Oscar de la Renta Appoints New Creative Directors
Following the departure of Peter Copping, the fashion house rehires two of its former designers to take the reins.
Oscar de la Renta has found not one, but two new creative directors.
The fashion house has appointed Monse founders and designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia to take the helm. The appointment is a homecoming of sorts, as Kim and Garcia previously worked with de la Renta for 12 and six years, respectively, before the beloved designer passed away in October 2014. The New York Times first reported the news.
The duo (they are engaged to one another), will succeed Peter Copping, who departed in July after spending almost two years at the label after de la Renta's death. "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 at the time.
In addition to taking charge at ODLR, Kim and Garcia plan to continue designing for Monse, which they debuted during the spring 2016 season.
Their designs (think draped silhouettes and clashing patterns) were well-received among critics and quickly became a favorite among the Hollywood set — Sienna Miller, Lady Gaga, Kate Bosworth, Kerry Washington, Brie Larson and Amal Clooney all have worn their creations. Sarah Jessica Parker partnered with the design duo on a Hamilton-inspired look for this year's Met Gala, and Selena Gomez wore a custom Monse gown and bodysuit during her Revival Tour.
Kim and Garcia will present their first collection for ODLR in February.
Given how much attention they've already received for Monse, we have no doubt that interest will be high in their new roles at ODLR. But first, Kim and Garcia will have to focus on the label they founded — their upcoming presentation is taking place during New York Fashion Week on Sept. 9, after all.