Haute 100 New York Update: Oscar and Annette de la Renta

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Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami,New YorkLos Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Check back daily for more info on the most powerful people in your city. Power couple Oscar and Annette de la Renta are on our Haute 100 New York list for their philanthropic efforts and devotion to style.

Oscar and Annette de la Renta

Category: Power Couples

Company: Oscar de la Renta

Industry: Fashion

What Made Them Haute: Oscar de la Renta is arguably one of the world’s leading fashion designers. He received the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990 and the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award in 2000 and in 2007. Annette serves on the boards of the Metropolitan Museum, the New York Public Library, the Morgan Library, The Animal Medical Center, and the Engelhard Foundation. She also served on the board of directors of Rockefeller University for 25 years.

What Makes Them Haute Now: Oscar de la Renta just made a sweet deal when he purchased a $2.4 million condo in the SoHo Mews for his son Moises de la Renta. The stunning condo was designed by Gwathmey Siegel and Associate Architects and includes two buildings connected by a landscaped courtyard called “the secret garden.” Oscar and Annette were recently featured in Jane Garmey’s new book, Private Gardens of Connecticut. The couple’s garden in Kent is said to include a marvelous alley of pear trees. Other features in the book include Michael Trapp and Bunny Williams.

The fashion genius will also be involved with Google’s effort to set up virtual boutiques and a fashion Web site. Along with de la Renta other designers to participate in the endeavor are Tory Burch, Cynthia Rowley, Marchesa, Issac Mizrahi, Tracy Reese and Erin Featherson. The experience is said to be similar to Polyvore and ShopStyle.

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