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Who Will Be The Successor of Oscar de la Renta?

The fashion clock is constantly ticking. This means that fads and come and go, your favorite runway seasons become a distant past, and in this case, aging designers say goodbye to their throne. The man who started his career training beneath Cristóbal Balenciaga and who had tenures at the hem of Lanvin and Balmain is looking someone fit to take over his empire. Oscar de la Renta, who is now 81-years-old, is looking for a worthy successor. Oscar has been described as “a comet on the American style scene” (Voguepedia) and is well-known for his overtly glamourous and dangerously debonair style. 

Some famous names are in the talks of becoming the new creative director at Oscar de la Renta. Designer names such as John Galliano, Olivier Theyskens and Prabal Gurung have been circling around the fashion world. It is obvious that de la Renta wants a top designer to take over the company as a creative director. With a constant game of fashion musical chairs and designers taking on the challenge of creating for two houses at the same time, sometimes in two different countries (ie. Alexander Wang and Balenciaga) the concern is, if de la Renta wants someone who is solely dedicated to the brand, or someone who will design for two labels at the same time.

The biggest name among the rumors is Galliano. Galliano and de la Renta have collaborated in the past and de la Renta was the first to openly lend a Galliano helping hand after his downfall while at Christian Dior. Unfortunately, negotiations have been broken off and Galliano will not be taking a permanent position at the studio. The problem was that Galliano and de la Renta executives failed to negotiate on accurate money matters. A source said, “The team at Oscar was not willing to put up the money to pay for the design team John needed, such as the cutters and other specialist support staff for his atelier. Money was the biggest factor which held up the negotiations, and they couldn’t reach an agreement, although John and Oscar remain very good friends. John is grateful that Oscar gave him a second chance” (PageSix).

Thus, search continues for a talented successor. I hope to see someone as meticulous as Oscar take over - someone who can bring a youthful touch, yet visualize the classic Oscar de la Renta woman we all know. Not many are fit for that job description, but I would love to see Olivier Theyskens given the opportunity to design for this major fashion house. His designs are dramatic and romantic; I could see him successfully leading the brand into a new era of Oscar de la Renta.

Who do you see fit to take over?
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