“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.These words belong to a talented representative of the fashion industry, a master of his craft, a man with a rare taste and an unusually subtle sense of beauty – American fashion designer Oscar de la Renta who built an internationally recognized brand through charm and grace.
The handsome Dominican dreamed of a life full of interesting adventures. But one incident unexpectedly turned yesterday’s student into one of the most famous designers in the world.
It all happened because of one dress. A student of the Madrid Academy of Fine Arts received a proposal to create a graduation gown for his friend – the daughter of the American ambassador in Spain. Oscar was most surprised when the girl appeared in this dress for the cover of “Life” magazine.
This unexpected twist of fate changed his life. The dress made a real sensation, and a flurry of calls and messages fell on Oscar. Some admired the work, others left an order to create for them no less bright and grandiose dress.This fact helped him to emerge from the shadows and shine.
In 1961, the young designer was trying to get closer and closer to international fashion.So, on his way to success, in 1967, the famous brand Oscar de la Renta came to life. For his first collection in 1967, the designer took the traditional Spanish flamenco costume as the basis. Decorated it with abstract prints and oriental elements. It was followed by a similar collection of outfits but in a gypsy style of unusual fabrics and bright embroidery. Later, the designer became interested in the avant-garde fashion of the 70s. Oscar de la Renta was inspired by unusual accessories and clothes with bright elements in the form of mini-dresses, embroidered sweaters that flowed into ethnic-fashion.
Also, he was one of the first who actively began to promote trousers, as an element of not just everyday fashion, but a full-fledged evening dress.
The first demonstration of accessories from Oscar de la Renta was held in 2001.The company engaged not only in the production of bags, shoes, belts but also in the creation of exquisite cosmetics, jewelry, fur products, scarves, sleep wears, and home clothes.
The company Oscar de la Renta offered men trousers, jackets and suits in a free style. A special line of sportswear has also been developed specifically for Latin America.
2002 opened a new collection called “Oscar de la Renta Home”. A wide assortment of all household goods was presented here: from furniture to aromas. Decorative fabrics, tablecloths, carpets, linens, wallpapers and much more were offered by a famous fashion brand so that buyers could bring their home to perfection.
One of the most beautiful collections of the Oscar de la Renta, was the fall / winter 2002 collection, which is called Russian Winter. Models on the catwalk showed exquisite outfits, and fur items acted as additional accessories. This show has become significant in the history of fashion, because after this collection the fashion designer said that he was leaving the world of fashion.
A separate direction of Oscar de la Renta’s creativity is engaged in the production of wedding dresses. Every fashion season, brides and wedding representatives look forward to a new collection of wedding dresses by the American brand. The wedding fashion of the designer adopted the main style of the fashion brand – expensive luxurious fabrics, hand embroidery and only clear concise silhouettes of the outfit. The range of luxurious dresses is wide enough, where the girls can choose a dress for every taste – romantic, modern, short and even urban.
In addition, the first stars of the world especially love perfume fragrances, which are released under the brand of the same name. For example, the classic perfume “Red Orchid” has become a popular women’s fragrance and has found many fans.
Any collection of Oscar de la Renta is the embodiment of femininity and luxury. A distinctive feature of the design of this brand’s items are vivid drawings and ethnic motifs. For many years, the designer was inspired by the Hollywood images of the 20s and Parisian motifs of the 80s. The brand, like no other, allows you to feel the immense and elusive connection between eras and generations while remaining modern.
Today, the Oscar de la Renta creates not only haute couture collections, but also clothes for everyday life. The de la Renta collections include both expensive exquisite reptile leather handbags and simple linen exemplars. However, chic outfits still play a significant role. Dresses of all styles made of silk or satin, tight-fitting figure or lush – women feel like queens in each of them.
Oscar de la Renta dresses are a frequent choice among Hollywood stars and other trendsetters. Feminine, elegant, luxurious and ultramodern outfits flawlessly adorn the red carpet and social events. Fashion house ‘Oscar de la Renta’ every year show their collections of expensive wedding dresses and outfits ready-to-wear. After his death, in 2014, Oscar certainly left his mark on the history of fashion, demonstrating an original and distinctive vision in the field of clothing modeling.
The fashion house continues to create, leaving the master’s subtle, refined and luxurious style unchanged. A mixture of cultures in a unique style – this is the main characteristic feature of Oscar de la Renta.