OSCAR DE LA RENTA and Carolina Herrera have settled their lawsuit over the employment of designer Laura Kim.
Kim, who formerly worked at Carolina Herrera, was appointed as the new creative director of Oscar de la Renta – alongside Fernando Garcia (with whom she founded the label Monse) – in September. Last month, Carolina Herrera claimed that Kim had breached a six-month non-compete clause in her contract by joining the rival New York fashion house.
“Carolina Herrera Ltd, Oscar de la Renta LLC and Laura Kim have reached a settlement of the lawsuit filed by Carolina Herrera Ltd,” read a statement on behalf of the two brands, reports WWD. “The terms of the settlement are confidential, except that Laura Kim has returned to Oscar de La Renta LLC, subject to the conditions agreed upon by the parties.”
There has been no further comment on claims made by Kim that Carolina Herrera was attempting to transition its eponymous founder out of her position as creative director without her knowledge. Kim’s legal team claimed that it was upon discovering this information that she decided not to pursue a career with the brand.
The news means that Kim will be able to make her debut alongside Garcia at Oscar de la Renta’s autumn/winter 2017 show next month at New York Fashion Week. The duo replace Peter Copping, who departed the role in July last year. It marks a return to the label for Kim, who previously worked at the brand for 12 years, before leaving in January 2016 for Herrera.