AP — Monse founders Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia are stars in the fashion business — they’re also the creatives behind Oscar de la Renta — but they see themselves as outsiders in the industry.
“We’re not like mean people,” Garcia told The Associated Press (AP). “We’re not like cool people,” added Kim.
So when a mischievous rat character caught their eye in Wes Anderson’s animated film Fantastic Mr Fox, they thought he was the perfect launch point for their new collection. “He had a striped sweater on which we loved,” Garcia said. “We love stripes.”
The pair started to research punk, but as self-professed anti-cool kids decided to disrupt those concepts. “It was kind of like doing (a) punk collection through an eye of someone who doesn’t really know what it is,” Kim said.
The collection mixed primary colours showcased on layers of heavy knits with both Scottish and ’80s punk-grunge influences in plaid kilts and sweaters accessorised with combat style boots. Other looks came in pops of animal print and the word ‘Monse’ on shoes and some of the knits.
Kim and Garcia said they loved the idea of playing with textures, layering silk dresses and tops over silver sequins. They paired skirts, jackets and dresses with intricately beaded net stockings and sleeves. Many of the looks were adorned with safety pins — a punk staple — ranging in different sizes and shapes from tiny drop earrings to large clothing fasteners.