The Rule of Threes...

Did you know the Rule of Threes doesn't just apply to bad luck or superstition?
I didn't either, but last week proved it to me.

If you didn't already know, let me tell you our kids are these 2 amazing, original, creative souls. And this week I thought my heart would burst out of my chest with Parental Pride Syndrome. 

First, we got to see Tess' band perform at the Kitty Cat Klub for the first time since last fall. We had been keeping up with some of her new music online, but hadn't heard them live for a long time. I thought they were pretty good before, but man, they keep getting better, and I'm not the only one who thinks so. To fill a club at 10:30 on a Wednesday night...and to receive this type of review...Wow.

"Fact: Murder Shoes are impossible to pigeonhole. The local band are so much their own thing that to attempt to describe them in relation to other stuff is almost impossible... And then lead singer Tess Weinberg — damn, she’s great. She coos, she cajoles, she yelps like the best 50s torch singer you’ve never heard but with the indie soul of, say, a Kristen Hersh backing her up (with all the quirks and passion that implies)...And I’ll be damned if “Maybe You Can” isn’t that song you would have heard, and possibly the best local single of the year so far? It’s close if it’s not — the call/response thing at the end absolutely tips it over the edge for me. Remarkable, remarkable stuff " -- Jon Hunt, L'etoile  Magazine

Tess Wenberg, Murder Shoes

Tess Wenberg, Murder Shoes

Murder Shoes cover art by Derick Van Giesen

Murder Shoes cover art by Derick Van Giesen

They just got signed by a digital record label and the LP Release Party is coming up on May 3rd. 
You can listen to some of their music Here...My favorite is 'Maybe You Can'. 

A few days later Sam had the honor of being one of the solo artists at the grand opening at Soo Visual Art Center's (SooVAC) new gallery location. He prepared for months, creating a cohesive and compelling show of paintings and objects. 

The evening itself was a bit surreal (no pun intended) due to the sheer mass of people and the accolades...it seemed far beyond what one could ever dare to hope for. The entire show nearly sold out in that one evening. 

Opening night at SooVAC. 

Opening night at SooVAC. 

Stacking at Sunset or Perhaps a Trade?

Stacking at Sunset or Perhaps a Trade?

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And you know awesome kids have to come from somewhere...Dik-San and I finished this memorable week by celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. 25 years of adventures with the love of my life...it doesn't get much better than that!

Mirror's not dirty...it's vintage. Well, maybe a little dirty.

Mirror's not dirty...it's vintage. Well, maybe a little dirty.

Here's wishing you all some good threes. 

xoxo,

Laine Sou

Dior and I

April is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated fashion documentary explosions ever!  

Is anyone else as excited as I am for the US release of Dior and I? 
It opens April 10th and the trailer gives me butterflies in the pit of my stomach.

You can check HERE for the listing of US showings.
There's ONE showing in Minnesota ~ Meet me at the Landmark Edina Theater on May 1st!!
I'm booking my tickets as soon as they are available.

xoxo,

 

Laine

Maxi-ed Out

My favorite part about Spring & Summer? Maxi dresses.

They are the most comfortable, stylish, throw on piece out there. And our Jolie Maxi is quite perfect for any occasion. 

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Alex Evjen over at AVE Styles styled 3 KOKOON dresses for 5 looks total. You can see how she styled our Sienna Dress and our Rick Rack Dress as well as our Jolie Maxi below!

Thank you so much to Alex Ejven for spending her maternity days in the comfort of KOKOON and looking so fabulous while doing it! You can see all of her posts about KOKOON at her blog, but we recommend checking out her blog anyway -- she has great posts about styling, trends, giveaways and more!



Rick Rack is Back!

Our Rick Rack dress is becoming a new staple in our client's wardrobes! 

This simple shift dress gets a textural upgrade & the scooped back is a little sexy yet still bra-friendly. 

The amazing Stylist and Blogger, Alex Evjen over at AVE Styles, styled our Rick Rack dress for two day's worth of looks with her adorable baby bump.

You can see her whole post here! Alex will be styling one more KOKOON dress to show how to rock 3 dresses, 5 ways in all! Stay tuned!

Seeing Sienna (dress)

This. Dress.

It is feminine, sporty, casual yet dress-up-able. It's... well... see for yourself.

So cute... right?

The fabulous Stylist and Blogger, Alex Evjen over at AVE Styles, styled this dress adorably with her new little baby bump.

You can see her whole post here! Alex will also be styling two more KOKOON dresses! Keep an eye out :)


Want the look? Go to our site! 

Get Dressed...Bright & Bold!

Coral and Cobalt... the bright & bold combination of the season!

Our Hampton Day Dress in Cobalt Lightning is the perfect pop of color in your wardrobe for Spring into Summer! Pair with coral accessories and voila! Insta-chic.

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Get Dressed...Transition into Spring!

The 'Going My Way' Pullover is that perfect top you didn't know you were missing. 

Cozy fabric, flattering body & thumb holes!

The perfect transitional piece for layering in Spring and the ultimate pullover for Summer nights!

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Transition into Spring

1. KOKOON's Going My Way pullover in Red Tint

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KOKOON Stylist Highlight -- Lauren Rabin

Meet Lauren Rabin — our incredible Stylist from the Chicago area!

Lauren in KOKOON with her lovely family!

Lauren grew up in Highland Park  — the suburb of Chicago — and currently resides there with her family. We interviewed Lauren to  find out her “must-haves”, her “go-to’s”, and her fashion do’s and don’ts. Read below for our full interview with our fabulous Stylist, Lauren Rabin!

KOKOON: How you were introduced to KOKOON?

LAUREN: I used to represent another line and when that company pulled out of direct sales I emailed my customers to let them know. I had built up a huge client list and I heard back from one of them telling me to “check out KOKOON!” I was like “this is totally my style, I love this line.” I called the KOKOON headquarters soon after and talked to both of the owners that first day! I loved what I saw online but I wanted to see the clothes in person before I made a decision so I went to a local show.  I took some time looking over the collection and decided to signed on, and that was over 5 years ago!

KOKOON: Favorite hobbies, activities …etc…

LAUREN: Tennis! I’m a big tennis player; I like to play multiple times a week. And we love our dog! Our Family dog is a therapy dog.

KOKOON: One KOKOON piece you can never live without?

LAUREN: The camis for sure. And the slips! The Farrah wrap dress has SAVED me multiple times. It is a classic style that you can wear anywhere.

Lauren in a KOKOON Wrap dress looking amazing!

Lauren in a KOKOON Wrap dress looking amazing!

KOKOON: If you had to describe your own personal style in 3 words…

LAUREN: Relaxed, Simple, and Fun

KOKOON: Best part about being a Stylist for KOKOON? What have you gained since starting with KOKOON (besides super cute clothes)?

LAUREN: Besides a new wardrobe? Well, the clothes are a huge value. This is my ninth season — I still wear the clothes I bought the 1st season! I really love spending my time with a bunch of lovely women. I am a social person so the social aspect is great. Many of my customers are intimidated by the shopping experience at stores, so I really like helping women choose clothes and help them feel really good in the designs.

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KOKOON: Why KOKOON versus other direct sales?

LAUREN: You know, I love KOKOON — it fits my personal style. It is really easy to be a Stylist because it fits me. The price point is great and people love it! It is really easy to wear. I lot of women are intimated by boutique sizes too and KOKOON is just sized really well. My customers consist of  a wide range of women – I have a huge demographic — 30’s – 70’s — and it flatters every women’s figure!

KOKOON: What is your go-to outfit?

LAUREN: For me, I am a jeans girl with a heel! Jeans and a cute top.

KOKOON: What is your first “fashion” memory?

LAUREN: My mom — I grew up in the 70’s  and things were very bohemian, flowy. I remember trying on all her long hippy jewelry and dresses.

KOKOON: Worst fashion item ever bought? Best?

LAUREN: Worst — When I was in high school, I bought these Big Star big baggy jeans! Totally not flattering to my figure. They were the worst thing I’ve ever worn and I wore them a lot. That taught me at an early age that you need to dress for your own figure.

Best — My KOKOON Racer Back ruffle dress; it is the greatest dress! I’ve sold so many of them! I bought the blue, then the black, then the pearl because I loved them so much!


We had so much fun chatting with Lauren and learning all about her personal style and KOKOON journey!

If you’d like to learn more about becoming a KOKOON Stylist like Lauren, you can email us at tess@kokoon.net or go to our website.

To see the clothes in person in the Chicago area, email Lauren at laurenrabin1@comcast.net.


Best,

Tess Weinberg

Get Dressed...Evening Elegance!

There was a time when beautiful laces were manufactured in the US, and when I would go to New York to visit my fabric vendors, they would place calls to their factories in the Catskills to check on quantities for me. That was a long time ago. One by one, they went out of business and their intricate machinery was auctioned off and sent mostly to China. 

I have just a handful of these high quality laces left in the studio, and I don't part with them easily. I am attached.

So, when I wanted the perfect dress in which to celebrate my 50th birthday, I decided it was time to cut some of it up. 

This is the Black Widow Baby dress, and there was only enough lace to make about 25 units, so we made it a cut-to-order only piece. There's only enough lace to make a few more, and at $247, it is a downright steal, if I do say so myself.

   

 

 

Evening Elegance

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The dress has kind of taken on a life of its own.

After our beautiful model wore it at the photo shoot, I lent it to her the next day for her engagement photos. Along with the shoes posted above! If you ever need an absolute dream of a model, you should hire her!


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I lent it to my assistant for a wedding. 

I lent it to fashion author Fawn Cheng for her book launch.


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Fawn Cheng Laine Sou Weinberg - got so many "Wowzers" on the dress...thanks again. Someone said: It's the perfect dress for any occasion, a wedding, dinner, cocktails, travel, business...I kept thinking to myself she should make a commercial for the dress. She's right though, you hit a homer with this one. And it's comfy too!


I couldn't have said it better myself!

xo, 

Laine

 

KOKOON Stylist Highlight -- Ann O'Neal

Meet Ann O’Neal, our amazing Stylist from Raleigh, NC!

Ann grew up in Raleigh and so did her husband. After a year in Switzerland during high school, a semester abroad in France during college and a few years in Singapore and Bali, she decided to settle back into her Raleigh roots when she met her husband and got married. We interviewed Ann to  find out her “must-haves”, her “go-to’s”, and her fashion do’s and don’ts. Read below for our full interview with our fabulous Stylist, Ann O’Neal!

Ann and her lovely family!

KOKOON: How you were introduced to KOKOON?

ANN: Laura Sigmund – one of y’alls first sales reps. About 10 years ago – we had a mutual friend and I owned a hair salon and I kind of had the front room as a boutique and this friend of mine was like, “You should call Laura and she could come set up her KOKOON boutique without borders!” So I was a host for 3 – 4 years before becoming a Stylist.

KOKOON: Favorite hobbies, activities …etc…

ANN: Well, boats. I’m a boat girl. I love being on the beach and on the boat. I love to hike and bike. I’m happiest in a rural setting versus in a city setting. I love learning and going to museums. I like to cook and work out!

KOKOON: One KOKOON piece you can never live without?

ANN: Oh my god. I thought about this. I have what I call the “long sleeve cami” (KOKOON’s Ultra Tee). I wear it under everything. You can wear it by itself but it is great for layering as well!

KOKOON: If you had to describe your own personal style in 3 words…

ANN: Unique – I don’t like to look like everyone else — different than my daughter who wants to wear designer stuff and look like everyone else! I’m a little funky, hippy. Most people here are pretty conservative and tailored – I’m like, “oh, please”. I have an older sister and she said something to me like “wear a suit to a wedding!” I’m like, “I don’t own a suit! Who would wear a suit?” So… unique, hippy, comfortable, practical. I don’t like to bring my clothes to the dry cleaners. You have to wash your clothes. And I went my 35 year high school reunion and I had so many people say “You were the cutest girl there!” I was at a party the other day and a girl was like, “You always look so cute!”, and she is coming to see my KOKOON this week!

Ann and her friend in KOKOON and her KOKOON event!

Ann and her friend in KOKOON and her KOKOON event!

KOKOON: Best part about repping KOKOON? What have you gained since repping KOKOON (besides super cute clothes)?

ANN: I love meeting all these new people! — I love going to a party and meeting new people and making new friends. It is a fun social thing for me. And the clothes, of course. It’s not that much work, it is just fun!

KOKOON: Who is your fashion idol? Why?

ANN: Before I sold KOKOON – I grew up riding horses, I was never into clothes, I wore blue jeans and no make up, wore birkenstocks, totally earthy, and fashion was never my thing. Until I owned a hair salon and had to start looking kind of nice for work. So I have no clue, unless it could be Laine(KOKOON’s designer)! Laine is my fashion idol. She changed my life!

KOKOON: Why KOKOON versus other direct sales?

ANN: I had hosted some other parties. When I sold my business and closed the salon – I thought to myself, “now what are you going to do? I have never worked for anyone else but myself, now what?” I didn’t want to get a job, I didn’t want to work for anyone else. So, I started thinking about Laura Sigmund, and thought that what she does looks really fun. So I called her and asked “are there other companies that do this?” And she was like, “why don’t you rep KOKOON? We’d love more Raleigh reps.” So I called Laine and talked to her for more than an hour and it went great! I kind of looked at other direct sales companies but the benefits to the hostesses at KOKOON  were just so good! KOKOON is better to their customers. I wanted to work for someone is who better to their customers and the clothes are so cute. And of course after having worked for KOKOON now, I love that it is made in America, that its washable, that you get new things in every few weeks – to me it was no brainer! And now knowing the staff and the customer service – it blows everyone else out of the water!

Ann (left) in KOKOON with her mom (right) in KOKOON and Laine (middle)!

Ann (left) in KOKOON with her mom (right) in KOKOON and Laine (middle)!

KOKOON: What is your go-to outfit?

ANN: Always jeans. And that is what I love about KOKOON – all of the cute tops that go great with jeans, and they make me look cute versus boring.

KOKOON: What is your first “fashion” memory?

ANN: I remember when I was 14 living in Switzerland – I had a full length maxi denim skirt. I remember thinking,  “it is a step up from wearing jeans – it is a fancier jeans!”

KOKOON: Worst fashion item ever bought? Best?

ANN: Worst – this one cracks me up to this day – my friends even laugh about it. When I was in college we had a dance and I have no idea why I bought this outfit — I had these red taffeta capris and I had this white ruffly blouse trimmed in gold, buttoned to my neck. I looked like stinkin’ Napoleon. I can’t remember what shoes I wore but I wore them with white knee-high socks.

Best – I have 4 pairs of cowboy boots. I’ll wear ‘em with a dress. I’ll wear a black one-shoulder dress and black/red/tan cowboy boots and be like, “I am snazzin.” I like cool coats, too. I have a red leather jacket that I love. I am very lucky that I have a few vintage coats from the 50’s. True retro coats — cool, cool, coats.

 

We had so much fun chatting with Ann and learning all about her fashion journey!

If you’d like to learn more about becoming a Stylist of KOKOON like Ann, you can email us at tess@kokoon.net or go to our website.

To see the clothes in person in the Raleigh area, email Ann at aoneal.kokoon@gmail.com.

KOKOON Representative Highlight -- Tammy Rohde

Tammy Rohde — KOKOON’s 2013/2014 top selling Representative, grew up in Cheyenne, WY and currently resides in Phoenix, AZ with her family. We interviewed Tammy to find out her “must-haves”, her “go-to’s”, and her fashion do’s and don’ts. Read below for our full interview with our all-star Representative, Tammy Rohde!

Tammy and her lovely family!

Tammy and her lovely family!

KOKOON: How you were introduced to KOKOON?

TAMMY: So… it is interesting thinking back on it. Found it online – I wasn’t searching for direct sales, I was searching for cute clothes. I came across KOKOON dresses somehow. I was kind of looking for a new opportunity but wasn’t thinking direct sales. So I ordered KOKOON — 3 dresses — and I loved them! It all happened really quickly – I talked to Laine (KOKOON’s designer) a few days later.

Tammy in a KOKOON dress with her husband.

Tammy in a KOKOON dress with her husband.

KOKOON:What are your favorite hobbies, activities …etc..?.

TAMMY:Tennis, Yoga, Hiking, Skiing, and Reading – and being a Mom.

KOKOON:One KOKOON piece you can never live without?

TAMMY: I have so many — the cami’s and ultra tees. And this winter, the kanga poncho! A great AZ piece – you never need a coat but you need a sweater.

KOKOON: If you had to describe your own personal style in 3 words…

TAMMY: stylishly casual, and fun

KOKOON: Best part about repping KOKOON? What have you gained since repping KOKOON (besides super cute clothes)?

TAMMY: The cute clothes are a huge positive. But I would say, I think what it did for me was it gave me more confidence in my style. After having 3 babies, you get stuck in “mommyville” and it brought me out of that. It made me stylish again and made me want to care about what I was wearing. It gave me a fun way to do that. And it has given me a great chance to meet some wonderful women and people. But I think the biggest thing is that it has given me more confidence in my style.

KOKOON: Who is your fashion idol? Why?

TAMMY: Currently, Heidi Klum but growing up Cindy Crawford. But I think my mom (was my fashion idol) in a way, she was a very stylish lady and that had a huge impact on me.

Tammy, mid 1980’s in Italian Vogue with Cindy Crawford…Tammy was Cheyenne’s Miss Frontier Days! Note the multiple hair scrunchies in the side pony ;-)

KOKOON: Why KOKOON versus other direct sales?

TAMMY: I would say that I had never been interested in direct sales, so I would say that I never even considered a direct sales company. I only sell KOKOON because I love it and I live it. I wear it everyday. There is no way I could sell anything I didn’t love. It is a part of me now. There is not one thing I would consider selling besides KOKOON.

KOKOON: What is your go-to outfit?

TAMMY: Cowboy boots, skinny jeans, and a cute KOKOON sweater.

KOKOON: What is your first “fashion” memory?

TAMMY: I have a few! One that really stands out – I was like 6 years old and I really wanted a pink satin jacket and I bought it with my own money because I wanted it so bad. I had the pants and the jacket.

KOKOON: Worst fashion item ever bought? Best?

TAMMY: The worst – when I was in college, I had those short shorts with the greek letters on the a$$ — I didn’t have the butt for those. Those shorts combined with my t-shirts with my own shoulder pads I would put in them were the worst.

The best – I know! My KOKOON “Audrey” furry sweatshirt. I wear that all the time! It is my go-to statement piece. I get so many compliments.

 

Tammy in her KOKOON “Audrey” sweatshirt with her family.

Tammy in her KOKOON “Audrey” sweatshirt with her family.

We had so much fun catching up with Tammy and learning all about her passions and stylish fashion!

If you’d like to learn more about becoming a Representative of KOKOON like Tammy, you can email us at tess@kokoon.net or go to our website.

To see the clothes in person in the Phoenix area, email Tammy at kokoontam@comcast.net

 

Best,

Tess Weinberg

I Went Red!

Saturday I was honored to be a part of Minnesota's Red Dress Collection, a night of fashion and philanthropy raising money and awareness for women's heart health. 

Natalie in KOKOON. A twirl from Viking's Greg Jennings was icing on the cake.

Natalie in KOKOON. A twirl from Viking's Greg Jennings was icing on the cake.

This is a gala event that matches designers with local celebrities, and I was lucky enough to be paired with adorable WCCO anchor and reporter Natalie Nyhus. We hadn't met previously and we clicked immediately. If you're going to custom make a dress for someone, you just hope they appreciate your aesthetic and don't steer you towards fabrics or silhouettes that you wouldn't usually associate with your brand. Since KOKOON is all about comfortably feminine dresses, I wanted our red carpet look to reflect that, and Natalie was all for it.

Detail of the fabric and trim

Detail of the fabric and trim

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First fitting...worked beautifully!

First fitting...worked beautifully!

At the final fitting, we had to keep it under wraps until the runway show.

At the final fitting, we had to keep it under wraps until the runway show.

Since I was traveling a lot and Natalie has a busy work schedule, we were able to condense the entire process, from sketch to completed final dress in one week. Natalie brought a cameraman and did a behind the scenes feature for WCCO, which you can watch here!

Here are some highlights from this magical evening.

All models wore jewelry designed for the event by Realia by Jen.

All models wore jewelry designed for the event by Realia by Jen.

A champagne toast helped calm nervous energy.

A champagne toast helped calm nervous energy.

Fashion Stylist Hollie Mae with Minnesota Red Dress Collection founder and host, Carly Aplin.

Fashion Stylist Hollie Mae with Minnesota Red Dress Collection founder and host, Carly Aplin.

All the designer's sketches framed as gifts to the models.

All the designer's sketches framed as gifts to the models.

The Voice's Kat Perkins waiting backstage.

The Voice's Kat Perkins waiting backstage.

So happy to see Tim Navarro, who appeared on last season's Project Runway!

So happy to see Tim Navarro, who appeared on last season's Project Runway!

The WCCO team all did a great job of modeling!

The WCCO team all did a great job of modeling!

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And the runway show ended with Kat Perkin's powerhouse solo!

And the runway show ended with Kat Perkin's powerhouse solo!

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So grateful to have my handsome husband by my side!

So grateful to have my handsome husband by my side!

Surrounded by 2 beautiful ladies wearing one-of-a-kind KOKOON dresses!

Surrounded by 2 beautiful ladies wearing one-of-a-kind KOKOON dresses!

Our friends celebrating the 10th anniversary of their son's heart transplant that night! 

Our friends celebrating the 10th anniversary of their son's heart transplant that night! 

Such a fun experience and so glad to be a part of such a great cause.

See all the photos here. Photo credit to Rhea Pappas.

Get Dressed...Rain or Shine!

I love this dress. I love this dress. I love this dress. 

My favorite quality about a new outfit or item of clothing is versatility. This great little number -- our Nolita Dress --  is perfect for that transitional time from rain to shine. Wear with booties and your favorite spring jacket and then throw on some sandals and shades for those warmers months. The modest drop back detail is the perfect lady-like touch to show a little skin!

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Rain or Shine

1. Nolita Dress in Au Lait

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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!