My Favorite Oscars

Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective opens March 12, 2016 at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue magazine, is the curator of the exhibition that includes some 130 Oscar de la Renta pieces produced over five decades. Visitors can expect several thematic sections within the exhibition: early work; Spanish, Eastern, Russian and garden influences; daywear and eveningwear; and ballgowns and red carpet ensembles.

In anticipation of the exhibition, below are some of my favorite Oscar de la Renta gowns seen around town. They wear them well: Barbara Brown, Carolyn ChandlerPaula Carano, Ann Girard, Marsha Goldman, Angelique Griepp, Nancy Kukacka, Gorretti Lui, Stephanie MarverKomal Shah and Dede Wilsey.

Photo credits: Drew Altizer Photography, Moanalani Jeffrey Photography, Kat Wade/San Francisco Chronicle

Oscar de la Renta passed away on October 20, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. He chose British designer Peter Copping as his successor before he died. The League to Save Lake Tahoe and Saks Fifth Avenue continue to pay tribute to Mr. de la Renta with their annual lunch and fashion show, a tradition that began in 1969. Each summer, the Bay Area’s high-fashion set flocks to Lake Tahoe for the show that features Oscar de la Renta’s collection on the runway by the lake. Around the world, Oscar de la Renta is remembered not only for his elegantly feminine clothes and the first ladies who wore them — Jackie Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama  but also for his legacy as a gentleman and philanthropist.

— Related: Red Carpet Bay Area coverage of the Oscar de la Renta fashion shows at Lake Tahoe: 20152014, 2013, 2012 and 2011.