After Peter Copping's surprising departure from the brand this summer, Oscar de la Renta has named his replacement. Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia were announced today to the position of co-creative directors, who will begin their tenure with the Autumn/Winter 2017 collection. "In their new roles, Kim and Garcia will oversee creative direction for all ready-to-wear, accessories, bridal and children's collections," the release reads.
Kim and Garcia launched their own brand last year, Monse and will continue to oversee all aspects of their brand. Additionally, "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."
"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." They said.
The design duo is actually returning to the brand. Kim began her career at Oscar de la Renta in 2003 and worked at the company until 2015 before founding Monse with Garcia—who worked at the company from 2009 until 2015.
"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," Oscar de la Renta CEO Alex Bolen said in a statement.
"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 fulfill 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."
Via Harper's Bazaar US