Design Challenge!!

So..I had this bright idea that involved opening up (Live, on camera) one of our many boxes of fabric had have been stored high up in our warehouse, untouched for the past 10 years, and then making myself design stuff with whatever was inside. 
It sounded like a fun idea at the time. And actually, the idea was fun. The execution however, not so much. 
The Live un-boxing was kind of my Geraldo Rivera moment. Except I kind of cheated but not really. 
We opened the box one week before the Facebook Live event in which I was to reveal the designs with the 'challenge fabrics'. I also had a bunch of other Few Of A Kind designs I had to get ready for this same deadline.
It was also 5 days before tax day, which also happened to be my wedding anniversary, which it is every year. That's how that works. 
Here's the un-boxing:

We chose a box of fabric unopened for 10 years...tune in to next week's Facebook Live show on April 17th show to see what we make with it!!

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Needless to say, my weekend was shit. 
We got 20 inches of snow (in freaking mid-April) which I was alternately pissed off about and grateful for ~ because it was a great excuse to stay home and work. 
I honestly didn't think the design challenge would be such a big deal, but it really threw me in to a different level of stress! I didn't want to dissappoint our reps, clients, viewers...and I wanted the results to be fun and something that you all (y'all if I was Southern, which I often wish I was, even just to be able to say y'all) would be delighted with. 

OK...check the next post for the design challenge reveal!!! 

And please, join our VIP Group on FB. 

XO,

Laine
 

KOKOON ~ Behind the Seams

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

pulling together the assortment for Showroom

pulling together the assortment for Showroom

Inside Showroom

Inside Showroom

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. 

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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 :-/.

November New Releases

It's been such a beautiful fall so far (no complaints) but I'm definitely starting to get the winter nesting itch, which means I broke out the Crockpot. Nothing's better than coming home to a home cooked meal that's ready the moment you walk in the door.  
Since we've decided to stay put this winter, we figured we should make the most of it. o, we converted our firplaces to gas, which is the best, most cozy thing ever! And Dik-San and I actually bought snowshoes this weekend! I've strangely been craving the winter experience, and then the message pops up on my phone saying Santa Baby Radio is back on Pandora. 
Perfect!

Can' wait to wear this sweater dress: 

J5305 CoSho Dress in Lead $148

J5305 CoSho Dress in Lead $148

J4574 Chiffon Brush Off Blouse in Ferver. $114.

J4574 Chiffon Brush Off Blouse in Ferver. $114.

J4571 Brookland Blouse in Reigning Diamonds. $109.

J4571 Brookland Blouse in Reigning Diamonds. $109.

I've been living in these detached collar sweaters.

J3377 Detached Collar Sweater in Pomegranate.  $118. 

J3377 Detached Collar Sweater in Pomegranate.  $118. 

J3377 Detached Collar Sweater in Lead.  $118

J3377 Detached Collar Sweater in Lead.  $118

J3095 Bleacher Tunic in Escher $88.

J3095 Bleacher Tunic in Escher $88.

Fashion Friday ~ Fall 2015 Trends

Who's ready for Fall?

I just gotta say, I think there is more general excitement going into fall 2015 than I can remember in any recent years past. Maybe because the rumors say this will be a mild winter, or maybe because we're still basking in the glow of one fabulous summer, but personally I think it's because the fall fashions are downright  gorgeous. And not just one or two standout designers....the September issues have been back-to-glory-days-of-printing thick, and the editorials held within are inspiring, as well as the advertisements. I just want to stick my head inside a pile of magazines with a good bottle of wine and suck it all in. 

There's not much I'm seeing that I don't like...pretty much crushing on all the trends right now.
Here's my take on Fall 2015 Trends.

I always start with color. Color is the trend most easily identified and absorbed by shoppers. There's no risk in purchasing the same button down blouse in a new hue. But this fall the colors are downright gorgeous and range from rich and earthy to vibrant and charismatic.

By far the most prevalent color you'll see will be shades of Burgundies. It will be everywhere.

I personally love shades of gold, although it can be a tough sell in winter when tanned skin is but a distant memory. But if you can wear it, you definitely should. Goldenrod, Saffron, Spice, Sage...

As a full palette, your spice drawer says it all.

Jewel tones draw you in ~ rich Teals, Amethyst, Emerald, Ruby...And the mix is terrific.

