Oscar de la Renta’s adopted son Moises de la Renta announced in early 2009 that he was set to launch his own clothing line called MDLR. As proof that things happen quickly when you’re well connected, Moises’ designs were soon seen on First Lady Michelle Obama and was recently tapped to design a limited edition collection of t-shirts for Spanish chain Mango. Instead of creating a range of printed t-shirt (a major snooze fest for a designer with his pedigree) 25-year-old Moises created a collection of t-shirts embellished with jewels, precious stones and tulle for a luxe finish.
“My inspiration for this collection were the traditional romantic themes: from pretty patchworks with summer flowers in sombre colours, such as rose, violet, grey and black, to graphic illusions which combine transparent effects, with shiny gems and adornments in between,” Moises said in a release.
Moises channeled his rock & roll sensibility into his collection for Mango, showing that after years of working in the fashion industry he has his own voice. Like his adoptive father, Moises was born in the Dominican Republic and was adopted by Oscar in 1984 after being discovered abandoned in a dumpster by his birth parents. While he has spent time working for his father and Phat Farm, he reportedly dedicated more time to the party scene and women before turning to fashion in the last few years.
The Moises de la Renta t-shirt collection for Mango hits stores on March 1, 2010 with prices ranging from €25 to €35 (USD$36 – $50).
Question is, will Mango’s current face, Scarlett Johansson, be tapped to model for a promotional campaign?
UPDATE: Watch a video showing off the whimsy in the
MDLR for Mango tshirt collection here