The U.S. Postal Service will walk boldly down the runway next month as it hosts its most fashionable first-day ceremony ever when it honors fashion designer Oscar de la Renta on a set of new forever stamps.
The 11 stamps — 10 featuring details from dresses and gowns designed by de la Renta — along with a single stamp of the designer’s black-and-white portrait – will be formally released at 11 a.m. February 16 Vanderbilt Hall East at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.
The ceremony occurs during what is known as Fashion Week when designers release their latest collections, often to the glitz and glamour of special showings.
Those scheduled to be on hand for the stamp ceremony include former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; Anna Wintour, artistic director of Condé Nast and editor in chief of Vogue magazine; Alexander L. Bolen, chief executive officer, Oscar de la Renta, LLC; Anderson Cooper, journalist, author, and son of designer Gloria Vanderbilt; and Janice D. Walker, vice president, Corporate Communications, U.S. Postal Service.
The Postal Service notes that there will be no autograph session, something typically held at many first-days allowing those in attendance to briefly interact with those taking part in the ceremony.
Internet glimpses of appreciations for the designer inevitably include the words “pioneer,” “elegant,” and “gentleman.”