We're still seeing plenty of nudes, blushes ~ and of course grey and charcoal will be your dominant neutrals this season.

Allover white was a strong statement this spring and summer, and continues to be a clean, crisp alternative to darker neutrals this winter. A strong favorite.

One of the most popular color mixing trends will be graphic black, red and white. It's a thing.

Texture is one of the most looked forward to luxuries of fall and winter, and this season they will abound.

Fur and faux fur continue to be in high demand in all-over outerwear pieces as well as in trim details.

Feathers are having a moment. Not practical in reality, but we have a gorgeous peacock print this season that totally works.

Leather and suede are HUGE, (all faux in our case) and laser cut details will be prevalent. Many of the laser cuts echo the look of lace, giving a message of modern feminine strength. LOVE it!

'Heritage' is kind of a movement right now, evoking a return to quality and lasting values. Historical influences like Downton Abbey have popularized the luxe look of brocades, velvets, laces, embroidery, and quilting.

Speaking of quilting...it is a definite THING. Quilted textures look very current and new and they will be hugely popular.

Sweater knits take on ever-increasing stitch details, chunkiness, and creativity.

People are still taking a shine to metallics; a little goes a long way.

Many of the fall looks are drawing inspiration from past decades, of course. It's hard to choose just one, women want variety and they're going to get it.

Even though Mad Men has had it's day, the influence of 60's mod looks persist.

Probably the most popular theme involves 70's references. It was a wild and wacky era, and women are ready to embrace it again.

And...many of us consider the 80's our coming-of-age decade. Unfortunately, the clothes were pretty bad. Nevertheless, we still are reliving some of the finer points like baggy silhouettes and slouchy vibes.

As far as popular detail trends this fall...

My favorite is the 70's inspired return (with a vengeance) of flared and wide leg pants, a relief to women everywhere. Yay!

Don't throw away your skinnies...they're still going strong and leggings are here to stay.

Cropped and boxy silhouettes borrow from the 60's and look fresh and new, I love them!

Exposed shoulders will be EVERYWHERE. Every woman has good shoulders. It's a fact. When was the last time you heard your girlfriend complain about her shoulders?

Peplums took a season or two off and are now back en force. It's hard to keep a flattering silhouette down. And why would you want to? Hemline interest ~ asymmetrical, hi-lo, angled...all are popular and very wearable.

You know how I love a pocket. Well, they're a thing this season, too.

And, the most fun details will be happening around the neckline. From yoke details to turtlenecks, mock turtlenecks, neckties, detached collars, mandarin collars...there will be many great options to choose from.

This will be a hard season not to blow a lot of money, there's just too much good to choose from. 
Take a long hard look at yoru closet. if you can't do it by yourself, get a girlfriend and trade the favor of critiquing each other's closets. Evaluate what you actually need to compliment your existing wardrobe.

Or have your friendly KOKOON Stylist help you.

Just sayin'.

Xoxo,

Laine Sou

Sneak Peek at Fall 2015!

No time to chat, our season preview is happening later this week, but I wanted to share a peek into our fall photo shoot last week. I'm pretty excited :-)

5:30 am at the Mill City and Guthrie. 

bossy.

fussy

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one of my favorite moments of the day. it started raining and we were trying to hide the model in the portable dressing room so her hair wouldn't get ruined. then it started raining harder, so we decided to move our setup and gave the model an umbie to walk to the new location, and she looked so beautiful we ended up shooting her in the rain. we ended up with the most amazing shots!

one of my favorite moments of the day. it started raining and we were trying to hide the model in the portable dressing room so her hair wouldn't get ruined. then it started raining harder, so we decided to move our setup and gave the model an umbie to walk to the new location, and she looked so beautiful we ended up shooting her in the rain. we ended up with the most amazing shots!

another favorite moment of the day :-) this group is called the November Project...don't know why, but they show up and work out together...they were pouring in from all directions, like something in a movie. so much fun!

another favorite moment of the day :-) this group is called the November Project...don't know why, but they show up and work out together...they were pouring in from all directions, like something in a movie. so much fun!

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i'm in love with this cardigan...and these pants. 

i'm in love with this cardigan...and these pants. 

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we work with the most amazing photographer, Melissa Louise Photography...look her up! 
and we are fortunate to have some of the most professional, beautiful, and truly sweet models in the Twin Cities...book Giana through Wehmann models. 

xoxo,

Laine Sou