Every season designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia face a tall order: produce two great collections for both Monse and Oscar de la Renta—each catering to very different women. This season, the duo rose to the occasion for each line. And by choosing to do a small informal presentation for Monse, Kim and Garcia could focus on a show-stopper runway show for Oscar de la Renta: 60 looks, with outfits for the core customer (that lady who lunches), as well as red carpet gowns and mini-dresses for the starlets and It girls.
Inspired by various travels, Kim and Garcia referenced Byzantine shapes and colors, and worked some Monse plaids into sharply tailored suiting. Sellable options like cropped coats and wide-legs trousers played nicely with evening wear options like the standout bejeweled fur coat and cocktail dresses. The modern ODLR woman needs options, and Kim and Garcia are giving them to her.
Ending the show with two red carpet gowns—one a version of the pink petal gown Gemma Chan wore to the SAGs, and the other, a white feathered gown we’re sure will end up at the Oscars—the team seems to be handling their double workload with ease making for a promising future at the historic house.