Runway News


Sophia Kokosalaki, who recently celebrated her namesake label’s ten year anniversary, is a master at creating artfully draped and detailed pieces. She knows how to use color, texture, play with proportions, and the styling of her shows are always impeccable.  

This season there was a nice mix of tailored dresses and jackets with more sculptural pieces – of particular note were two mini dresses with ruffle-meets-geometric accents on them that recalled the designer’s Spring/Summer 2009 Egyptian-influenced collection. This influence was also felt in the intricate metallic embroidery that graced a number of pieces in Kokosalaki’s collection.  

The jewels and studs the designer showed played well into the trends we’ve seen emerge so far this season (especially with her outerwear), but unlike what many other designers have shown, these pieces didn’t have that dated rocker feel. Rather, they offered a vibrant touch to more understated pieces – any one of the studded pieces would look great with one of the draped jersey dresses Kokosalaki showed.  

I loved the mix of soft and sculptured with hard and metallic in this collection and I sincerely hope that this collection will elevate Kokosalaki to even greater heights of success.   

It’s also worth mentioning that the designer, who has dressed celebrities aplenty including Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz, Keira Knightley, Lou Doillon, and Anne Hathaway, will be celebrating her 10-year anniversary during the next Fall/Winter season by featuring ten of her most iconic designs. Each design featured in the runway show will be from one of F/W collections of a different season. The ten pieces will be recreated as limited edition pieces and I personally hope one of this season’s draped dresses with a cropped embroidered jacket makes the cut.

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.