Oscar de le Renta SS2020: Tapping into the house’s Latin American roots

Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia have been finding inspiration in travel and far-flung destinations lately. A year ago it was India by way of Morocco, then in February, it was Cordoba, Spain. During development for Spring 2020, it dawned on the duo that they hadn’t yet explored Mr. de le Renta’s native Dominican Republic. Voila, they had their starting point. “We really wanted to tap into the house’s Latin American roots,” said Garcia, who is Dominican himself.

For Spring, they emphasized their tailoring; here, jackets played only a supporting role, topping a barely-there wrapped chiffon minidress or a lace top and silk moiré party shorts set. Last season’s patchwork prints must’ve performed well because Kim and Garcia revisited them in breezier shapes and lighter-weight materials.