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Travel is what’s animating Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia at Oscar de la Renta now. An October trip to Dubai to meet clients set them on their path for Fall.

The idea is less about a specific place than it is about celebrating the riches beyond the next closed door. That’s why the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, Spain, was choosen as the reference point for the F19 set.

Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia liked its layers of history, both Islamic and Christian in which, Oscar De la Renta liked too. ‘Córdoba was a place he often visited’ they shared.


The show opened with an extended riff on tweeds, menswear checks, and spice colors, true to the house heritage.

Daywear cycled into eveningwear via a series of carpet prints and carpet jacquards. The print dress was representative of the softer, lighter garments that are proving successful for Kim and Garcia among a younger clientele.


Antique carpets were the dominant motif in the after-dark section as seen on the short cocktail number trailing fringe, on a strapless wrap with the ease of a sarong, and on a sleeveless column in tufted fil coupe with a train that traced the flower borders.

Texture and pattern played key roles in the other evening gowns, which combined black tulle with jewel-tone laser-cut silk velvet.

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