Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia have been announced as the the new co-Creative Directors at Oscar de la Renta. They will succeed Peter Copping whom departed the brand last July after just under two years at the helm.
The New York Times reported the duo are set to return to the couture label, Oscar de la Renta, as co-Creative Directors. Laura Kim served at ODLR for 12 years in a variety of roles, her last as Studio Director, while Fernando Garcia was at the New York fashion house for six years as Senior Designer in the end. The new appointees will work in the areas of ready-to-wear, accessories, bridal and children’s collections and even continue to operate their own critically acclaimed fashion label, Monse, to which Oscar de la Renta will provide ”operational and logistical support.” These guys will certainly have a workload and a half! Their predecessor, Peter Copping, took up the position of Creative Director after the brand’s namesake passed away in October 2014. He departed the position after just two years due to differences within Oscar de la Renta’s team, Chief Executive Alex Bolen said.
Kim and Garcia left their respective roles with Oscar de la Renta in early 2015 to create Monse and have gained the support of many fashion greats and relevant companies e.g. Net-a-Porter alongside the widespread media. They launched the brand for the showing of Spring/Summer 2016. To add to their busy schedules, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia had temporarily joined the well-known couture house and ODLR rival Carolina Herrera (Raffaele Ilardo was recently appointed as vice president of design) as Senior Vice President of Design and Consultant respectively.
The collection of Oscar de la Renta which will show at New York Fashion Week has been designed by a studio team within the label. Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia’s first ready-to-wear collection will be for Autumn/Winter 2017.