In sad news for the sartorial world, innovative designer Oscar de la Renta passed away at the age of 82 in Kent, Connecticut, his family confirmed to ABC News. Known for his use of luxurious and colorful fabrics, de la Renta began designing as a teenager after he became an apprentice to Cristobal Balenciaga when he left his home country of the Dominican Republic to study art in Spain. Before starting his own line,he worked for Elizabeth Arden and Jane Derby in the 1960s. It was during this time that he became a couturier to Jacqueline Kennedy, and went on to design for every First Lady after her.
Beyond the line that carried his name, he worked for Balmain and Lanvin. In 2006, he added bridal wear to his label, most recently designing Amal Alamuddin‘s dress for her wedding to George Clooney. His creations became favorites of the rich and powerful, routinely dressing stars like Sarah Jessica Parker, Penelope Cruz and his close friend, Vogueeditor-in-chief Anna Wintour. It was recently announced that PeterCoppings, the former artistic director for Nina Ricci, would be taking over reigns as creative director of Oscar de la Renta, with his first collection to be unveiled in February.
Mr. de la Renta is survived by his wife Annette de la Renta, his stepchildren from his two marriages and an adopted son, Moises de la Renta. He also leaves behind an immense legacy and unforgettable fashions that still stand the test of time. Here are some of his most recent fabulous designs.
My entry into punk (somewhere around what, 11 years old maybe?) was Road To Ruin. Tommy had left the band already but he co-produced that record with Ed Stasium. To this day it’s one of my top 5 of all time. But I quickly went back and discovered what came before it: Rocket to Russia, Leave Home and of course, Ramones. The Ramones really snapped my world at a very impressionable time. They were IT.
AfterKiss crapped out when Peter Criss left and before I found Joan Jett, it was all Ramones all the time. They summed up all the raw energy of New York and youth and being disaffected and not giving a fuck and being loud as fuck. I loved this band dearly and I still do. They helped me get through all the rough growing up stuff. Each time one of them passes is like punch in the gut.
Rest in peace, Tommy. Thank you for helping shape my life. I can’t believe all you originals are gone now…
You guys. It’s happening. The Rolling Stones are touring. Maybe. Probably. We’re pretty sure.
We’ve got a “1st Draft Tour Schedule” from StonesNews.com, which isn’t The Lort’s Godspell, but you should sign in to your Corporate Ticket Pimpstore JUST IN CASE to get in queue.
See if your city is listed — LOOK where the Stones are (MAYBE) playing their first date!
May 2 KeyArena, Seattle, WA May 4 Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA May 6 Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA May 9 United Center, Chicago, IL May 11 United Center, Chicago, IL (maybe) May 14 (or 19) Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON (or Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA) and/or (maybe) May 16 Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA (or May 15 TD Garden, Boston, MA) May 18 XL Center, Hartford, CT (or May 17 TD Garden, Boston, MA) May 21 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY May 24 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA May 27 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA May 30 (or 19) Verizon Center, Washington, DC
June 1 American Airlinesd Arena, Miami, FL (maybe) June 4 (or May 30) Time Warner Cable Center, Charlotte, NC or June 5 (or May 30) Phillips Arena, Atlanta, GA and/or (maybe) June 6 AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX or AA Center, Dallas, TX June 8 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV June (10 or) 11 Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA June (12 or) 13 Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA June 15 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV (or June 14 Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA) June 29 Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm, Pilton, UK July 6 Hyde Park, London, UK July 13 Hyde Park, London, UK (maybe) July 20 or 27 Plains of Abraham, Quebec City, QC
I’ve seen these boys live. Have you? I took my pretty-boy singer/songwriter son, Hunter to the 40 Licks Tour when he was in 6th grade. I don’t get super-starstruck, but when I saw Mick Jagger take the stage, my first thought was “ohmygod…I’m breathing the same AIR as MICK!“. I know, right? D O R K. I was flooded with images of The Ed Sullivan Show, Studio 54, Altamont, Andy Warhol, Maryanne, Bianca, Jerry, and the fact that I was THERE…with Hunter? Man.
I’ve said it before, but I felt like I was taking him to SCHOOL. This time, though, he was working on his Masters Degree.
I’m telling you people who laugh and make fun of the age of these legends. GO. Take it all in, and realize that we will NEVER see a band like this ever again.