On Thursday, legendary Oscar de la Renta was honored by the U.S. Postal Service with eleven commemorative Forever stamp designs. At the ceremony were CNN anchor and journalist, Anderson Cooper, Vogue’s editor in chief, Anna Wintour, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg among many other friends of Oscar. It was a special tribute to such a talented man that the fashion industry respected and was loved by the world. He was a proud Dominican and Latino and wherever he went he talked about his people, culture and country with honor and humility.
“I know Oscar would have loved these stamps. He delighted in color and pattern, in refinement and in fit, and his designs reflected his personality, optimistic and fun and sunny and romantic,” said Anna Wintour. Then Clinton who took to the podium to close the ceremony said, “The Postal Service’s choice of this immigrant who did so much for our country, his country, truly is what it means when we say, “USA Forever.” Who we are, what we stand for. And let there be many, many more immigrants with the love of America that Oscar de la Renta exemplified every single day”.
Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off on September 15th and it goes without saying that latinos have an impressive relationship with the world of fashion. Shall we begin the name dropping? Let’s start with fashion legends like Carolina Herrera, Isabel Toledo, Oscar de la Renta, Angel Sanchez, Francisco Costa, Narciso Rodriguez and Cristobal Balenciaga. These are just a few of the long list of big latino designers that are world re-known. They have set the bar pretty high for the newer generation of design talent. Even latin celebrity-turned-fashion designers like Thalia, Jennifer Lopez and Eva Mendes have found success diving into the fashion retail business. They currently sell their collections in stores like Macy’s, Kohls and New York & Company. Besides appealing to a mass market, they are also providing consumers quality and on-trend fashion at a fraction of a price. In the modeling world, Brazil has shined with names like Gisele, Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio. Let’s just say that list from Brazil is continuously growing. Today some other notable latina models hitting the runways are Joan Smalls and plus-size model from Puerto Rico, Denise Bidot and Lineisy Montero from the Dominican Republic. Fashion is only a portion of the many industries where latinos have grown and made a difference all the while keeping a strong work ethic and never forgetting their culture and roots. We only hope that we continue to see a rise with diversity in an industry that is global and multi-faceted. One Style at a Time salutes the Hispanic Community and all the men and women that have introduced us to their impressive creative talent. Who are some of your favorite latin fashion designers and models?
LINEISY MONTERO, MODEL