Hillary Clinton honored her late friend and fashion designer Oscar de la Renta during a stamp dedication ceremony at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal Thursday morning.
Joining Secretary Clinton was emcee Anderson Cooper, Anna Wintour, Michael Bloomberg and Alexander Bolen, CEO of Oscar de la Renta LLC.
Wintour got surprisingly emotional during her speech, especially when introducing Clinton and speaking about her relationship with de le Renta.”Oscar made her amazingly appropriate and glamorous,” Wintour said. “They became the closest of friends spending time together when they could and giving each other support and counsel. I am sure she was also the recipient of the early morning phone calls and he was part of the fabric of her life, too. To Oscar and all of us, Mrs. Clinton was a person who lived in the public eye with dignity and grace. I know Hillary misses him as much as I do.”
“This is such a wonderful way to bring together so many people from Oscar’s life,” Clinton started her speech to a packed house Vanderbilt Hall.
Clinton spoke fondly of her relationship with de la Renta, sharing personal stories and anecdotes of their friendship. Her first public appearance in weeks, her highly anticipated speech turned a tad political when she spoke about de le Renta as an immigrant to our country. “Oscar de la Renta was an immigrant as Mike Bloomberg has said and aren’t we proud and grateful that he was.”
Her six-minute speech ended with the following:
“In the corner of the 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 greatly worldly success. But it is also going with him to Washington Heights, going to a nightclub and watching him dance the Salsa with young people who were just starting off 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. What a fitting person to be choose by our Postal Service mentioned by the way in the Constitution… something we should all read and re-read in today’s times. And it’s choice of this immigrant who did so much for our country –his country, truly is what is 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.”
The stamps are being sold as a pane of eleven stamps – an evocative black and white portrait of de la Renta and ten stamps that show details of some of his most exquisite gowns.