After a brief separation, Monse designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia are back at Oscar de la Renta. On Friday, the company named the duo co-creative directors of the brand, overseeing ready-to-wear, bridal, childrenswear, and accessories.
Together, Kim and Garcia have a long history at the fashion label. Kim worked at the famed fashion house from 2003 to 2015, becoming the design director under de la Renta, while Garcia joined in 2009 and was a design assistant, in charge of celebrity dressing efforts. The pair took over for Peter Copping, who stepped down as creative director earlier this summer after being picked by the master tailor himself in 2014.
CEO Alex Bolen in a release told the public, “For many years, Laura and Fernando worked here directing our design teams. Oscar respected their talent, and their work with him brought tremendous critical acclaim and success to the company.”
Kim and Garcia plan to run Monse, a red carpet and retail favorite made popular by the likes of Brie Larson and Selena Gomez, and de la Renta simultaneously, with the brand providing support for the other label. It’s likely that their combined achievements with celebrity and the commercial aspects made them appealing for the creative director position, along with their experience with the brand itself.
“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.”
The upcoming Spring 2017 show will be designed by the pair.