A Velvet Vision In Pale Pink Catches Everyone’s Eye

In only its second season, Monse created the most popular dress of the 4th day of New York Fashion Week

A model wears our Dress of the Day at the fall 2016 Monse show. — (Getty Images)
Feb 15, 2016 at 10:14 AM ET

When Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim showed their first collection from Monse last September in New York, no one expected the new label be so, well, good. But it was great. Also great? Their second-ever show, shown yesterday at New York Fashion Week.

The duo’s instant success might not be so surprising considering the pair cut their design teeth under America’s greatest couturier, Oscar de la Renta. Only a couple of pieces from Monse’s initial September offering—full of light, airy cocktail dresses perfect for a Hamptons party—hinted at the more avant grade direction the label took for this most recent fall 2016 collection, in which the designers decided to explore asymmetrical, off-the-shoulder constructions and all manner of ruching, bunching, and pleats. Garcia and Kim wisely grounded these exploratory flights of fancy with solid, heavy, fall-appropriate materials, like velvet, while also displaying a masterful sense of drapery and proportion.

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All of these elements were present in a pink dress that garnered so much attention on social media that its appearance on the red carpet is a foregone conclusion. Despite particularly experimental details like side cut-outs and an ultra-high slit, the gown is sophisticated enough for any ballroom or black tie event.

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