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Partners at Showtime: Oscar de la Renta and Monse

ICYMI: Several years ago, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia met as members of the Oscar de la Renta design team, and they decided to start their own line. Monse was born in the design duo’s evenings and weekends, but then just last year Laura and Fernando were given the top jobs at Oscar—they were made co-creative directors. While they’re certainly not the first designers to hold down two jobs (think Jonathan Anderson pulling double duty at J.W. Anderson and Loewe), the OdlR-rooted genesis of Monse made for a special case.

Oscar de la Renta New York Fall 2017
All together now: Fall collections from Monse and Oscar de la Renta take their finale walk. All images by Indigital Images.

It was announced this past January that the pair would show their debut collection as creative directors at Oscar at the same time as the latest from their closely watched two-year-old side project.

A fashion double-header!

Nordstrom’s senior fashion director Shannon Schafer was drawn in by the use of color and opulent fabrics in both presentations; our slideshows get you front row.

Monse walked the runway first—while Robert De Niro’s lines from the 2015 immigration film Ellis played over the speakers. Immediately thereafter was the Oscar de la Renta collection, and then the two sets of gorgeous, velvet- and sequins-laden fall looks took a finale walk together.

Shannon said that throughout the whole show, each silhouette had a bold confidence that celebrated the female form, and where the Oscar show was all about high-impact shades and high-shine metallics, Monse’s saturated hues could be read as a way of celebrating fall itself.

“The askew necklines, asymmetric hems and mono shoulders give opulence to the everyday,” she said.

Monse is currently offered at Nordstrom Michigan Avenue in Chicago and Fashion Valley in San Diego; for fall we’re adding it at Century City in Los Angeles—and online. Play ball!

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—Laura Cassidy