Oscar de la Renta died on October 20, 2014 at the age of 82. I planned to write a post inspired by his below quote.
“Never, ever confuse what happens on a runway with fashion. A runway is spectacle. It’s only fashion when a woman puts it on. Being well dressed hasn’t much to do with having good clothes. It’s a question of good balance and good common sense.”
This quote is applicable to our working lives in many ways. One could say we look at the accomplishments of others and often only see the runway of their success, failing to see the day-to-day toil it took to get there. Or one could say the challenge of building a good career is as much about maintaining balance as it is succeeding in a few pivotal moments. These points are true, and though Bill and I have made them before, they are worth making them again. But that is not what this post is about.
While I was reading various articles about de la Renta to better inform myself about his life, I came across one that featured a 2013 photograph of him and Hillary Clinton, a friend and client of de la Renta’s, at the CFDA awards. Oscar de la Renta won the CFDA Geoffrey Bean Lifetime Achievement award himself in 1989.
Reading the Comments section below the article, the first comment admonished the news outlet for including a photograph of de la Renta with Clinton suggesting that picture ruined the story. The next comment suggested the photograph was included because it was the media’s agenda to impose Hillary Clinton on the public. And it went on from there. The article was about the accomplished life of Oscar de la Renta and his contributions to fashion. It is worth noting that de la Renta also maintained a friendship with the George W. Bush family.
Are we so consumed with on our own internal dialogue and opinions that we cannot stop to reflect on the lives of others even upon their death? The argument could be made that it only took one commenter to lead the way and the conversation would have been very different otherwise, but the sheer volume of related comments demonstrated a willing, large audience.
Fulfillment comes from not only celebrating your own successes and ideological triumphs but in recognizing and celebrating the contributions, differences, and success of others as well.