The Dominican Republic retreat Oscar de la Renta shared with his then-wife, the late Françoise de Langlade, was designed with pure relaxation in mind. Photographed by Horst in 1974, simple wood construction and a mostly neutral color scheme of wicker, bamboo and batik textiles lends a sense of ease and calm. “Everything costs the minimum, everything is replaceable and washable. The only things here of value are antique Chinese porcelain fish (shown below) that we keep filled with flowers” remarked Françoise.
The fashion designer and Françoise were photographed on a deck wearing “pale cocoa crepe de Chine pajamas”, as described by Vogue.
Timeless style, with a hint of fantasy, extended through all facets of the de la Renta’s lifestyle. Stay tuned – next up is the Kent, Connecticut, country house of Oscar in its first incarnation, when married to Françoise.