Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia’s sophomore Monse collection felt like an extension of their first one — which is a good thing, because consistency is key for any new brand. The deconstructed shirts of spring 2016 are now deconstructed men’s wear-inspired suits. “It was all about figuring out how to make them sexy for a woman,” explained Garcia.

 

On the runway, a black glittery wool coat — worn over a pin-stripe dress — fell from the back, exposing the shoulders, while a cool off-the-shoulder peplum black tuxedo featured an exposed lining and multiple buttons at the sleeves. A group of striped dresses riffed on the interior lining of a garment; they came in gray and pink, wrapped at the hem, or as a long and languid shirtdress with cutout sleeves.

 

Eveningwise, there were some hits and misses. The laminated taffeta bubble hems felt a bit forced, although the pink moire faille cutout version, which hit right below the knee and was worn with a black oversize laminated coat, had appeal. All and all, it was a refreshing collection with a point of view — at least Net-a-porter, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Forty Five Ten, Ikram, Harvey Nichols and Bloomingdale’s think so. They all picked up Monse’s debut collection, on the sales floor now.

By  on February 13, 2016

Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia’s sophomore Monse collection felt like an extension of their first one — which is a good thing, because consistency is key for any new brand. The deconstructed shirts of spring 2016 are now deconstructed men’s wear-inspired suits. “It was all about figuring out how to make them sexy for a woman,” explained Garcia.

 

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