Oscar de la Renta Latin Romanticism

Oscar de la Renta was born in 1932 in the Dominican Republic. 

His feminine style – filled with colorful, embroidered, flowery and hispanic-influenced silk and satin dresses – is know to turn heads and light up the red carpets with flashes. From Nancy Reagan to Hilary Clinton, to Emma Watson, Amy Adams and Sarah Jessica Parker, his dresses are a key element to any Met Gala, Oscar or Golden Globes award show or afterparty. 

Oscar de la Renta started a painting career in Madrid in 1951, and became a fashion illustrator for Balenciaga six years later, before moving to New York in the early 60s. With Diana Vreeland - Vogue’s Editor in Chief – whispering in his ears, De la Renta launched his first couture collection. In 65, he founded, with associate Jane Derby, his own fashion house. His name appeared instantly in the iconic magazine, and on every lips. De la Renta’s fame grew relentlessly, to the point where he was appointed Artistic Director of Balmain in 1992. During the decade he spent directing the Fashion House, he was even given the French Légion d’Honneur, and continued to open doors for his brand, creating ready-to-wear, wedding, children, cosmetics and home lines.

After his passing in 2014, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, the designer’s close collaborators, were named heads of  creation.

For Fall/Winter 2017 Kim and Garcia unveiled their first Oscar de la Renta collection seconds after their own label’s presentation, Monse. 

As models floated down the catwalk, the core of De la Renta’s creation seemed present in every way:  from florals to textured materials, from princess gowns that unveil the ankles to gold hints that catch the light, the quintessence of femininity was undeniable, all in vibrant colors. The in-depth reflection on the brand’s DNA comes alive through bold and graphic bustiers, slick coats and pants, and asymmetrical necklines and trains.