Just in time for New York Fashion Week, an empty slot in the game of designer musical chairs has been filled: Monse designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia will return to Oscar de la Renta as creative directors, according to a report in The New York Times.
Buried deep in the profile of the buzzy duo is the news that they will return to the brand in a role for which they had previously been passed over. Peter Copping was given the reins at Oscar de la Renta instead; his departure was announced in July after just two years. "I screwed that one up, in retrospect,” Oscar de la Renta Chief Executive Alex Bolen told the Times. "Fashion businesses work best when the creative team and the business team speak the same language."
After the passing of Mr. de la Renta, Kim and Garcia struck out on their own to start Monse, which has since become one of the most talked-about labels in American fashion. The pair also consulted for Carolina Herrera, where Kim was eventually named senior vice president of design and Garcia as consultant.
Kim and Garcia will continue to design for Monse as well as Oscar de la Renta; their debut collection will be shown next February. The Oscar de la Renta collection to be presented next week has been designed by a studio team.
We've reached out to Oscar de la Renta for comment and will update with any additional information.
Update, 9/6/2016: Oscar de la Renta has confirmed the appointment of Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, with ceo Alex Bolen saying in a release, "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."
As reported, Kim and Garcia will start with the Fall/Winter 2017 collection; the duo will oversee all aspects of the business, including accessories, childrenswear, and bridal. In addition, 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."