This season, one of the most highly-anticipated events at New York Fashion Week didn't include a runway.
In honor of the designer legend Oscar de la Renta, several of the designer's friends and loved ones gathered at Grand Central Station's Vanderbilt Hall on Thursday to speak at his stamp dedication ceremony. Amongst the event's most notable guests were Anna Wintour, Anderson Cooper, and Michael Bloomberg, all in attendance to pay tribute to the designer and celebrate his forthcoming series of USA Forever stamps.Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
But perhaps the most highly-anticipated speaker at the event was Hillary Clinton, who took the stage at the end of the event to speak of her friendship with de la Renta.
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Eventually, Clinton's speech took a political turn, addressing the fact that de la Renta was an immigrant, and discussing how fitting and important it was that he should be honored on a USA Forever stamp — perhaps a slight jab at President Donald Trump and his recent immigration ban.
"Oscar de la Renta was an immigrant, and aren‘t we proud and grateful that he was," she said. "In the corner of these striking stamps, it says 'USA Forever.' Let us remember what is durable and lasting about Oscar's legacy. Of course it is the fashion, it is the great worldly success. But it's also going with him to Washington Heights, going to a nightclub, and watching him dance the salsa with young people, who are just starting out their lives in this great city in this blessed country. He knew what they were hoping for. He gave up his heart and his soul to make sure that his example would live on."Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
"What a fitting person to be chosen by our Postal Service, mentioned, by the way in the Constitution, something we should all read and re-read in today’s times," she concluded. "And its choice of this immigrant who did so much for our country, his country, truly is what it means when we say, 'USA Forever.' Who we are, what we stand for. And let there be many, many more immigrants with the love of America that Oscar de la Renta exemplified every single day."
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