A few more snaps of the photo shoot ~ featuring one of our new favorites, the KOKOON Hitch a Ride Pullover in Lagoon (for future release). The Celery and Navy were just introduced and these feel so amazing...the washed rib knit is spongy and really has nice substance.
From crunches to brunches, this top does it all in comfy style!
Coming soon, can't wait!
Yesterday's photoshoot was so lucky ~ sandwiched between huge thunderstorms the night before, and even bigger ones to come later that day!
We're in love with this striped turtleneck that we just put into work. Of course it has a "little something" to make it special, you'll just have to wait to see what it is ;-)
More sneak peek photos tomorrow!
The idea of creating a capsule wardrobe may be rooted in good intentions, but the quest for freedom through wardrobe simplicity can get complicated and frustrating.
My mantra regarding a capsule wardrobe is my mantra about most things in life ~ it will reveal itself.
In this video of Bad Moms Unite ~ Back to Cool, I share my (truly) time saving trick to creating your capsule wardrobe with zero effort, answer pressing questions like, "What's the number one styling mistake that women make?", and dispense do-able tips to make the most of what you already own to help you fall in love with your wardrobe.
To participate in all our Live interactive video events, join our KOKOON VIP Group, we would love to see you there!
My mantra regarding creating capsule wardrobe is my mantra about many things in life ~ the answer will reveal itself to you.
What is your 'I AM'?
Most people I know respond like so:
I AM (their name) Laine Sou.
I AM (their profession) a fashion designer.
I AM (their identity) a wife and mother.
I AM (their hobbies and interests) a tennis player, a foodie, a rookie gardener.
I AM (their qualities) creative, social, intuitive.
But when our list is exhausted, those I AM's can become less than kind.
Today, reinforce your inner spirit with some I AM boosters.
We are what we tell ourselves, and we tell ourselves what we will accept from ourselves.
I'm going to start with trying to break a fear cycle around my seasonal deadlines.
So today, I AM ~ not a procrastinator.
I AM ~ accomplishing 4 new styles for production this week.
I AM ~ feeling confident about my ability to meet my deadlines for fall.
What is your I AM today?
I attended a Fashion Group International trend event last week, and met an interesting (and very stylish) woman who asked me, given the current retail climate, what I felt the biggest challenges are and where was I spending my energy right now?
I replied it's really two separate and completely opposite areas...on one hand you have the demands of social media and increasing online sales, and on the other you have the extremely personal part of the business with clients who seek out the personal care of their our stylists helping each one of their clients individually or at a pop up. To think one or the other is a satisfying business model is a mistake. Women (everyone) are not one dimensional, and neither are their shopping habits.
Social media enhances the hands-off online shopping model, but it equally enhances our clients' connection to their personal stylist and to our brand. You have to keep both plates spinning at the same time.
Which leads me to this...our first ever interactive Facebook Live shopping event,
this Tuesday, June 6th at 7 to 8 pm CST.
Here we go...social media as driver of both hands-off online shopping and highly personal engagement between us, our clients, and our stylists.
After 29 years in business, we've adapted A LOT along the way, and we'll keep saying it...Change is Good!
So please join us Tuesday for live modeling of the Summer Solstice designs, some few-of-a-kind styles, raffles, and live purchasing!
RSVP before Tuesday at 5pm CST to get your first raffle entry. Extra entries for inviting or tagging friends.
When I first started designing I was part of a design cooperative called Local Motion in Minneapolis. It stopped being a co-op many years ago but I still sell there, pretty much the last remaining retail relationship we have, and it has been an amazing relationship.
And now I'm please to announce KOKOON is going to join another local Minneapolis designer collective, Showroom, on April 1st! Starting Saturday, you can find a nice selection of current styles at their Uptown Minneapolis store. Kinda back to our roots! I'm also excited because Tess' jewelry line, Belle Isle Design Co, is also there, and it's fun to do something together.
If you're in the Twin Cities, be sure to stop by and check out the local design scene!
Showroom | 615 West Lake Street | Minneapolis
The studio is super busy right now, designing to fill in for spring/summer.
These florals are so fresh and I can't wait to work them up.
