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Jennifer Garner: De la Renta 'let the woman be the star'

Garner (right) wearing a de la Renta dress at the 2008 Oscars. Credit: Reuters

Actress Jennifer Garner says Oscar de la Renta was a "gentleman" whose love of women was reflected in the dresses he created.

Garner - who wore a de la Renta dress at the 2008 Oscars, among other occasions - said: "You saw it in every design that he did - he honoured women's features, he honoured our bodies.

He wasn't afraid to pull back and let the woman be the star of the look. I was just lucky to get to wear his designs and get to know him a little bit - just the tiniest bit - as a person.

– Jennifer Garner on Oscar de la Renta

Clintons: De la Renta's eye matched only by his heart

Bill and Hillary Clinton have expressed their sadness at the loss of fashion designer and friend Oscar de la Renta, saying: "Oscar’s remarkable eye was matched only by his generous heart."

Then First Lady Hillary Clinton wearing a de la Renta dress in 1997. Credit: Reuters

Hillary was one of a number of US First Ladies to wear de la Renta designs while in the White House, and the family were also close friends of the fashion heavyweight.

In a statement, the Clintons said: "His singular talent and exquisite taste elevated American fashion, and his warmth and friendship will be missed by our family and all whose lives he touched in his extraordinary journey."

His legacy of philanthropy extended from children in his home country who now have access to education and healthcare, to some of New York’s finest artists whose creativity has been sustained through his support.

We will always be grateful to Oscar for the love he showed us, and for sharing his talent on some of the most important occasions of our lives.

– Clinton family

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Driver involved in crash that killed Total CEO 'drunk'

The driver of the snow plow involved in a deadly plane crash that killed the chief executive of French oil company Total was drunk, Russian investigators said.

The crash occurred late last night in an airport in Moscow. A spokesperson for Russia's Investigative Committee said:

At the moment, it is already established that the driver of the snow plow was in a condition of alcoholic intoxication.

– Russia's Investigative Committee

De la Renta's family 'heartbroken' at loss of designer

The stepdaughter of Osca de la Renta has said the designer died with his family and friends around him on Monday.

Eliza Reed Bolen and her husband Alex Bolen said they were "heartbroken" at the news but that his hard work, intelligence and love of life would remain at the heart of the fashion label.

While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much us. Oscar's hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company.

All that we have done, and all that we will do, is informed by his values and his spirit. Through Oscar's example we know the way forward. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much.

– Eliza and Alex Bolen

Laura Bush pays tribute to 'dear friend' de la Renta

Laura Bush pictured with Oscar de la Renta. Credit: Reuters

Former US first lady Laura Bush has paid tribute to "dear friend" designer Oscar de la Renta.

George and I are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend, Oscar de la Renta. We will miss Oscar's generous and warm personality, his charm, and his wonderful talents.

My daughters and I have many fond memories of visits with Oscar, who designed our favorite clothes, including Jenna's wedding dress. We will always remember him as the man who made women look and feel beautiful.

George, Barbara, Jenna, and I send our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Annette de la Renta, Alex and Eliza Bolen, and all of Oscar's loving family and friends.

– Laura Bush

Tributes pour in for designer Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Credit: Reuters

Models, fellow designers and celebrities have begun paying tribute to legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who has died at the age of 82 after a battle with cancer.

He had battled the disease since 2006 and is survived by his wife, Annette Engelhard, and a son, Moises, ABC News reported.

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Fashion legend Oscar de la Renta dies aged 82

Oscar de la Renta watches supermodel Karlie Kloss wear one of his designs at his spring/summer 2013 show. Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

One of the leading lights of American fashion, Oscar de la Renta, has passed away at the age of 82, according to ABC News.

The Dominican-born designer broke onto the international fashion stage as one of the designers to dress American first lady Jackie Kennedy.

He worked for renowned fashion houses Balmain and Lanvin during his long career, and his red carpet designs were a favourite among the A list.

His last high profile design was Amal Clooney's wedding dress.

Total CEO De Margerie killed in Moscow plane crash

Christophe de Margerie. Credit: PA Wire

The chief executive of French oil firm Total has been killed in a plane crash in Moscow, airport officials confirmed.

Christophe de Margerie died in an accident at Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night, a spokeswoman for the airport said.

The spokeswoman said: "Tonight, a plane crashed when it collided with a snow-clearing machine.

"Three crew members and a passenger died. I can confirm that the passenger was Total's head de Margerie"

In a statement posted on the Total website, the firm said: "The thoughts of the management and employees of the Group go out to Christophe de Margerie’s wife, children and loved ones as well as to the families of the three other victims."

Lufthansa cancels 1,450 flights due to pilots strike

Lufthansa has warned of disruptions to its services today and tomorrow as a result of industrial action by some of its pilots.

Reuters reports that the German airline has cancelled 1,450 flights.

The strike, organised by the pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit, will begin at 1pm CEST (12 noon UK time) today and last until 11:59pm CEST (10:59pm UK time) on Tuesday.

Lufthansa said it would initially affect short- and medium-haul flights and would be extended to intercontinental services on Tuesday.

The airline advises all passengers to check the status of their flight

Cameron to use welfare cuts to fund millions of new apprenticeships

Prime Minister David Cameron. Credit: PA Wire

Prime Minister David Cameron is to pledge to end youth unemployment in the next Parliament by using money saved by welfare cuts to fund three million new apprenticeships.

The proposals to be announced today will see the benefits cap lowered from £26,000 to £23,000 and cuts to welfare payments for 18-21-year-olds.

Some 70,000 households will be affected by the plans, around 40,000 of which would be hit for the first time, according to the Conservatives' figures.

The money will be used to fund three million new apprenticeships, with leading businesses including Microsoft, Ford, Airbus and Nestle, by 2020.

Cameron said the plan to invest an extra £1bn in apprenticeships would help young people "make something of themselves".

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