Vogue editor, Anna Wintour, remembered Oscar de la Renta at his funeral on Monday with a poem titled “He is Gone” by David Harkins.
According to the New York Daily News, Henry Kissinger, Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Hillary Clinton all read Bible versus during the ceremony, but it was Wintour’s reading of Harkins’ poem that served as the final selection.
“You can shed tears that he is gone/Or you can smile because he lived/You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back/Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left,” the poem reads. “Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him/Or you can be full of the love that you shared/You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday/Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday/You can remember him and only that he is gone/Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on/You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back/Or you can do what he would want: Smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”
It’s a more emotional side to Anna Wintour than the public usually sees. If you’ll remember, Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada was loosely based on Wintour, who is known for her keen sense of style and impeccable eye for fashion.
One photo from the funeral shows a visibly upset Wintour with her hand over her mouth as a priest appears to be comforting her at the entryway of the church.
Other A-listers at the funeral included Hugh Jackman, Barbara Walters, Diane von Fürstenberg, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Valentino and Tommy Hilfiger.
The private funeral was held at a Manhattan church and lasted for about an hour, according to ABC News.
De la Renta died on Oct. 20 in his Connecticut home at age 82. He died following a long battle with cancer.