NYFW FALL 2017

At Oscar de La Renta and Monse, Shades of Nouvelle Society

Written by Erik Maza
Photographed by Therese Öhrvall

On Monday night during New York Fashion Week, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia did something no designers had done before—they showed two back-to-back shows of the two brands they now lead, Monse, the label they founded four seasons ago, and Oscar de la Renta, the iconic New York house where they once worked and returned to last year. The Monse collection, shown first, riffed on familiar motifs like the shirtdress, young cocktail-wear and sequins, lots of sequins, as seen on a red and blue number on the model Dilone. In its big-girl high heels, luxurious outerwear, and hot neon colors—loud pink! Klein Blue!—seen both in the gowns that are a house signature and the pantsuits that dominated the runway, the second collection harkened back to an era when de la Renta was known for dressing an emerging look-at-me Nouvelle Society.

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Monse Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Monse Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Monse Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Monse Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Monse Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Monse Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Monse Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Monse Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Monse Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Monse Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Monse Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Monse Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Monse Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Monse Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Monse Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Monse Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Monse Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Monse Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Monse Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Monse Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Monse Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Monse Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017

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A scene from backstage at Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017