American model Karlie Kloss has penned a moving and very personal tribute to fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who passed away earlier this year aged 82. Sharing some of the personal moments they had together, Karlie revealed that she was so amazed by Oscar's generous spirit and kind heart:
"I remember him saying once that what he finds beautiful is confidence and kindness in the same person. He saw that in me before I realised it in myself. When he would quiet the room, turn on the music, and have me walk for him, I exuded the essence of the Oscar woman. I certainly aspired to... There was another time when I was still in high school and we were shooting his campaign. I had homecoming the next day, and he let me take the gown from the campaign to wear to my school dance. I felt absolutely beautiful!"
She recalled some of their last times together and the moving advice she received from the designer before he died:
"For the past several years, I would open or close his show, and as it got harder for him to walk, he started bringing me out with him when he took his bow," Kloss said. "He would really hold on to me when we did that walk. It was an unbelievable honour, and every season it was our thing. Looking back, I realised he was getting frailer. But in my mind, I always saw this tanned, suave man. I attended the Met Gala with Oscar just eight months ago. That night at the dinner, I had one of the most heartfelt conversations with him that I've ever had with anyone. He told me how he fell in love with his wife, Annette, and he told me about his first wife, who had died of cancer 30 years before. The most important thing in life, he said that night, is to love and be loved, and to do what you love. For me, it was so inspiring to see someone at 81, still so happy going to work."