Oscar's fashion empire—which also includes fragrances, handbags, shoes and home décor—is a family affair. His daughter, Eliza, is the vice president of licensing, as well as her father's "muse." Oscar says Eliza was the one who inspired him to create designs that appeal to a younger clientele.
"Today I'm dressing the mothers, the grandmothers, the daughters and the granddaughters," Oscar says. "That is what makes my business so successful."
Moises, Oscar's adopted son, is taking trendy to the next level. He's integrating hip t-shirts and jeans into the de la Renta line.
"For me, it's so wonderful [that] my family is working with me," Oscar says.
Backstage at one of Oscar's fashion shows, he faces the hardest part of his job—eliminating dresses that don't make the cut. "My biggest problem is that the dress that everybody hates is the dress I like," he says. "I feel sorry for the dress … you become emotionally involved."
Oscar says his work has only become more difficult over the years. "Younger designers [are] doing great work. Every year you have to do your very best," he says. "I have learned to be a stronger critic of what I do…but sometimes the fear [of failure] is there. But without the fear, there would not be the creativity."
Inside Oscar's Home
When Oscar wants to escape the frenzy of the fashion industry, he travels to his beautiful beach house in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. His lavish estate is located on the island where he was born. "This is where my heart is," he says. "Punta Cana is the place that I love."
Inside Oscar's home, you'll find stacks of books in almost every room. His wife, Annette, is an avid reader and believes that books add warmth to a home. Outside, there's a small chapel where the family has Mass, plus a swimming pool and a garden full of orchids.
The oceanfront house is only one room deep with terraces on each side. Oscar designed it this way because he loves the outdoors. "Every morning when I come out from my bedroom, I look outside and I say, 'God, thank you,'" Oscar says. "I have received a great gift of God by allowing me to be here. I enjoy it as much as I can."
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