One of our most frequent requests this season has been more options in our Santa Fe blouse...a simple top, I had no idea we would blow through them so quickly. But, sometimes the simplest wardrobe solutions are the best wardrobe solutions.
So, we sampled one in the top floral, we're calling this print the Garten of Ina ;-)
We had a really fun photo shoot on Tuesday with a new-to-us model, Alesya, who was just a doll and so sweet!
And, tomorrow...is our last day our cutter's facility in LA. We've been there for over 15 years and a few weeks ago Emma and I went out to sort through all the fabric...what to do with it all! Our cutter is moving to a much smaller facility and can't take everything with him.
As of this afternoon, it's all out...either moved or shipped back to Mpls, or sold..except one pallet full that I have no idea what to do with :-/.
Our Mitzi Dress has become a favorite of our stylists and clients alike, and here is your chance to win it for yourself!
From brunch to beach, this adorable off shoulder dress is the perfect mix of sweet and sexy (name that movie) in a pre-washed cotton seersucker mini gingham check...with pockets of course!
We'll be counting down the days and drawing the winner on April 3rd on our KOKOON Facebook page.
Enter to win HERE.
I'm telling you, you need this Mitzi Dress!
Happy Monday, Lovelies!
Today I want to share with you a question I received in a Facebook message.
Jackie wrote and said she sometimes has difficulty finding casual wear after having had a double mastectomy and choosing not to have reconstructive surgery, or as she called it, 'Living Flat'.
I admittedly was (and am) ignorant about this particular wardrobe need.
I did some research and found some support groups online and discovered that a growing number of women are opting out of reconstructive surgery (sometimes it is not an option) and some, as Jackie mentioned, are choosing to Live Flat...it's a thing.
I thought I would be the perfect person to dole out advice on this topic, since I'm very flat chested, but this is different. Some women in these groups professed to feel freer and are embracing their new flat chested shape. Others are dealing with scar tissue or concave issues and so it can be very challenging to dress confidently.
Overall, the impression I got was a desire to be able to dress cute and not deny their flatness nor draw attention to it. It is what it is.
So, here's a short video with my fashion advice:
Some general elements to look for:
1) Always wear a cami or slip as your starting point. We like ours, but any will do as long as it has a more silky hand rather than cotton-y hand. Not only will it feel better on your skin, it will help your clothes glide over your body and lay better.
4) Gathering or shirring around the neck and shoulders help fabrics fall away easily from the body.
5) If you can do a ruffle, ruffles are a great camouflage.
6) Embrace the ability to go bra-less (if you can) and wear some flattering off-shoulder styles in fabrics with more structure, like a lightweight chambray or seersucker. I showed a sneak peek of some upcoming styles that are currently in development.
I love helping women feel confident and beautiful and I hope my input is helpful.
If you have any fashion questions or would like some wardrobe advice, please feel free to message us on our Facebook Page or leave a comment below!
One of our former business partners (now passed away) once told me that fear was his biggest motivator. Not money, not success...Fear. He said it jokingly, but he meant it.
And this was from a highly successful person. Someone who started as a teacher, he left because he was afraid he couldn't earn enough money to support his wife and growing family. He took a sales job with a very large national company and rose through the ranks to eventually become CEO.
That has always stayed with me, not just because of what he said, but because he said it out loud and the fact that a highly successful person would admit that they were scared was a revelation. I have to admit that fear has always been one of my biggest motivators...fear of failure, fear of embarrassment, fear of letting people down. And I think that's true for many people, so you could say fear helps move you towards accomplishing your goals, and that's not a bad thing at all.
Last week some of our (amazing) sales reps shared some of their own tips and best practices for social media, including utilizing videos. But video is scary to just about everyone.
And one key piece of advice that really resonated was, "Do It Scared."
Waiting until your comfort zone catches up with you just isn't a winning strategy.
Last week I tried my own Live FB Video. It was just a product information slash training video for our sales reps who weren't able to join us at our New Orleans sales meeting, but the idea of doing it terrified me.
Who was it that said, "there's nothing to fear but fear itself"? I always thought that was a dumb saying...there's plenty of valid reasons to be scared. But, often the idea of doing something really is scarier than just doing it.
So, I did it and it went fine.
And then it became the whole Give a Mouse a Cookie thing...now the reps want product info videos to share with clients.
