NEW YORK — Oscar de la Renta named Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim co-creative directors of the house today. They succeed Peter Copping, who left the company in July after nearly two years on the job. He had succeeded de la Renta after his death in 2014.
WWD reported Wednesday that Garcia and Kim were the lead candidates for the job.
Garcia and Kim are plenty familiar with the house, having worked there for 12 and six years, respectively — Kim as de la Renta’s design director and Garcia in the celebrity dressing department. They left de la Renta in 2015 to launch their label Monse for spring 2016, receiving critical and retail acclaim in its first year.
Garcia and Kim’s first collection for Oscar de la Renta will be for fall 2017. They will oversee ready-to-wear, accessories, bridal and children’s collections, while continuing to operate Monse. In a statement from de la Renta, the company said it will enter into a strategic partnership with Monse, providing it with operational support. It did not provide financial details of the “partnership.”
The spring 2017 collection, designed by a team, will be shown 4 p.m. on Sept. 12.