The appointment of Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia at Oscar de la Renta is actually a relished homecoming at the fashion house, as Kim had worked as the Maison’s design director and Garcia as the design assistant and celebrity wrangler before Oscar de la Renta passed away two years ago (they worked for the label for 12 and 6 years accordingly). Together, they launched their acclaimed label Monse, which became an instant success among both celebrities and It-girls as soon as its first pieces were released in 2015.
At Oscar de la Renta, Kim and Garcia, who will continue working for Monse too, directing all of their label’s different aspects, “will oversee creative direction for all ready-to-wear, accessories, bridal and children’s collections,” as a recent official press note stated. This upcoming Oscar de la Renta spring/summer 2017 collection is going to be their first venture as the label’s creative directors, while their next Monse line-ups are all going to feature little touches of Oscar de la Renta’s elegant modernism from now on.
“Oscar de la Renta and Monse will enter into a broad strategic partnership in which Oscar de la Renta will provide operational and logistical support to Monse,” continued the press note.
Alex Bolen, Oscar de la Renta’s son-in-law and the label’s CEO, has already shared his opinions and feelings regarding the good news, and what he had to say was touching and emotional, indeed.
“Laura, Fernando, and I really grew up, as a professional matter, together. We all had the extraordinary privilege of learning a lot from Oscar. A lot about the fashion world, a lot about business, a lot about life. The culture here at our company remains, I believe, exactly as Oscar intended it. We are, all of us, a family. That sort of a culture doesn’t work for everybody. Fernando and Laura thrived in that culture and are very much a part of our family and we’re so glad that they’re back,” he told The Business of Fashion.
Needless to say, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia also couldn’t be more thrilled about their appointment, as it truly gives credit to their astounding and improving career in the fashion industry.
“We are beyond thrilled to go back to the house where we learned the fundamentals of fashion from Oscar and the business of fashion from Alex [Bolen]. Having further learned so much this past year with Monse, we will apply all of those lessons to expand the vision that this amazing house has already established.”
As for Peter Copping, who before being appointed as Oscar de la Renta’s creative director in 2014 had worked at Nina Ricci, no one knows where he will concentrate his creative efforts from now on. We keep our finger crossed for him, too!
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