by Lotus Ladegaard
Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia both worked under Oscar de la Renta for a combined 18 years. When de la Renta died unexpectedly, Oscar de la Renta Chief Executive Alex Bolen announced that Peter Cropping would head the creative team despite speculations that Laura Kim would assume that role. She and Fernando Garcia left Oscar de la Renta to start their own brand, Monse. In September of last year, it was announced that the design duo will return to Oscar de la Renta as co-creative directors, after Peter Cropping resigned due to personal reasons. Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia will continue to design for Monse as well as Oscar De La Renta intertwining their creative output with the might of Oscar de la Renta's history. Their debut collection is set for the February 2017.
While we wait for the full collection in month's time, Oscar de la Renta's Pre-fall Collection is an indication of what is to come. It is modern, youthful, relevant and thus will ensure Oscar De La Renta a new young following. The colour palette is anything but simple, instead, it is vibrant with a lot of prints in different tones. The silhouettes are a mix of classics fused with the latest fashion trends with references to the 60’s, 70’s and even a hint of the 80’s. As with many trends, not all of them are particularly flattering, but it does, nevertheless, make for a very relevant collection. The prints are outstanding and thoughtfully used. The more classical evening wear are exquisite. The blue strapless long dress with the draping at the waist is beautiful and many fashionistas will want to have that in their wardrobe. The long black lace dress with bolero jacket is worth a double take. The tea length pleaded sleeveless Revlon black dress with illusion sleeves was a beautiful new kind of black dress.
Oscar De La Renta’s Prefall Collections is a promising look into the exciting future of this iconic brand.
Lotus Ladegaard is a Copenhagen-based house model and fashion writer.