So, guess what? Now we're doing product info videos.
Here's the first one. Talk about scary.
And it would be ever so nice if I could figure out how to change the stop frame for the video.
Anyway, if you could give us a thumbs up on You Tube that would be nice.
Pantone may have crowned Greenery as the Color of the Year, but I beg to differ. While there are wonderful greens in the market, they are mostly in the olive/teal range.
My guess would have been a dusty rose or pale blush. The color is everywhere right now and looks spot on.
The first real life peek into color trends for the season happen on the Golden Globes red carpet, and it was predominantly nudes/blushes along with some excellent metallics and shiny blacks (and tons of Embroidery). There were a couple nice pops of yellow, one standout red, one gorgeous blue, and one bad green.
Here's a look at a wider color forecast chart for spring.
Black made a huge comeback for spring, and much of it is heavy looking. Look for feminine embroidery mixed with a hard rock n' roll edge and shine. Even Coach's ads are promoting this look.
Navy is basically a happier Black, but Navy pops color a million times better. White, ecru, yellow, orange, pink, coral, green...all look great with Navy.
Reds, from scarlet to corals, are right on.
I thought stripes might take a break, but they came back stronger than ever, with fresh incarnations of awning stripes and banker stripes.
One of my favorite trends is Seersucker!
I literally never thought I would say that.
There is a general trend toward a return to classic patterns, including seersucker, gingham, checks, plaids, herringbone, tulle, embroidery.
Spring. Florals. Ya know.
We love tie dye and the abstract, free patterns. My favorite is Tory Burch's blue and white, it almost reads like a stripe.
Embroidery is huge this season! So many beautiful interpretations, many are being mixed with tough accessories to tone the fragility.
Going hand in hand with the return to classics and seersucker trend, all things preppy look very fresh.
I got hooked on the Amazon series, 'Good Girls Revolt', kind of a Mad Men for girls. The late 60's into early 70's fashion was so fun.
Ruffles are a huge trend, but one to be worn judiciously.
I love all the neck details happening, even chokers are making a comeback. From mock-t-necks to neck ties and criss-cross details, lots of attention is being paid to the neck.
From waist-cinching to shoulder perching and everything in between, ties are a detail you'll be seeing everywhere.
Take your pick, but just a heads up...Victoria Bekham showed ONLY midi hems for her fall 2017 collection.
Waistbands have found their way to the natural waistline...or higher.
Who What Wear declared the cropped flared pant the worst trend of 2016. Haha! Maybe that means it will be the worst trend of 2017, too. Because it continues, along with all the other cropped pant silhouettes.
I guess women like to flash a little skin, because this trend continues and is gaining popularity.
Casual athletic influence as lifestyle is everywhere and keeps getting stronger.
So much interest happening in sleeves, from splits, to trumpets, to tiered, to cape, to balloons, to flared.
But, the number one trend continues to be the shoulder. Cold shoulder options, one shoulder, off shoulder, cut-out, in all combinations and variations.
What is the trend you're most excited about for spring 2017? Leave a comment, I would love to hear!
Holy Mother of Globes!
What was the most popular color of the 2017 Golden Globes?
Boob. The color of Boob.
Remember when JLo caused a stir with her deep plunging chiffon number? Well, that was child's play compared to last night's Red Carpet looks.
A surprising number of starlets got the memo and followed along...even sweet little Mandy Moore!
Let's take a look at some of the best.
Even though I wanted to grab Kristen's bodice by both sides and pull them together, I loved this dress so much, and she looked adorable.
Ditto for Jessica.
In a sea of black and shiny neutrals, this stood out. I just kept feeling nervous that those shoulder straps were going to slip off while she was presenting.
It's hard not to love Emma Stone, and she managed to make a jewel-encrusted, plunge necked, backless gown look demure.
And Keri Russell! She rocked this dress, and it was a LOT of dress.
Michelle Williams was my favorite look of the night. The hair, makeup, the little black choker...she was the perfect whisper in the room.
Reese has rarely looked better. She shined in canary yellow.
Tom Ford. A man of a million talents...why wouldn't a fashion designer be nominated for a Best Director Golden Globe?
Loved the clean, strong lines on Amy.
