Oscar de la Renta isn’t just one of the biggest names in the fashion world, he’s a force. Now 81, the designer born Óscar Arístides Ortiz de la Renta Fiallo in the Dominican Republic shows no sign of retiring. He’ll be front and center at UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Centers’s Designed for a Cure event on Thursday evening at the Ice Palace.
A highlight of the sold-out fundraising event will be a runway show featuring de la Renta’s designs. We grilled the style master who has created ultra feminine, sleekly embellished gowns for such A-listers as Sandra Bullock, Eva Longoria, Penelope Cruz and Anne Hathaway.
How would you describe South Floridian women and how they dress?
What I love most is that they embrace their femininity. They are passionate in life and are not intimidated by fashion. They love color, embroideries, and prints….I think that they have wonderful style.
Where are you getting your inspiration lately?
Women have always been my source of inspiration. The 21st century woman is unbelievable. We have to celebrate all that they have achieved in such a short period of time.
What trends are you seeing?
I am very inspired by our jewelry collection. For accessories, more is more. I think a beautiful pair of earrings that frame the face are very elegant.
Are current events changing fashion?
Today fashion is much more global. It’s not just about American fashion, or European fashion, it’s about a mixture of all different cultures and styles around the world. To be successful and have a staying power in the industry now, you must be able to design clothes for a global client, clothes that address many different lifestyles and cultural sensibilities.
What is a typical workday like for you?
No two days are ever the same, but every day is a learning process. On a day off, I love to garden. For me, it’s another way to create.
You could travel anywhere, and have. Where is your favorite place to vacation?
I love to visit Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic where I am from. It is very dear to my heart, and one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Do you enjoy watching celebrities on the red carpet during awards season?
I am lucky to dress many beautiful, powerful women. It is always the highest compliment as a designer when a woman chooses your dress.
What stars do you think have a great sense of style?
I love Sarah Jessica Parker. She is vibrant and joyful and breathes life into everything she wears.
What item that every woman should have in her closet?
A suit that fits perfectly.