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Oscar de la Renta funeral held in New York

The Upper East Side was awash in celebrities Monday as the fashion world paused to say goodbye to famed Dominican designer Oscar de la Renta. 

A-listers such as Hugh Jackman and Anna Wintour were spotted heading into the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on E. 84th St., along with Diane  von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Valentino and Tommy Hilfiger. 

Longtime de la Renta fan Hillary Clinton also attended the ceremony, dressed in a chic black pantsuit. Her daughter Chelsea Clinton, along with hubby Marc Mezvinsky, also appeared. 

JASON SZENES/EPA Chelsea Clinton (l.) and her husband Marc Mezvinsky arrive for the funeral hand in hand. JASON SZENES/EPA Model Karlie Kloss arrives for the memorial service for Oscar de la Renta. Photographer Annie Leibovitz arrives for the funeral of Oscar de la Renta.JASON SZENES/EPA Photographer Annie Leibovitz arrives for the funeral of Oscar de la Renta.
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Spanish singer Julio Iglesias, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, news world luminaries Charlie Rose and Diane Sawyer — with husband Mike Nichols — also came to pay their respects. 

Traffic crawled to a near-halt along E. 84th St. for the duration of the hour-long ceremony, thanks to the lines of black towncars and SUVs double-parked in front of the church. 

Tons of security milled about as well, as the likes of Henry Kissinger, former NYPD top cop Ray Kelly and former Mayor Mike Bloomberg slipped through the doors. 

Kissinger, Bloomberg and Clinton all read selections from the  Bible during the ceremony. Vogue editor Wintour read the final selection, a poem titled “He is Gone,” by David Harkins.  

SEPT. 11, 2011 FILE PHOTO.Diane Bondareff/AP The legendary fashion designer died in October at age 82.

De la Renta died on Oct. 20 at his Connecticut home at the age of 82, following a battle with cancer.

His glamorous, evocative and romantic gowns were the epitome of elegance for generations of  stars who wanted to stand out at Hollywood red carpet events.

“We are eternally grateful for the work that Oscar de la Renta did, he was a true gentleman, a true philanthropist,” Margarita Cedeño de Fernández, the First Lady of the Dominican Republic, told reporters after the funeral ended.  


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