One of the most daring looks due to the lack of skin, shine, and embelishment.
How perfectly cool was Millie Bobby Brown from Stranger Things?
I don't think I like this dress at all, but I loved The Crown so much, and after binge watching and staring at Claire's face for hours on end, I can't help but be mesmerized. To be fair, it appear better on film as she was walking to accept her award.
Same story for Tracee...I was really happy for her because I love her in Blackish (although not appreciating all the in-show adver-shilling for Microsoft and Buick. Like we're stupid.) Do we love the dress? I think almost....maybe if it was floor length? Or is it the horizontal corset-ry across the lady parts that throws it off? Because if I look at the hips up, I am in love.
The length might be what throws off Kerry Washington's dress for me, too. Close up on camera this was an amazing work of art. This photo does not do it justice.
I gotta say, I would have rather seen wide open boobies than this mess on Felicity. The skirt is really pretty...never been a fan of the trompe l'oeil thing.
This was done right.
That's a whole lotta pink + a whole lotta ruffle on Zoe.
I did not get this at all. I don't know if those are pockets or finger warmers.
I'm sorry to say this is the second time recently that SJP has been among my picks for least favorite looks. It's not terrible, it just isn't fun.
I think this has to be my least favorite dress of the evening...
Except there was this.
Overall, I was surprised to see SO many neutrals, shiny metallics, ivory, and black. I thought there would be a ton of color, but the bursts of color were very sporadic.
Of course the most memorable part of the evening besides the breast parade, was Meryl Streep's Lifetime Achievement acceptance speech.
If you have a favorite (or not so favorite) I would love to hear!
I hope you all enjoyed a great one!
This was a particularly exciting year because Hanukkah started the same weekend as Christmas, and that felt very special.
I've been working non-stop lately, so I literally had just Christmas Eve day to do all my holiday shopping, including groceries for 3 family meals. I had no idea that the liquor store and Jerry's (our grocery store) closed at 4pm! When I walked in to Jerry's, there was non a single grocery cart. Which was funny because the parking lot wasn't very full. When a check-out boy walked towards me with 3 carts, I smiled and said, "oh thanks, I'll take one of those" but he just looked at me and kept walking. I'm like, "excuse me!" And a manager appeared and said, "M'am, we close in 6 minutes."
I hate being called M'am. My mouth must have gaped open. He kinda stood there a few seconds and then he nodded to the kid and said, "Go ahead and give her a cart."
The kid wasn't supposed to give people carts!
I was so grateful. There were sheets over parts of the produce stands, the butcher was gone, lights were off in some sections. I RAN through the store trying to remember the menu for all three meals. I forgot a few things, but it all ended up just fine and I was just so happy that I hadn't had to go home to 2 days of staring down a fridge containing only a half carton of eggs.
The holidays are always one of my busiest times of the year. When I'm not at the studio, I bring patterns to work on at home. Yesterday was the first day I could start to see the line coming together, and felt a little less panicky.
So, that's what's been going on. Follow us on Instagram @kokoonfashion for more sneak peeks as we get ready for spring.
And, now is the time if you or someone you know is interested in becoming a KOKOON stylist for spring 2017! Inquire here.
Happy New Year, Everyone!!
One of the most frequent questions I'm asked about designing for KOKOON is, "How do you come up with the names of the styles?"
Sometime I can just look at the item and a name will reveal itself, other times it's not so easy to come up with a name that feels right.
Today I carried on a word association game in my head trying to come up with a name for a new design and the word Savoy randomly popped up in my brain. I think I like the word. But I don't really know what it means so I plugged it into google...and this is what showed up on UrbanDictionary.com:
a fairly slutty woman who often is too skinny and enjoys being with men of a different race. a savoy often is crude and inappropriate and also lacks morals, a conscience, and a social filter.
"I heard that girl sleeps with a lot of football players"
"Yeah, she's a total savoy"
First of all ~ WTF?
Second ~ Now I've got to go with it for sure!
These Are a Few of My Favorite Things...Seriously, this week's KOKOON Steal is one of my all time fave's, The Miles of Smiles cardi.
Versatile? Check. Slimming? Check. Pockets? Check.
Wear it a bunch of different ways.
