3 posts tagged "Co"
Since branching out to launch their clothing line, Co, in 2011, L.A.-based writer Justin Kern and producer Stephanie Danan have seamlessly straddled the worlds of fashion and film. Each season, they’ve released a mini-movie to complement their collections of easy, no-nonsense feminine separates and dresses. And each season, these shorts have evolved. “The first one was like a trailer, with no talking, and now they’ve become more like movies,” said Kern. Spring ’13 marks Co’s third cinematic endeavor, and the designers teamed up with Oscar-nominated director Stuart Blumberg (whose new movie Thanks for Sharing, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, comes out this August) to create She Said, She Said, a comedic short about a lesbian divorce. This is almost certainly the first fashion film to explore said subject. But even when they’re fighting over assets, stars Marisa Tomei and Élodie Bouchez do the label’s Spring ’13 wares (which include everything from a draped, wing-sleeve black gown to a furry black, white, and pink trapeze top) justice. “We were a bit inspired by clothes actresses wear when they have to go to court,” said Kern of the styling. “I just remember, back in the day, when Winona Ryder went through that whole [shoplifting] ordeal. She looked so pristine in court, and you felt like she couldn’t possibly have committed a crime,” laughed Danan. The movie also stars comedian David Wain, who plays the couple’s lawyer, as well as Parks and Recreation‘s Aubrey Plaza, who portrays a leather-trouser-wearing temptress. Watch the funny film’s debut above, exclusively on Style.com.
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.
You can take the film execs out of the film industry, but you can’t take the film industry outta them. L.A. based producer Stephanie Danan and screenwriter Justin Kern may be branching out with Co, a new line of knitted furs, silks, and cashmeres this New York fashion week, but they’re putting their West Coast talents to the project too: They’ve created a video, directed by Breaking Upwards‘ Daryl Wein and starring French siren Élodie Bouchez. Check out the exclusive debut, below. And be sure to check out our New York fashion week preview for more of what you can expect when next week’s festivities begin.