Show me a red carpet and I’ll show you a gaggle of gorgeous Oscar de la Renta gowns. The legendary Dominican designer himself presented his 2011 Pre-Fall Collection on Friday, May 20 at the InterContinental Miami for the Sur Futuro Foundation Premiere Annual Benefit Luncheon. After the luncheon, de la Renta made a personal appearance at his Bal Harbour Shops boutique from 3 to 5 p.m. We chatted up the dapper fashion deity on crushes, the royal wedding and more.
Bienvenidos a Miami! What do you love most about visiting? I think Miami is one of the greatest cities in the U.S. thanks to its diversity and strong Latin American community. I love to go to Fairchild Tropical Gardens and Vizcaya.
Your designs are classic and timeless, what is the inspiration behind your 2011 Pre-Fall Collection? As with any collection, I try to make a woman look the best she can.
You are a fashion hero to many, but who is your fashion hero? Every single woman who can afford to buy my clothes!
Describe the perfect day: It’s a day when I get to do something wonderful. To me working is the best opportunity to be creative and happy.
You’re a red carpet staple, whom do you have a celebrity crush on? I love Penelope Cruz because she’s Latina like me.
Who won best dressed at the royal wedding in your book? I think the bride looked fantastic! She looked far better than anyone else there.
How about those over-the-top hats? Those hats were something else. I don’t understand the mania. Simplicity is sometimes a much better asset.
Nobody know this about you but… I love to garden.
Share some words of wisdom with us: Live. Love. Laugh.
Can’t leave home without: My iPad
Guilty pleasure: Spicy food
Movie: My Boy Jack
Sweet or salty: Salty
Childhood: A loving one
Muse: An anonymous woman in the street wearing my dress
Scent: Tuberose, gardenia, jasmine, ylang-ylang
Color: Pink! It’s happy!