There's a random variety, but not many, and they won't last long.
$59 to $69 this weekend only while they last. Shop HERE.
I thought today would be the perfect day to do a Behind the Seams throwback to a photo shoot we did in New Orleans.
I had never been to NOLA, and after Richard spent a couple days there and told me all about it, I started envisioning a photo shoot. So last spring we scheduled a tourist weekend for the two of us, then tacked on a couple extra days and flew our photographer and model down.
We were on a pretty tight budget, and we booked last minute, so we were staying in a pretty marginal AirBNB, but the location was pretty good and it was just a place to sleep so, not a big deal. I booked a different AirBNB for Melissa and Giana, in what was described as a bohemian, up and coming neighborhood, and we drove there straightaway after picking them up from the airport so they could get ready to shoot.
Just a word of advice. if you are looking to book a place to stay, 'bohemian' and 'up and coming' are code words for the hood.
This was kitty corner from their place:
Seriously. And there were roosters randomly wandering the streets.
I was pretty mortified.
The AirBNB I chose for them was very highly rated and the host was considered a 'super host' and had raving reviews. She was a super interesting gal, and her home ended up being appealingly eclectic/kitschy. The first thing I saw when we entered the house were these awesome stairs.
The next morning I asked if we could do some photography in her house and she didn't mind.
I loved her old school kitchen, where she had dozens of fresh eggs available for guests and she had made freshly baked bread and delicious, homemade apple butter!
She informed us that she used to be a model also.
She did fetish modeling for 10 years.
She told us about Hurricane Katrina, and showed us photos of the back of her house that went missing during the storm, showed us an entire photo album of the re-building process. I couldn't help but want to capture the authentic kitchy-ness. These weren't decorations, this was her home, her life. This was in March.
After we left the AirBNB, we had a long day photographing all over the city, and ended it in a cemetery before we rushed to the airport.
Richard and I had scouted this cemetery over the weekend and fell in love with it.
What ended up being so cool was seeing the cemetery transform in the camera into the perfect ambiguous neutral backdrop.
Photo credit to our awesome photographer! Melissa Louise Photography Minneapolis.
Hope you all have a Happy Halloween!
This is my FAVORITE top of the season ~ The Tempest Tee.
I love the varying ribbed textures in the fabric, but I'm absolutely smitten with the slashed-sleeve detail. Its not often you find a sexy tee that's also warm (extra points!). I'm even further in love when this top is paired with the Verona Skirt, which is the perfect balance of sexy and sweet.
You can definitely wear either piece with many options in your closet to create different looks. I would also throw on a down vest over this top to show off the sleeves and still be warm enough for all my casual daytime commitments.
Both the top and skirt are available in limited quantities online at KOKOON, or thru a KOKOON Stylist.
Please forgive the shameless plug!
At long last, we are about to launch our active wear capsule.
Dik-San has been asking me to do this for years. I've always resisted just because my plate is so full designing KOKOON.
But, here we are.
My philosophy has become, "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em." I may not be able to get you to wear a dress everyday, but if you're going to live in your workout clothes, maybe I can help in my small KOKOON way.
So, I introduce to you, KOKOON Inspired Sweat. KIS for short.
We're starting with a small capsule collection, basically a beta test, and we will build from there. Here's a sneak peek.
Of course, it's all about leggings.
It's not like I'm workout obsessed, but I've tried my fair share of different brands as I'm sure you have also.
I like a pair of Athleta just fine, was not impressed with Fablethics (they just sit in a drawer) wont do Lulu (for a number of reasons, and I gave mine away) my favorite fit is from Nike, but even those I just wish were a bit different.
So, like most things, I started with what I wish for.
1) A higher waist. I'm always pulling up to hide my muffin but then have to pull back down to avoid camel toe. Such an annoying dilemma!!
2) A waist elastic that STAYS PUT. Just STAY where you're supposed to stay!!
3) MORE compression! I want those leggings to SQUEEZE my thighs!!
4) Please tell me I'm not the only one whose thighs rub together. That 'flat seaming' that decorates the seams of most (all) active wear...because my thighs rub together, the thread wears out before the fabric does. So I skipped it. I also like the leggings looking like street wear and not from the gym (KOKOON Inspired Sweat...it means something).
