Sad news this evening as reports are surfacing that legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has passed away at the age of 82. The designer just recently named a new creative director to his namesake label, Peter Copping, formerly of Nina Ricci, who will show his first collection for the brand in February.
This story is still developing. De la Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, though it is still unclear if that is the cause of his death.
The fashion world has lost a true talent and an icon, one of the most celebrated and prominent designers today.
UPDATE: Oscar de la Renta’s stepdaughter and son-in-law Eliza and Alex Bolen have released a handwritten statement on their website mourning the late designer. “He died exactly as he lived: with tremendous grace, great dignity, and very much on his own terms.”
Oscar de la Renta’s final Ready-to-Wear collection: