Oscar Recap!

Besides the gowns, the thing that stuck in my head was the genuine look of happiness and admiration on the faces of the Best Actress Nominees who didn't take home an Oscar, as they listened to Julianne Moore's acceptance speech. 

I loved Julianne's dress. I read mixed reviews about her look, some comment about 'smashed flies', but I thought it totally worked.

Julianne Moore in Chanel Haute Couture

Julianne Moore in Chanel Haute Couture

Reese Witherspoon leads my list of standout White and Black gowns.

Reese Witherspoon in Custom Tom Ford

Reese Witherspoon in Custom Tom Ford

Patricia Arquette in Rosetta Getty

Patricia Arquette in Rosetta Getty

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive

Naomi Watts in Armani Prive

I love Naomi Watts and this gown was stellar. One of my favorites of the evening.

Patricia Arquette's dress was actually better than this photo shows, and it moved nicely walking to accept her award for Best Supporting Actress. She strikes me as  low maintenance lady and this dress seemed to suit her perfectly. 

Marion Cotillard in Dior Haute Couture

Marion Cotillard in Dior Haute Couture

Marion's dress was so simple from the front and I loved this detail in the back. She could wear a sack and look amazing...well, she almost did...but the texture here really showed up beautifully on camera.

Lady GaGa in custom Azzadine Alaia

Lady GaGa in custom Azzadine Alaia

I'm not a fan of this look on GaGa. But maybe her oven cleaning mitt is throwing me off. Whatever, she totally made up for it with her Sound of Music medley. The lady knows how to sing.

Lots of Ivories and Nudes, and Blushes. A couple of my favorites:

Lupita in Custom Calvin Klein

Lupita in Custom Calvin Klein

Lupita nailed it with this pearl encrusted column. Fabulous.

Jennifer Anniston in Atelier Versace

Jennifer Anniston in Atelier Versace

This is the best Jennifer has looked in a long time. I mean, she always looks great, but I just think this was an elevation of her signature paired down style. 

Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab

Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab

Holy Fluffy Melon Balls. I liked it. JLo has that perfect skin tone that looks like she's honey all over and I cannot stop looking at her when she glows like one giant ball of whipped caramel-latte-froth.

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Oprah looking very regal in her custom Vera Wang.

While I didn't hate Gwyneth's dress as much as some of the critics, I just felt it was a little weird. I love the color on her, her hair and makeup looked stunning, and her body is amazing...the shoulder rose...I don't know, I just ended up thinking this would have been a great dress on Jane Fonda.

Chloe Grace Moretz in Miu Miu

Chloe Grace Moretz in Miu Miu

Good choice on the pockets for a youthful look. Hate the print, hate the print, hate the print. The pockets were placed a bit high to look nonchalant, and I also think they ended up appearing like a bit of a crutch for her onstage, instead of a fun feature. 

Felicity Jones in Alexander McQueen

Felicity Jones in Alexander McQueen

Bless her heart, this dress is just too much for her. Maybe, MAYBE, a star the stature of Charlize Theron could have pulled off this Game of Thrones meets Cinderella vibe...but a pretty young starlette like Felicity just shouldn't have gone there. A missed opportunity. 

Zoe Saldana in Versace 

Zoe Saldana in Versace 

Yuk. 

I just want to shake Viola Davis and tell her 'You are still a beautiful woman!! Dress like one!!' This Zac Posen ages her and does not do her justice. 

Red was the statement color of the evening, and I was thrilled to see Rosamund Pike in this gorgeous Givenchy gown. She definitely was my choice for Most Improved Dresser for Awards Season. In all fairness, she recently had a baby so her previous dresses this season get a pass.

Behati Prinsloo in Armani Prive

Behati Prinsloo in Armani Prive

Adam Levine's new bride just looked amazing in this crazy good gown.

And it was fun to see some gals do their own thing, and for that reason they really stood out.

Emma Stone in Elie Saab

Emma Stone in Elie Saab

I'm glad I waited to make my recap, because I really didn't like this dress on Emma the night of the Oscars. I thought the color was hard to look at, and I usually love this color! But now I really appreciate that she wore something completely different than everyone else. It still looked appropriate for her age, it didn't overwhelm her, I LOVED the back, and this was a confident choice. Not to mention her hair and makeup have never looked better and it stood up to the strength of the dress.

Jennifer Hudson in Ramona Kaveza

Jennifer Hudson in Ramona Kaveza

Jennifer Hudson...Simply Stunning. 

Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent

Margot Robbie in Saint Laurent

She simply looked gorgeous and I loved the laid back glamour of her entire look. Total Cool Girl. 

Nicole Kidman in Louis Vuitton

Nicole Kidman in Louis Vuitton

I just didn't get Nicole's look at all. 
And I soooooo didn't get Scarlett Johansson's look either...and it was quite a look. 1980's meets 1800's bordello avatar. 

Jessica Chastain in Givenchy

Jessica Chastain in Givenchy

I wish Jessica had worn something else. This is much too Grande Dame for her. I think Helen Mirrin would have been a more appropriate candidate for this dress, except Helen Mirrin might be too sexy for 

You just didn't see very much navy tis year, but it was worn best by Eddie Redmayne. So happy for him!!!

Eddie Redmayne in Alexander McQueen

Eddie Redmayne in Alexander McQueen

Maybe he could tutor Jared Leto on how to present oneself in public.

What did you think of this year's Oscar fashion??

xoxo, 

Laine










Get Dressed...Seasonal Solutions!

Satisfying the craving of adding new spring items to your wardrobe this time of year can be quite the challenge. Make the most of your new pieces by making sure they are versatile enough to look right no matter if you're braving the latest snow dump or sipping a Pina Colada poolside. KOKOON's Kyra Tunic is an early best seller and I can see why. I also love how the marine color looks just as perfect with neutrals as it does with bright pops of color. 

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Seasonal Solutions

1. Kyra Tunic in Marine | 2. Rick Rack Shorts in White

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New York Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015

Okay. Today, I woke up and the temperature read -10. And the high today is 3 degrees.

Although we are in full Spring Collection mode here at KOKOON, personally, I'm freezing. 

My lifetime spent in Minneapolis and some real, hardcore winter weather has lead me to a... coat collection and well... obsession. From a young age, I convinced myself that an investment in a coat(s) is the most important thing you can do if it is basically your outfit all winter. Which, by the way, lasts from October until April in Minnesota.

This is all a long lead up so I can show you my favorite coats from the Fall/Winter 2015 New York Fashion Week. I love vintage coats. I love vintage furs. I love feminine details. See my favorites below. 

Stand out Designer: Michael Kors.


Runner ups! Zac Posen, Chloe, Burberry, Phillip Lim, Rag & Bone.


Those are my favs. Which is your fav from above?

Do you have any stand-out coats for me to see?

Stay warm, friends.

 

xx,

Tess

 

 

 

KOKOON Client Highlight ~ Jessica Caire

I'm so pleased to introduce you to Jessica Caire! Currently living Maplewood, Minnesota, KOKOON met Jessica as our local FedEx representative -- and now, Jessica is a fabulous friend of and supporter of KOKOON! Read our interview with Jessica below.

K: Hi Jessica! Thanks for chatting with me. What are your hobbies, interests, favorite activities…? 

JC: I love my basset hound, my handsome fiancé, shopping, catching up with friends over wine, working out, apps, beer, new restaurants, games, gambling, fancy steak dinners, more working out (grrrrr)…

K: Why did you decide to get involved with KOKOON and host a show?

JC:  After seeing the beautiful clothes, I wanted to share my enthusiasm with my friends and co workers!

K: Thank you! That's so nice to hear. Do you have a KOKOON item you can’t live without?

JC: I love my fury white vest!

K: We love that one, too! What is your most favorite part of the day?   

JC: Anytime I’m caffeinated!

K: Best or worst fashion item ever bought? 

JC:  Worst: The baby doll shirt/dress that just made me look pregnant...

K: That's never the most flattering look...! If you could have one celebrity’s wardrobe/stylist it would be… 

JC: It would be a mix of Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba and J Lo!

K: Why do you KOKOON? 

JC: I love the unique style they create and I have a passion for supporting local companies.

K: If you could describe your personal style in 3 words...    

JC: Current, classy and contemporary.

K: A trend this season that you could live without? 

JC: Skinny jeans…  They don’t flatter my bootie… haha.

K:  We think you look fabulous in your skinny jeans! Who is your fashion idol? 

JC: J Lo because she has helped bring a woman with a butt to the main stage!

K: Lace or sequins? Leopard print or fur? Blue or Brown? Flats or heels?

LC: All of the above, but always with heels!

 

Thank you, Jessica! 

We had such a wonderful time learning all about Jessica, her style, and why she loves KOKOON as much as we love her.

And to learn more about KOKOON…shopping, hosting, or building a fashion career, go to our website or email tess@kokoon.net.

Get Dressed... Uptown Safari!

Our new Nolita Sweater is one of my favorites from the new collection. It is feminine and casual in the front with a little dash of "party" in the back. Paired with the neutral gray of our Scrunch Skirt, this outfit serves as the perfect base for some fun accessorizing!

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Weekly Highlights

It's only Wednesday and it's been a jam-packed week!

This past Saturday, we had an in-studio photoshoot to round out all of our Spring 2015 photography. I JUST got a sneak peak of the first images and let me tell you -- they look amazing! I can't wait to share with you. In the meantime... here are some behind the scenes phone pics from the shoot. 

Our two beautiful models did an amazing job!


Laine was interviewed by Deena Ebbert (PropellerGirl) earlier this week. You can read the full article here!


Deena has been a wearer of KOKOON and friend to Laine for years and she has her own amazing & inspiring company -- you can check her out here! We also interviewed Deena for our client highlight features (you can find this interview on our old blog page here!).  Thank you, Deena!


We are so excited to be a part of the Minnesota Red Dress Collection this year! Laine is designing a red dress for Natalie Nyhus of WCCO. Below you can see the sketch of the dress and Laine and Natalie in front of a few options for red fabric. Today Natalie is coming back to the office to try on the first fitting! 

Full disclosure: it's beautiful!

We will keep you updated on the red dress!


Thanks for reading -- until next time!

xx,

Tess

Get Dressed...Trending:Texture!

What's trending? Texture!

Our Spring 2015 Collection is full of enticing textures -- organic sweaters, suede, rick rack, crochet & lace.

Layer up with textures galore! 

See the full spring collection at www.kokoon.net!

Welcome! And a look Behind the Seams

Welcome to the home of our brand new blog! (You can still visit our former posts  here.)

Since we just launched our Spring 2015 collection, I thought a look behind the seams at our spring photo shoot would be a great way to kickoff our new beginning.

I'm really in love with these images, and part of my attachment is because we were able to do the entire shoot in our newly-built home. The whole journey of building a home is something I had wanted to share with you, but we really had issues and I never felt I could post publicly. It's a long story and I will tell you about it someday, a well as go back and walk you through the design of it, but for today I'll keep it about the making of the pretty pictures. ;-)

If you don't already know, this is my favorite dress of all time. The Black Widow Baby. Super limited, cut to order only, and it's my 50th Birthday Dress...so lovely.

My part in photo shoots involves a lot of fussing and tugging and getting my backside shot as our photographer tests her settings.

Our photographer, our amazing photographer...I love her so much. 
You should hire her. Melissa Louise Photography.
We actually met her about 6 years ago when she did Tess' senior photos. We were so impressed Dik-San said we need to hire her for our company. And she still does senior photos!
Our model hired her the next day for her engagement photos :-)

xoxo, 

Laine Sou