Monse creatives still see themselves as fashion outsiders

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The Monse collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NEW YORK, N.Y. – 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 backstage after a runway show Friday for Monse's fall-winter 2020 collection.

"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 colors showcased on layers of heavy knits with both Scottish and '80s punk-grunge influences in plaid kilts and sweaters accessorized with combat style boots.