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Oscar De La Renta Names Laura Kim And Fernando Garcia New Creative Directors

Sep 06, 2016 09:30 AM EDT
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Oscar de la Renta has named Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia its new co-creative directors.

Kim and Garcia, the design duo behind Monse, both have previously worked at Oscar de la Renta — Kim started in 2003 and left as design director and Garcia joined in 2009 and left as a senior designer, British Vogue reported. Both designers left in 2015 to launch Monse for the spring/summer 2016 season.

"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. 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," Kim and Garcia said in a statement.

"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. In a short period of time, Laura and Fernando have established Monse as a brand with a distinct, original point of view. Our plan is to help Monse fulfil its potential by growing quickly and profitably utilising our operating, financial and logistic systems. We look forward to Laura and Fernando once again bringing their extraordinary design skills to Oscar de la Renta," Oscar de la Renta CEO Alex Bolen added.

Kim and Garcia's first collection for Oscar de la Renta will be for the fall/winter 2017 season.

Earlier this summer, Peter Copping announced he was stepping down from his role of creative director of Oscar de la Renta.

After almost two years at Oscar de la Renta, personal circumstances require me to return to Europe. I have loved my time in New York where I hope to return at some point in the future," Copping said in a statement.

Copping joined the Oscar de la Renta team in October 2014 shortly before its namesake founder passed away.

I'm very happy Peter has agreed to join us. He is a great talent and along with our shared design sensibilities, we both have a deep curiosity about the wider world, from music and art to architecture and gardens," de la Renta told WWD.

"Our industry has not always done the best job when it comes to changes in design leadership. My hope is that, in leading this selection, and actively participating in the transition, I can ensure the right design future for our company and brand," the designer added.

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