Black fashion’s love affair with the great Oscar de la Renta


An homage to the “King of the Red Carpet”  Oscar de la Renta, famed as the go-to guru for first lady fashion and red carpet glam, has died at the age of 82. The Dominican born designer has left behind a legacy of signature gowns full of feminine flare, sexiness and glamour that neither America nor the rest of the world could ignore. His spring/summer ’15 fashion show (sadly his last collection) was full of rich colour, beautiful floral patterns and feminine silhouettes; a eulogy in itself to Oscar. From the White House to award ceremonies, the fashion house of Oscar de la Renta has been the choice for Hollywood and the fashion elite.

At AFRONOIRE we celebrate the iconic designer as only we know how…with a nod to the black women who wore Oscar’s creations oh so well. It’s a fashion design master class meets a fashion styling dream. Here’s to the magical, the extraordinary, and simply the fashion that Oscar de la Renta has gifted to the world.

Ever the beauty, actress Lupita Nyong’o is edgy in this black strapless peplum by Oscar de La Renta, as she dined at the White House earlier this year / Photo Source: Playbuzz

The beautiful Kerry Washington looking fresh and feminine in a pastel Oscar de la Rents design to the 44th Annual NACCP Image Awards / Photo Source:

It isn’t just actresses who love Oscar’s dresses. Superstar Rihanna glowed at the 2011 Brit Awards in a white sweetheart neckline dress designed with popping red roses that complimented her fire red hair / Photo Source:

Model and entrepreneur Iman wearing a signature full skirt Oscar de la Renta gown at the 2009 American Ballet Theatre Gala / Photo Source:

Oprah Winfrey and her plus one, Oscar himself, at 2010Met Ball looking stunning in a blue ruffled skirt dress by the designer  / Photo Source: