Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died in Connecticut at the age of 82.
Oscar de La Renta, who most recently designed Amal Clooney’s wedding dress, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.
The Dominican-born fashion designer died at home Monday evening surrounded by family and friends and “more than a few dogs,” according to a handwritten statement signed by his stepdaughter Eliza Reed Bolen and her husband, Alex Bolen.
“While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much with us. Oscar’s hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company,” the statement said.
“All that we have done, and all that we will do, is informed by his values and his spirit. Through Oscar’s example we know the way forward. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much.”
Oscar de la Renta made his name in the early 1960s when the then first lady, Jackie Kennedy, frequently wore his designs
Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, Oscar de la Renta left home at 18 to study painting in Madrid, Spain.
He soon developed a love of fashion design and began an apprenticeship with Spain’s designer Cristobal Balenciaga.
Oscar de la Renta made his name in the early 1960s when the then first lady, Jackie Kennedy, frequently wore his designs. He launched his own label several years later.
The designer had been awarded the lifetime achievement award of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Oscar de la Renta was also involved in the fragrance and accessories business.
Karl Lagerfeld’s age has long been a mystery, but the Chanel designer has finally revealed that he is 77.
Inviting people to play a guessing game, Karl Lagerfeld held a 70th birthday bash in 2008 and a party celebrating his 79th four years later.
In an interview with Paris Match the white-haired Chanel creative director stated that his real birth date is September 10, 1935.
Karl Lagerfeld said that for decades he didn’t know exactly what year he was born.
Karl Lagerfeld’s age has long been a mystery, but the Chanel designer has finally revealed that he is 77
It was only when his mother died that he discovered it was 1935 and not 1938 as stated on documentation.
“[She] changed the [year]. It was easier to make a 3 or an 8 … I don’t know why she did it,” the fashion designer explained.
Karl Lagerfeld, who grew up in Hamburg, Germany, and is now based in Paris, is known for being a man who carefully crafts his public image.
His original name was Lagerfeldt, but he later changed it to Lagerfeld to make it sound more commercial.
Karl Lagerfeld is also likes to stick to a standard uniform consisting of dark sunglasses, a high-collared white shirt, and fingerless leather gloves.
He started his career in Paris as a teenager after entering a design competition and landing a job with Pierre Balmain. Today he leads the design teams at both Chanel and Fendi along with his own eponymous clothing label.
Outside of the fashion world, Karl Lagerfeld is said to enjoy learning languages and speaks fluent German, English, French and Italian. Other passions include antiques and photography and his pet cat Choupette.
Despite Karl Lagerfeld’s latest revelation regarding his age, Wikipedia and Voguepedia still state that he is 79 years old – leading some to question if he is telling the truth.
Fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer died at her home Sunday at the age of 81, according to Quattlebaum Funeral and Cremation Services.
Lilly Pulitzer’s tropical print dresses became a sensation in the 1960s when then-first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who attended boarding school with Pulitzer, wore one of the sleeveless shifts in a Life magazine photo spread.
The colorful revolution came as fashion shed its reliance on neutrals, and Lilly Pulitzer’s stuff was almost the housewife version of the more youthful mod look that was migrating from London.
To this day, the Lilly Pulitzer dress remains a popular, if not a necessary, addition to any woman’s closet.
Lilly Pulitzer’s tropical print dresses became a sensation in the 1960s when then-first lady Jacqueline Kennedy wore one of the sleeveless shifts in a Life magazine photo spread
“I designed collections around whatever struck my fancy… fruits, vegetables, politics, or peacocks! I entered in with no business sense. It was a total change of life for me, but it made people happy,” she told The Associated Press in March 2009.
Lilly Pulitzer’s dresses hung behind her juice stand and soon outsold her drinks.
The line of dresses that bore her name was later expanded to swimsuits, country club attire, children’s clothing, a home collection and a limited selection of menswear.
In 1966, The Washington Post reported that the dresses were “so popular that at the Southampton Lilly shop on Job’s Lane they are proudly put in clear plastic bags tied gaily with ribbons so that all the world may see the Lilly of your choice. It’s like carrying your own racing colors or flying a yacht flag for identification”.
But changing taste brought trouble. Lilly Pulitzer closed her original company in the mid-1980s after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The label was revived about a decade later after being acquired by Pennsylvania-based Sugartown Worldwide Inc. Lilly Pulitzer was only marginally involved in the new business but continued reviewing new prints from Florida.
Lilly Pulitzer retired from day-to-day operations in 1993, although she remained a consultant and a muse for the brand.
Sugartown Worldwide was bought by Atlanta-based Oxford Industries in 2010.
Sales of the Lilly Pulitzer brand were strong in the earnings period that ended February 2.
The brand’s revenue increased 26% to $29.1 million, according to Oxford Industries’ earnings report.
The company said last week it planned to add four to six new stores each year for its Lily Pulitzer brand.
Lilly Pulitzer was born Lilly McKim on November 10, 1931, to a wealthy family in Roslyn, New York.
In 1952, she married Pete Pulitzer, the grandson of newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, whose bequest to Columbia University established the Pulitzer Prize.
Lilly Pulitzer had three children in quick succession.
The Pulitzers divorced in 1969. Lilly Pulitzer’s second husband, Enrique Rousseau, died in 1993. She also had three grandchildren.