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Oscar de la Renta – along with his hearty humour, whimsical wit and uncanny knack for conjuring up the most covetable of couture creations – will be dearly missed.

The legendary Dominican-American designer died today aged 82 of cancer.

Fashion observers will surely agree that it was Oscar’s incredibly intuitive feel for the feminine silhouette that has cemented his status as an enduring style icon for the ages.

Indeed, his popularity with the high society set and celeb circles alike – his fans spanned First Ladies Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton; Sarah Jessica Parker to Lea Michele – must have had a great deal to do with his genius in making women feel good about themselves.

Over and above his technical triumph and singular dexterity as a draper of the female form, Oscar was a ladies’ man of the highest order, a rakish party-rouser with swarthy Latin good looks, always armed with a debonair grin and flanked by the most fabulous of women.

We’ll sign off with Karlie Kloss’ affectionate ode to Oscar: “There is no one on earth who makes a woman feel more beautiful than Oscar de la Renta.” Your work will live on, old sport.