The catwalk is continuously evolving as Monse and Oscar de la Renta combine their shows this coming February. Designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia are co-creative directors for both houses, a happy home coming of sorts as the duo previously left de la Renta more than a year ago to launch Monse. This will be their debut for the former. It will be interesting to see how the lines are drawn, with de la Renta known for its Upper East debuntante aesthetic, and Monse with its more rebellious and sensual vibe.
Garcia insists having the shows together is easier and cost effective. The separation of ideas will be very apparent, but the two will complement each other. Alex Bowen, de la Renta's Chief Executive, wants to convey that the two are part of the same brand family. A bid to attract a younger audience for the elder brand, perhaps? Garcia and Kim will certainly evolve what we've come to expect from de la Renta, and hopefully they can infuse the new modern embraced by Monse.