Few designers have the power to truly take your breath away. Oscar de la Renta, however, has been doing exactly that, season after season, with his fairy-tale dresses and chic ladylike ensembles since 1965. What inspires him now? The 21st-century woman. ‘She is unbelievable,’ he says. ‘Today is the best time to be a designer because the woman you are dressing is completely in control of her life and her destiny. It makes our work much more exciting.’
With a world-class training in the ateliers of Balenciaga and Lanvin, de la Renta’s revered craftsmanship in couture is especially paramount in his SS14 collection. Showcasing the brand’s signature elements – full skirts, beautiful florals, delicate lace embroidery – each piece tells its own story, evoking the innocent debutante one moment, the powerful modern-day woman the next.
“Oscar completely understands who he is and who he is dressing….He’s never tried to be avant-garde or difficult . He just does really good clothes, never overtly sexy but attractive, colourful and feminine.”
Oscar de la Renta is a world-renowned fashion designer, revered for his couture-like ready-to-wear collections that have provided many a show-stopping moment on the red carpet. Since launching his eponymous line in 1965, the designer has developed successful bridal, fragrance and homeware collections that have established his reputation as one of the most successful and respected designers in the industry.