passed away. Oscar, it was an honor to wear your creations and to know you. In loving memory."

Jennifer Lawrence wore one of the designer's less formal dresses last night to Elle's Women In Hollywood celebration.

Jamie Lee Curtis, pays tribute to de la Renta via Twitter, with the message, 
"I've worn Oscar de la Renta's signature fragrance my whole adult life. It is like his designs & life. Classic, soft, feminine & elegant. RIP Jamie Lee Curtis."

Supermodel Karlie Kloss thanked the late fashion designer for 
"helping me become the woman I am today" adding, "the world lost one of the most extraordinary people that I have ever met."

Actress and model Padma Lakshmi also paid tribute, calling de la Renta, 
"a true, master craftsman and gentleman," 

Ivanka Trump named him 
"one of the greatest fashion icons of all time."
 For singer Gloria Estefan, the news was very personal.
 "RIP iconic designer Oscar De La Renta,” 
 "a big part of 3 of my life's biggest moments.”

Alyssa Milano and Lisa Rinna both paid their respects by sharing their favorite de la Renta quote: 
"Walk like you have three men walking behind you."

Rita Wilson thanked the late fashion icon for 
"adding such beauty to the world, along with elegance, class and grace."

Fellow designer Rachel Roy shared a snap of herself at an event with de la Renta, writing, 
"Devastated. A true class act, gentleman, legendary genius." 
She then shared another memorable de la Renta quote: 
“The qualities I admire in women are confidence and kindness"

Naomi Campbell – who was hired by the designer in the early stages of her career – described him as a “gentleman of fashion”, also sharing a photo of herself on his catwalk with the caption
"The Gentleman of Fashion you will always be !!! R I P oscarprgirl oscarprgirl #Oscar de la Renta"

Designer Marc Jacobs tweeted 
"We lost a fashion icon. Thoughts & prayers for family, friends, & all at Oscar de la Renta. We'll miss you Oscar!"

Diane von Furstenberg added: 
“Oscar de la Renta was a wonderful designer, a true Renaissance man. His voice will continue to sing in our hearts. Love Diane”

Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman spoke of the designer’s enduring talent and legacy.

“Of all the designers in the world, Oscar de la Renta was the most reliable at designing clothes that made you feel beautiful,” Shulman said on this morning.

“He stuck to his conviction about how women should look - elegant, joyful, feminine - no matter how fashion changed, but his designs never felt old or hackneyed. If you wore one of Oscar's dresses you felt you looked your best, which is one of the reasons that he was so often a first choice for ball gowns, weddings and public appearances throughout the world.”


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