On Monday, October 20, the fashion world lost one of its greatest players. Oscar de la Renta was widely celebrated for not only his exquisite designs worn by the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy, Michelle Obama, and nearly every Hollywood star, but also for his renowned character. Friends often described him as caring, generous, and incredibly happy. These apparent friends came by the dozen too; Oscar knew and loved everybody. He has been called New York’s most outstanding host. “He would ask the concierge to dinner rather than dine alone,” remembers Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. Oscar confirmed this notion in an interview last year, proclaiming, “I am not a loner. In fact, my Achilles’ heel is being alone.”
It is perhaps this deep adoration of company that drove the designer to sincerely get to know everyone he came across, celebrity or staff. Erika Bearman, more commonly known as Oscar PR Girl, has worked with him on the PR staff for several years and accredits her love of fashion to him. Echoing the sentiments of countless industry greats, Bearman has professed “everyone falls in love with him.”
As Oscar is mourned worldwide, it is important to remember his tremendously optimistic attitude. Although he will be dearly missed, allow his memory and famous words to reverberate in his spirit: “I always thought that in fashion, the most important thing is to move on. I really hate nostalgia. Appreciate every single day so much, and every single day becomes so much more important.” The man known for his simple elegance could not have summarized his life more gracefully.