"I want to make clothes that people will wear, not styles that will make a big splash on the runway."
A favourite of the fashion world and Hollywood heavyweights like Sarah Jessica Parker, Emma Watson and Sandra Bullock (and the man behind Amal Clooney's two stunning wedding looks), Oscar's passing elicited an outpouring of tributes from famous fans on social media.
Silver screen starlet Zoe Saldana lead the tributes on Twitter, writing: "Iconic legendary genius, gone but definitely not forgotten #OscarDeLaRenta. My heart goes out to the De La Renta family. –ZS".
Fellow designers were also quick to praise the late star.
Zac Posen wrote: "RIP legend #OscarDeLaRenta", while Cristian Siriano said: "Very sad to hear of the passing of Oscar de la Renta. He was a master, and an inspiration to me and so many other artists. He made beauty".