BY ALYX GORMAN
The man responsible for a style of dressing that we now know universally as “tasteful” has died.
Oscar De La Renta was an icon of American fashion design, and without his vision royalty the world over (both the Hollywood and blue blooded kind), would be entirely without a blue print for how to dress.
Instead of knee-legnth, A-line dresses, topped with prim coats (that often match) and delightfully quaint little hats, Duchess Catherine might be living in tulle underskirts as daywear – ala Grace Kelly – or stuck with her mother in law’s lashings of brightly coloured duchess satin.
In his creations for Jacqueline Kennedy, and every single subsequent First Lady, Oscar De La Renta set the tone for how we expect women in decorative but auspicious positions to dress.
The prim, feminine dresses he created for Jacqueline Kennedy – often finished with an elegant bow – seem so natural to the eye now that it’s easy to forget what a revelation they were at the time. Kennedy was known for her love of French fashion, and De La Renta was the only American she’d make an exception for.