NEW YORK —?Much of what has been written about Oleg Cassini in recent years has portrayed one of fashion’s living legends as boastful, egotistical or downright credit mongering — all of which are accurate, but not entirely complete.

Having turned 90 last month — a birthday spent meditating and sketching bridal designs — Cassini is the oldest working fashion designer in America, and most probably the world, which would surely be something to brag about except that in place of the boastful old man one would expect to meet is instead a spry, twinkle-eyed, kind and clever one without a trace of bitterness.

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