This summer, when I spoke with Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim, who are co-creative directors of both Oscar de la Renta and Monse, they said the pace of running two brands meant that working remotely had already become a way of life for them. As Garcia put it, the two “are on our phones no matter what.” But self-isolation has also caused them to re-think some of their usual practices, from sustainability to how they approach their signature eveningwear. Below, as part of ELLE’s look at the future of fashion, they share their thoughts on charting a new way forward.
Do you think this is moment going to push the industry in a better direction, whether it is being more sustainable, changing the way we produce collections, or pushing the industry to be more accountable in terms of including people of color?
Kim: We have been talking to a lot of retailers and designer friends who [split] collections into multiple deliveries. I’ve been talking to Gabriela Hearst a lot…She taught me a lot of things. For both brands, we are trying to use a lot of fabrics that is already existing instead of creating new fabric. Instead of getting it from scratch.
Garcia: It pushes you, creatively, to be sustainable. I think on the diversity front, it always has been a part of Laura’s and my mission, but there is a lot more to learn and take away from it. And we are going to strive to do that.
Kim: I mean if you look at the shows, we are always very diverse in casting.
Garcia: We just have to continue it and further it.