In Good Co-------
The City of Angels may conjure up images of sunshine, palm trees, and bare midriffs, but this season, L.A.-based label Co put a decidedly noirish spin on West Coast cool. Co designers Stephanie Danan and Justin Kern showed their latest collection privately in Paris this season, and the city provided a fitting backdrop for the brand’s elegant new clothes. Black reigned, and was turned out in numerous textural variations, ranging from black velvet sweats to a tailored coat in astrakhan to a weighty silk tee trimmed in feathers. Elsewhere, Guy Bourdin tones of turquoise, brown, and burnished gold gave the palette a sensuous pop. Some of the best looks were the simplest—an angular strapless silk-satin gown that reached, gingerly, to the instep; a top with an armorlike pleated sleeve; a long gilet in trimmed and long-hair beaver. Three seasons in, Co is proving to be an increasingly sophisticated affair, and with the brand’s first two collections flying out of stores, a force to be reckoned with.