These (above) are the Erin Leggings. They were our bestselling cropped leggings for KOKOON, and in this fabric they are AMAZING.
We're going with the mantra, "Looks Funny, Fits Great!"
Because they do really look funny ~ all wrinkly and puckered...until you put them on and then they are smooth and sleek and feel AWESOME.
The material is a quick dry, anti-microbial, true performance fabric.
The day we made the first test sample I wore them to a Core Power Yoga Sculpt class (basically hot yoga with weights and cardio), the kind of class where you come out SOPPING wet, which I definitely was. Dik-San was playing tennis across the U of M campus so I walked the 8 minutes to meet him and my leggings were literally DRY by the time I got there (there was admittedly a lovely breeze outside at the time, but still.)
This was our first 'road test', and during class I noticed the fabric was sagging a bit in my crotch area, and so the next day at work I asked Emma to try them on (I'm an XS, she's a S) and she loved how they felt, so I gave them to her and she wore them to roller derby practice that night. (i forgot to tell her I had worn them and not washed them, but they seriously smelled terrific!) Emma reported back that they were the BEST fitting spandex she had ever worn and didn't have to pull them up once during practice. Her boyfriend saw them and said he wanted a pair!
So, I guess to me that meant we had the green light to start an active wear line.
Next, we took our all time bestselling Peggy Flegging and tried it in this fabric.
Why is it so popular?
The fold-over tummy panel...it just gets you hooked. I like it folded over, some people like to wear it up as a torso slimmer.
Adjust according to your preference.
Workout tops are always a challenge. I like a coverage, ya know? I also do not know a single woman who can workout without wearing a bra under their tank, so I don't really see the point of a built-in shelf bra. Even if you're flat chested like me they are just inadequate. I'd like something cute that I can wear with my favorite sports bra, and I would be happy to have something that covers the lady parts.
And most of all (not most of all, because the leggings are most of all) but really, the biggest non-performance challenge, the 'how we really live life' challenge, is how do we dress to and from the gym? The other 80% of the day?
Already I see crossover from KOKOON to KOKOON Inspired Sweat.
At the July meeting the discussion inevitably turned to "can you put that into KIS?" and "I would wear that after working out to meet a friend for coffee".
This is a mesh version of the Figlio Pullover, a new bestselling body for KOKOON early fall.
It works perfectly as a 'skimmer' over your workout clothes, but I know we'll all be wearing it out with jeans as well.
I love the idea of 'skimmers' by the way. Pieces that skim over your body, either for working out or for transit.
As we grow, the technical side will evolve, but the lifestyle portion will really grow. And that makes perfect sense because that's what KOKOON has always been ~ casual, feminine, active, modern lifestyle.
Anyway, I hope you will love it as much as we do!
KIS launches September 6th. Stay tuned for more in the near future.
It's always so fun to see what's IN and what's OUT for the upcoming season.
The thing is, not much is out...everything just keeps rolling forward and women are not quick to be dictated to and not likely to give up their favorite items simply because the powers that be proclaim it so.
Choice is power.
Even the ultra feminine exudes strength, not vulnerability.
Viva the age of #girlbosses.
The attitude has latitude, yo.
The color stories this season offer a new perspective. How exciting to see pinks and blues alongside traditional fall colors! That feels powerful to me...like a freedom that has not existed before. Once women shed the notion that they could wear white jeans only in the summer, it was inevitably going to lead to all sorts of color anarchy.
Every hue of Blue.
I've always loved Mustard and Gold, and I think they are among the most versatile of colors and I often view them as a neutral that unexpectedly compliments so many colors.
Talk about the ultimate power color...From Ruby to Tomato to rich Burgundies, Reds are being embraced by every woman.
Green is the color of calm. It's also the color of combat. And envy. Go figure.
Eeeeekkkkk!!! Can it finally be time for Pink to make it's long awaited comeback? I hope so. I think so. So much love being thrown this way.
What's color without a straight man? Neutrals prevail in mostly Greys and Beig-ey Taupes this season.
White is Right. Right on.
When you wake up to freezing temperatures it's so easy to get all wrapped up in safe colors...try these combos and you'll give yourself and your spectators a happy boost!
