Legendary designer Oscar de la Renta has died
奥斯卡·德拉伦塔，时尚界最受女性欢迎的美国传奇设计师之一，在和癌症病魔抗争多年后于昨晚（10月20日，美国东海岸时间）逝世，享年82岁。他的拉丁风格、对女性时尚的热爱、强烈的色彩感以及无可挑剔、充满幽默的社交能力使他成为了自Betty Ford（贝蒂·福特）时代以来为美国第一夫人定制服装最多的“第一设计师“。Michelle Obama（米歇尔·奥巴马）就曾身着他设计的礼服出席在白宫举办的时尚讲堂。在这些第一夫人中， Nancy Reagan（南希·里根）、Hilary Clinton（希拉里·克林顿）和Laura Bush（劳拉·布什）对Oscar de la Renta最为青睐。
One of the world's most legendary fashion designers, Oscar de la Renta, died Monday. He was 82.
De la Renta's health was described earlier this month by the New York Times as "precarious." He had cancer in 2006, and at his women's wear show in September looked "frail."
Known for dressing celebrities, stateswomen and fashionistas of all kinds, de la Renta's most recent famous moment came when he designed Amal Clooney's wedding dress just last month.
But the Dominican Republic-born designer, the only son of seven children in a middle-class household in Santo Domingo, really made a name for himself in the 1960s when he dressed Jacqueline Kennedy.
He launched his ready-to-wear label in 1965 in New York.
Along with being a favorite of the Ladies-Who-Lunch crowd, the always tanned and smiling de la Renta was popular on the red carpet. Through the years, his elegant yet showy creations were worn by celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Lea Michele, Jennifer Garner, Sarah Jessica Parker and many more.
Politicos loved him, too. He dressed first lady Nancy Reagan in the 1980s, and provided the gowns for inaugural events for both Hillary Clinton in 1997 and Laura Bush in 2005. Michelle Obama, who had irked the designer by not wearing his clothes throughout her seven years as First Lady, finally wore one of his dresses this month.
Last year at a New York City's 92Y "Fashion Talks" event, Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Executive Director Fern Mallis called him "the sultan of suave." At that event, he spoke of his cancer, saying, "Yes, I had cancer. Right now, I am totally clean. The only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die. We always think we are going to live forever. The dying aspect we will never accept. The one thing about having this kind of warning is how you appreciate every single day of life."
De la Renta was married twice. His first wife, Francoise de Langlade, died in 1983, of bone cancer. Shortly after her death, he adopted a son from an orphanage in his native country. In 1989, he married socialite Annette Engelhard Reed, 74.
On Oct. 13, the de la Renta design house announced it had named Peter Copping as creative director.
As news spread of his death Monday night, fans and friends reacted, remembering the fashion icon as a star and a gentleman.
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Oscar de la Renta," said Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton in a lengthy statement. "His singular talent and exquisite taste elevated American fashion, and his warmth and friendship will be missed by our family and all whose lives he touched in his extraordinary journey."
Laura Bush also noted the designer's passing. "George and I are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend, Oscar de la Renta. We will miss Oscar's generous and warm personality, his charm, and his wonderful talents."