Palm Beach Daily News: Palm Beach Fashion Season Featured Industry’s Finest
While cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Palm Beach season featured some of fashion’s hottest and most talented houses in the industry.
The industry’s “it” duo Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia visited the winter resort destination for the first time in January, and it was enough to make them book a second trip.
The young designers are the creative directors behind two of the industry’s respected houses — Oscar de la Renta and Monse, a New York-based brand they created. When they introduced ODLR Spring 2020 to the island, Whitehall served as the lavish background for the collection.
The duo had been tapping into popular travel destinations as the inspiration behind their past collections, but for Spring, they took it back to the brand’s roots: the Dominican Republic. The Flagler Museum’s West Room was filled with ultra-short hemlines, oversized kaftans and lots of movement from ruffled skirts, tulle high-low gowns and flowing trains. Kim and Garcia loved Palm Beach so much, they said it could become the inspiration behind future collections.
The fashion show also featured the designers’ signature patchwork, which has become a staple in their designs. The patchwork also was apparent in Monse’s Spring 2020 collections showcased at Kirna Zabete in March. Inspired by the farmer’s market, the collection gives country-chic a new meaning with torn knits, apron skirts and deconstructed dresses decorated in fruits, veggies, and gardening tool emotifs.