The pair are no strangers to the label - Kim worked there from 2003, and left as design director, while Garcia joined in 2009 and left as a senior designer. The duo both departed in 2015 to found Monse and presented their debut collection for spring/summer 2016.
“We are beyond thrilled to go back to the house where we learned the fundamentals of fashion from Oscar and the business of fashion from Alex. Having further learned so much this past year with Monse, we will apply all of those lessons to expand the vision that this amazing house has already established,” Kim and Garcia said via a statement announcing their appointment.
Oscar de la Renta CEO Alex Bolen commented: "For many years, Laura and Fernando worked here directing our design teams. Oscar respected their talent, and their work with him brought tremendous critical acclaim and success to the company. In a short period of time, Laura and Fernando have established Monse as a brand with a distinct, original point of view. Our plan is to help Monse fulfil its potential by growing quickly and profitably utilising our operating, financial and logistic systems. We look forward to Laura and Fernando once again bringing their extraordinary design skills to Oscar de la Renta."
Peter Copping confirmed that he was stepping down from his role as creative director earlier this year, having held the position since shortly before its eponymous founder's death in 2014.
Kim and Garcia's first collection for the brand will be autumn/winter 2017.