A homecoming party is underway at Oscar de la Renta. Former designers, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim will take the helm of the label, replacing Peter Copping who unexpectedly stepped down in July earlier this year. No strangers to the house, the duo worked under the brand for a combined 18 years before departing in 2015 to launch their own line, Monse.

 

Announcing the news on the brand's official Instagram account: "We are pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia as Co-Creative Directors of Oscar de la Renta. They begin their tenure with the Fall/Winter 2017 collection." Last Friday, Garcia posted a throwback photo on Instagram with the hashtag #backhome. In the picture, the late Oscar de la Renta held up a birthday cake as Garcia blew out the candles. Both Garcia and Kim had a close relationship with the late designer in which the latter was a mentor and, in many ways, a father figure to them. Chief executive, Alex Bolen tells Business of Fashion, "The culture here at our company remains, I believe, exactly as Oscar intended it." He adds, "We are, all of us, a family. That sort of a culture doesn't work for everybody. Fernando and Laura thrived in that culture and are very much a part of our family and we're so glad that they're back."

 

With the added support of the Oscar de la Renta label, Kim and Garcia will continue their work on Monse. It may be a long wait but we certainly can't wait to see the duo's first collection for the brand in February next year. The Oscar de la Renta Spring/Summer 2017 show at New York Fashion Week this coming 12 September will see the last pieces designed by Copping.

 

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