New York Fashion Week wraps up tonight, and with it goes our American Designer series. Last but not least, we present to you Oscar de la Renta. Although from the Dominican Republic, he is considered an American designer, a fact that no stylish woman could deny.
Oscar de la Renta may not have invented elegance, but he did help define it. For fifty years the designer has been outfitting the world’s elite, from celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker to stateswomen like Hillary Clinton with his poised and polish pieces, be they silk organza skirts, finely laced boleros or luxuriously rich evening gowns.
What else would you expect from a man who was taught by Cristóbal Balenciaga and has designed for such prestigious fashion houses as Lanvin and Balmain? In fact, he was the first Dominican designer to have designed for a French couture house under Balmain, a task he undertook throughout the 90s while still at the helm of his own namesake house. The scope of de la Renta’s brand has expanded to include ready-to-wear, bridal, children’s, home decor, fragrances, beauty and, of course, couture. Currently his impact on the fashion industry is being celebrated at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, in an exhibit titled Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style. Judging by how timeless his pieces are, we deem he’ll be designing for five decades more.
Tina wears an Oscar de la Renta cropped sweater with a Laura Biagiotti knitted faux pony hair skirt and silver Casadei sandals with a black and white print insole and a white heel.