Share

Monse looks to vintage board games for resort collection

Share

NEW YORK (AP) — With the sun shining bright after days of dreary rain, Monse co-founders Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia seated some of their guests on soft cubes designed as dice as they showed a vintage board game-infused resort collection Friday on an open, lower Manhattan plaza.

Sticking closely to their “Monseisms,” as Garcia put it in an interview, the duo also at the creative helm of Oscar de la Renta leaned on breezy prints adorned with little game toy soldiers, numbers and hearts, mixed with monochromatic looks of mustard yellow, fiery orange and cherry red.

Their love of deconstructing menswear for women was present and accounted for in asymmetrical sleeve and jacket designs. So was long fringe swinging under blue skies amid abstract sculpture, on a red striped one-shoulder caftan and black striped chiffon culotte, among other outfits.

The mission remains as is: To work staples into something new.

“We have a love and affinity for stripes and deconstructing anything that is in your existing wardrobe,” Garcia told The Associated Press.

Trending:
GOP Rep Introduces Bill That Would Make It a Lot Harder for House Leaders to Lie

It was a superior at de la Renta that got them going on antique board games. He showed them a book of Victoria-era games, “and it was really beautiful,” Kim said.

They carried the theme into other elements, including little dice on necklaces. Some shoulders and necks were adorned and affixed with colorful cupped-hand clasps.

Monse doesn’t just make menswear fresh and sexy for women. They do the same for the men. One male model walked in strappy sandals in a patchwork blazer with inside-out lining stripes, one lapel striped and the other white.

A huge part of the Monse vibe, among the isms, is comfort and wearability. There was a pair of wool pants in cherry with a forgiving foldover waist, along with a black striped chiffon scarf shirt amid the inside-outedness and unconventional tailoring.

Of their desire to deconstruct, Kim offered: “We both like very basic clothes. We love basic T-shirts, but we’re looking at it in a way of, how do we make this look new?”

Garcia said their “Monseisms” are about “creating things that nobody else has in their closet.”

But fancier. Not just for going to work.

“Even though we kind of try to make Monse casual, it is kind of dressy clothes, so we actually see a lot of them at events. I didn’t imagine it that way, like going to special luncheons and evening events,” Kim said.

The thrill, after the brand’s founding in 2016, hasn’t worn off, Garcia added.

Related:
White College Professor Tells Students She Will 'Confront the Innate Racism' Within Herself

“My biggest crowning achievement moment was when I saw a complete stranger wearing our second collection in a restaurant right next to us,” he said.

Did he reveal himself?

“We just let her enjoy her night and saw that she was having fun,” Garcia said, “and it was great.”

___

Associated Press writer Alicia Rancilio in New York contributed to this report.

The Western Journal has not reviewed this Associated Press story prior to publication. Therefore, it may contain editorial bias or may in some other way not meet our normal editorial standards. It is provided to our readers as a service from The Western Journal.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →



loading

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

Tags:
Share
The Associated Press is an independent, not-for-profit news cooperative headquartered in New York City. Their teams in over 100 countries tell the world’s stories, from breaking news to investigative reporting. They provide content and services to help engage audiences worldwide, working with companies of all types, from broadcasters to brands.
The Associated Press was the first private sector organization in the U.S. to operate on a national scale. Over the past 170 years, they have been first to inform the world of many of history's most important moments, from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the fall of the Shah of Iran and the death of Pope John Paul.

Today, they operate in 263 locations in more than 100 countries relaying breaking news, covering war and conflict and producing enterprise reports that tell the world's stories.
Location
New York City




loading

Conversation