Photo by Bobby Doherty/Oscar de la Renta SS 11, Imaxtree

To say that Oscar de la Renta just gets better with age would be a serious understatement. The famed designer turns 79 today, and on top of his incredibly long-standing success in the fashion industry he is, like his clothes, classically timeless.

So we thought it fitting to send out our Birthday wishes to the ultimate driving force of decadent glamour. Oscar is a true American icon and a living legend in the fashion world, having dressed everyone from Grace Kelly, to Nancy Reagan, to Oprah and Anna Wintour. He's even attracted a more youthful set of Hollywood's leading ladies, like Anne Hathaway and Emma Watson.

His designs are pure delight, whether it's a tweed suit or an intricately beaded tulle gown, Oscar knows what women want and how they want to feel while wearing it.

In an episode of Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw once read aloud from Vogue, "Cocktails at Tiffany's calls for classic charm. Oscar de la Renta sleeveless silk full-skirted dress with black patent leather bow belt." And then she professed, "Now that, is pure poetry."

This is our ode to Oscar's poetry - a look at some of his most elegant work and a nod to his constant effort to make all women feel endlessly beautiful.