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Oscar De La Renta Quotes

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta quotes: insight from the former fashion mogul.

“Be the designer of your own destiny.”

“You don’t need an introduction to succeed in life. You need to have good work. Work hard. Believe in yourself.”

“Things never happen on accident. They happen because you have a vision, you have a commitment, you have a dream.”

“The day you say you don’t need to learn anymore is the day you have to start.”

“Coming to work everyday is like going to Disney World.”

“Good manners are always revealed in difficult times.”

“Every day there is a new client.”

“I love to compete. And rules were made to be broken.”

“Every day you have to reinvent yourself.”

“If you don’t move, you get stale.”

“There is always an emotional element to anything that you make.”

“Online media is increasingly influential.”

“Although I have no plans to tweet, I am fascinated by developments on the internet.”

“Accept your friends for who they are, not for who you want them to be.”

“We live in an era of globalization and the era of the woman. Never in the history of the world have women been more in control of their destiny.”

“The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness.”

“What women have achieved in the last 50 years, I wish men would have achieved in the last 100.”

“Elegance is a discipline of life.”

“The most important beauty is not that with which you were born, but the beauty of character which grows through life and maybe never stops growing.”

“Fashion is about the present and the immediate future. I think in terms of now. Fashion is full of possibilities.”

“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself. The essence of style is how you live your life. It is about being comfortable in your own skin.”

“The codes of being a modern lady: at the heart of each collection is the idea of a modern lady. She is completely in control of her life and her destiny. This is a woman with an extraordinarily busy life and a woman who knows exactly what she wants.”

“Being well dressed hasn’t much to do with having good clothes. It’s a question of good balance and good common sense.”

“It’s not about what you wear, but about how you live your life.”

“Luxury to me is not about buying expensive things; it’s about living in a way where you appreciate things.”

“When I was a boy, my mother was a tremendous influence in my life. She was quite controlling, always very protective of me. But at the same time, she encouraged me hugely. I loved drawing, ever since I was a boy, and desperately wanted to be a painter.”

“My father wanted me to take over his insurance business, as the only son, but my mother helped me—and ultimately, made the kind of sacrifice only a mother will make. She had multiple sclerosis, and was very sick (although I didn’t know how sick) and she forced my father to send me to art school in Spain, knowing she’d probably never see me again. Which is what happened. So, in a way, I owe everything to her. I always say that my mother’s revenge is that by the time my father died, I was making far more money than him!”

“I love designing. Every piece is special. I find so much joy in the work that I do.”

“My Latin heritage has influenced me never to hold back.”

“My job as a designer is to make a woman feel her very best.”

“I consider myself as a ‘good swimmer’ in business terms.”

“I always say that I have the memory of a mosquito. I don’t ever look back, but always look forward. My best work lies ahead of me.”

“I am three times the age of anyone working here in the studio, although I feel far younger than any of them. I always wonder what will happen to the business beyond my life, not that I ever want to think of death. I would love to think I am immortal, but the only reality in life is one day you’re born and one day you die. Now I see a continuity to my brand and my name beyond my lifespan.”

“Gore Vidal and I were talking about Truman Capote and what a genius he was at the time when he was writing really great books and how one day that talent was no longer there. Gore said, ‘You know, you have to exercise your craft on a daily basis. Every day I sit at my typewriter and write. Some things go straight to the wastepaper basket, some things I keep, and some things I might look at a few years down the road. I do it everyday because it can slowly slip away.'”

“My hope is that I can ensure the right design future for our company and brand.”

“I’m a very restless person. I’m always doing something. The creative process never stops.”

“There is no real secret to my success. I love what I’m doing and I work hard at it. I have spent over forty years learning about our customer and how to make clothes well. For me, my great joy and pleasure is being at work, and being in my studio designing a collection.”

“I think the greatest reward I have is getting up and going to work each day. I love what I do.”

“Getting older is having more experience and therefore getting better. For me, there is no age and one has always to look forward and, obviously, work every day. Going to work is still like it is for a child going into a candy store.”

“I love to live well, I love to eat well, I love to buy beautiful things, and to give a fantastic time to my friends.”

“I am able to give back and also support the arts, my other true passion.”

“Excess is not really something I consider a bad thing; especially when you are talking about living.”

“My great strength is knowing who I am and where I come from.”

“The only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die. We always think we are going to live forever. The dying aspect we will never accept. The one thing about having this kind of warning is how you appreciate every single day of life.”

“I’ve lived every day to the fullest, and I’ve had a marvelous time. I’ve tried to be nice to the people I care about, and ignore the ones I don’t. I enjoy what I’ve done.”

“I’m a happy fellow. I feel very privileged, lucky, that I have had a wonderful life. And that I have been always allowed to do what I love.”

“I would like better to be known as the Godfather of Fashion, with all the implications that that word has.”

“You have to appreciate every single day that you’re alive. Life is a little bit like a garden: you have to find time to plant the seeds for beautiful flowers to grow.”

“Love. Be curious. Always try to do your best.”

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