For decades, Oscar de la Renta has graced every red carpet, cocktail party and formal celebration Hollywood whips up. Enter Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, rising up to challenge and renew De la Renta’s DNA.
What comes to mind upon hearing the name « Oscar de la Renta »? Bold gowns, vibrant graphic floral prints, a sense of daring refinement and, but of course, the sound of cameras lighting ablaze the Met Gala or the Academy Awards. From Nancy Reagan to Selena Gomez and Sarah Jessica Parker, many are those who’ve succumbed to de la Renta’s feminine, stylish and polished silhouettes which withstand time and seduce every generation.
Born in Dominican Republic, Oscar de la Renta made a short stop in Madrid to work with Balenciaga, before heading to New York. There – with Diana Vreeland’s support and Jane Derby standing by his side – he founded his brand in 1965, landing him the cover of Vogue that very year. His fame grew, steady and undying.
When Oscar de la Renta passed away in 2014, his former designers, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, were invited to step in. Having left to launch their own brand, Monse, they accepted the honor – and the reins – of the House’s artistic direction. Killing two birds with one stone, they combined the Monse and Oscar de la Renta shows from the get go, highlighting a welcome duality between the brands.
While their own label was a testament to youth, audacity and style, de la Renta’s show offered an in-depth reflection on classical fashion. Embedded with all of the House’s codes, the collection came with a wealth of bustiers, embroidered or printed flowers, draped trains worn over pants, complete with the exuberant colors Oscar would infuse into his work, inspired by his time in Spain. And, everywhere, an added twist, crisp and clean, with every cut thoughtfully studied, each material chosen to bounce off just the right amount of light, with a touch of bling for a richer look, or slicked up volumes to tie together a refined, perfected silhouette.
Their masterful hand made an immediate and strong impression on stylists all around. Miranda Kerr was already rocking a Fall/Winter 2017 Oscar de la Renta dress at the Met Gala early March. So were Emma Watson, Nicole Kidman and Zoe Kravitz, for various movie premieres.
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