Sophia Kokosalaki is one of the most talented (and all too often overlooked) designers, and despite ongoing critical praise, the occasional award, and a recent retrospective, she doesn’t have a strong commercial presence.
But anyone who doubts the Greek designer’s talent should just look at her first collection for Diesel Black and Gold Fall/Winter 2010 (shown a few weeks ago in New York City) to appreciate her boundless talent.
Her looks are always intricate and interesting, featuring spot-on fabric choices. No details – from the shoes to the belts – are ever overlooked.
As is usually the case with Kokosalaki, her Greek heritage was evident in the draping, silhouettes, and color choices (this season, a lot of gold). There is a delicacy and femininity to her work that, when combined with her tailoring, makes for powerful, yet approachable looks that could easily be worn straight from the runway to the streets.
The undulating, screaming-to-be-touched, soft looks that started off the collection were modern, original, eye-catching, yet wholly wearable for a wide age demographic. How many designers can claim that they can churn out wearable, but never boring, clothing? This theme progressed throughout the collection with beautiful long, slender cut-outs at various parts of the body, sheer contrasting details, and a number of belts – the most notable of which were gold rope.
Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.