Oscar de la Renta passed away on Monday (Oct. 20), leaving behind a legacy of style embraced by the likes of Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw (and the actress who played her, Sarah Jessica Parker), pop star Taylor Swift, Amal Alamuddin Clooney and more.
The Dominican-born designer was 82, and while he was known for his eye-catching red-carpet designs, he will also be remembered for his words of wisdom.
The American icon was known for speaking candidly about his concepts of beauty, women, style and what makes a life worth living.
Today (Oct. 21), Suzanne Rogers wrote a goodbye letter to Oscar for Flare magazine. The Toronto philanthropist brought the designer to Toronto in 2010 for a charity fashion show and the two had remained friends since.
“We spoke about his adopted son and his late first wife, about his passion for the orphanage he founded in the Dominican Republican (where he was born), and about the solace he found at his private retreat there,” Suzanne writes. “I was honoured that he shared these memories with me.”