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Oscar de la Renta names co-creative directors: Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim

Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim

Ahead of New York Fashion Week, which kickstarts this week, the US luxury brand just announced that Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim have rejoined Oscar de la Renta to become co-creative directors of the US fashion house. Their first collection will be for autumn 2017.

Meanwhile, Oscar de la Renta will also enter into a strategic partnership with the designers’ independent Monse brand, providing it with operational support. Financial details of the “partnership” were not disclosed.

Garcia and Kim take over from Peter Copping, who left in July after succeeding de la Renta who died in 2014. It’s been a busy summer for luxury fashion news. In July it was announced that DKNY was being sold, Raf Simons joined Calvin Klein officially and Peter Copping left Oscar de la Renta, making way for these current successors.

Garcia and Kim had previously worked for the house for 12 and six years, respectively. Kim was design director and Garcia head of its celebrity dressing department. They left in 2015 to launch their own label Monse (pictured) for a spring 2016 launch.

Monse: the fashion label

Monse: the fashion label

They will now oversee ready-to-wear, accessories, bridal and children’s collections, while continuing to operate Monse.

 

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