Oscar de la Renta Resort 2018: A Tale of a House Divided

The title of this article may just make it seem like you can hear Oscar de la Renta creative directors Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim screaming at each other over the designs of new collections. From what I have seen on Instagram that isn’t further from the truth. The reason I am calling this collection a tale of a house divided is because it seemed like a good half of the collection was perfectly in line with the codes of Oscar de la Renta, but the other half seemed more like Garcia and Kim’s own label Monse. The Monse woman and the Oscar de la Renta woman are very similar, as Garcia and Kim spent several years at Oscar under the late designer before breaking away under Peter Copping to start Monse. Since making their debut in February it has been a story of competing houses. After showing each label concurrently Garcia and Kim did not receive the best of reviews from the likes of Vogue, WWD, and Elle. It did not seem like this collection fared much better. I saw parallels to past Monse collections in a lot of the designs in this collection. We also saw Garcia and Kim start to try and appeal to a younger more hip version of the Oscar de la Renta woman. We saw denim for the first time at Oscar by way of a denim jacket embellished with a crystal champagne sipping monkey and a pair of square-cut, full-legged denim pants in a faded blue wash were the stand out denim looks. In a time where it seems like designer denim is being reinterpreted I am a little underwhelmed by how Garcia and Kim incorporated denim into this collection. I don’t want anyone to think that I don’t like Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim at Oscar de la Renta. The opposite actually. Yes they are trying to reinvent a label that has a very definite client to gear more youthful. That is definitely something that I can get behind, but I am having a bit of a hard time totally grasping it. I am hoping that moving forward that Garcia and Kim are able to make distinctions between their designs for Oscar and those for Monse. I wonder what the Monse resort collection will look like. I will say that this collection is destined to be some of the best looks on the red carpet. I have to say that there are so many amazing looks in this collection and I am sure that we will be seeing most of this collection on the red carpet. My favorite thing from this collection is the black and silver sequined strapless column gown which I think may get swept up for the Tony Awards next week. Some of the people that I can see wearing this collection on the red carpet include Emma Watson, Daisy Ridley, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jaime King, Olivia Wilde, Cate Blanchett, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Chastain, Selena Gomez, Julianne Moore, Naomie Harris, Brie Larson, Kiernan Shipka, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Ruth Negga, Lupita Nyong’o, Taylor Swift, Karlie Kloss, Kerry Washington, Thandie Newton, Rihanna, Claire Danes, Fan Bingbing, Ruth Wilson, Michelle Dockery, Zoey Deutch, Elle Fanning, Amal Clooney, Hailee Steinfeld, Zoe Saldana, Blake Lively, Angelina Jolie, Kirsten Wiig, Maria Borges, Elizabeth Olsen, Karolina Kurkova, Sienna Miller, Rachel McAdams, Sarah Paulson, Dakota Johnson, Diane Kruger, Emilia Clarke, Jennifer Hudson, Lizzy Caplan, January Jones, Kate Bosworth, and Christina Ricci.

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