Luxe abounds with rich velvets, brocades, & jacquards. Downton Abbey's influence is alive and well.
Favorite!!! Knits...Rib knits....I'm obsessed!!!! So, so good. I mean, it's really impossible to survive winter without knits, and rib knits have an innately very forgiving quality. This season the rib knits rule.
Life is better with balance, and sheer elements are a foil to all the heaviness of fall textures.
Denim and Chambray take on new vibes with patchwork and a distinctly 70's influence. If I should come home with something acid-washed, I trust you will save me from myself. I'll do the same for you.
Leather and Suede is everywhere this fall. Loving the retro patchwork & modern trims!
Yes! Exaggerated everything. Be it color or shape, this is the most interesting fur (faux over here) has been in a long time!
Designers get creative with quilted textures and bring puff daddy coats to a whole new level.
Metallic, The other neutral. Shine makes some star appearances.
Plaid isn't just for grunge anymore.
Tie Dye is always a crowd favorite, and the 70's influence is just fuel for the fire.
My other favorite...Houndstooth!! In all its incarnations...this feels the freshest and most exciting to me.
Animal prints shift back to favor Leopard prints, which is always welcome. Just ask Mrs. Robinson.
Love children, unite! And meet me at Coachella.
Good fabric draping is a supremely feminine trick.
Pleating, razor pleating, ruffles, all making a huge comeback.
What looks sporty, tough, sexy, sophisticated, and even sweet, all at the same time? Yup.
And the most popular cut out concept right now across the board is the cold shoulder. It prevails as the most recognizable trend out there.
Turtlenecks are at once sexy, demure, conservative, and did I mention sexy? I want one, or three, don't you?
You know I love ties...be it a waist tie, a neck tie, a sleeve tie...
Peplums are BACK...with a vengeance!
Hemlines short? Long? Why decide when you can have the best of both worlds?
And I have a long love affair with midi lengths. I personally feel they are extremely sexy. I hope everyone else is with me.
I never thought I would embrace cropped pants...then I became obsessed.
Jumpsuits keep on truckin'.
Loving cape-let shoulders and capes!
Well, there's a way to make this trend cute....
Biker chic is everywhere. Even in the gym with moto inspired workout wear turned to street wear. And it's not going away anytime soon.
And really, I feel this is the biggest trend of all...Tough Mother...reflecting a growing cultural mindset of girl bosses, Game of Thrones house leaders, fierce maternal instincts, and all around strong female role models everywhere you turn.
I take it back...THIS is the biggest trend of all...
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
Stay tuned for the next incarnation of KOKOON.
KOKOON Inspired Sweat.
Thursday marked the inaugural event of The Clothing Collective, a fundraiser to benefit sex traffic victims in the Philippines.
This was an ambitious project...the goal was to raise $50,000 to fund 2 safe houses in the Philippines. The creators, (mostly young twenty-somethings) Sami Huerta of Simply Sami, Paul Weaver, and a group of their friends got together and just made it happen. At Aria no less!
We donated some KOKOON overstock, as did some other local designers and retailers, and there was lots of additional gently-used clothing and accessories from individuals. The vibe was one of a slightly sophisticated and elevated clothing swap.
Racks of gently used clothing were grouped by price point, $5, $10, $15, etc. What I thought was most brilliant was the signage at the ends of the racks ~
$5 buys a girl 3 meals for one day.
$15 provides transportation for a month.
The new donations from designers and retailers was a bit more confusing, with bid sheets on high tables next to each rack. I think next time the organizers will arrange that differently, but they adjusted on the fly and made it work. I suspect that if they continue with this event they will attract a tremendous amount of support.
I, for one, will donate more next year, and probably a younger assortment, as I noticed my more mature styles were still on the rack, and my friend and I were double the age of just about anyone else there.
But that's what was so striking and hopeful. It was quite emotional to see these young, energetic people use their time and talents to reach so far outside themselves to benefit others so desperately in need.
I scored this cool cuff for $10.
And this cute little jean jacket for $25, along with a fantastic BCBG wool sweater, and a sky blue knitted sweater coat.
Here's adorable Sami and her equally adorable mom.
Keep your eye on this girl, she's going to change the world.