Since news of Oscar de la Renta's death broke Monday evening, the fashion world has come out in droves with words or remembrance, support and grief. Now, representatives from his namesake company have released a statment of their own.
The handwritten letter, which was posted to the de la Renta website on Tuesday morning, reads as follows:
We write to let you know that Oscar passed away last night at home in Connecticut surrounded by family, friends and more than a few dogs.
He died exactly as he lived: with tremendous grace, great dignity and very much on his own terms.
While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much with us. Oscar's hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company. All that we have done, and all that we will do is inspired by his values and his spirit. Through Oscar's example, we know the way forward. We will make Oscar very proud of us in continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much.
We are working on the formal arrangements to celebrate Oscar's life. As those plans are finalized, we will let you know.
In the meantime, thank you for your friendship, loyalty and support.
Alex and Iliza
Our thoughts are with the entire de la Renta family at this time.