11 posts tagged "Diesel Black Gold"
After six seasons at the helm of Diesel’s Black Gold women’s line, designer Sophia Kokosalaki (pictured) is set to part ways with the label after her New York fashion week show next month. In a statement released by Diesel, she says, “The last three years I have spent at Diesel Black Gold have been a very interesting and enjoyable experience. I am now looking forward to new challenges and wish Diesel Black Gold every success in the future.” Of her departure, Diesel founder Renzo Rosso says, “I am extremely grateful to Sophia for her work and the achievement of the growth of this line. Also, thanks to her talent, Diesel Black Gold has defined its clear identity as a premium stand-alone label.” The brand’s new designer will reportedly be announced in early October.
Animal prints have become so popular that department store racks are starting to resemble petting zoos. Lately, though, we’ve been noticing a new novelty trend: faces. Some designers have taken visages in cartoony directions. Sophia Kokosalaki put a pop art depiction of a girl in tears on the Diesel Black Gold runway back in February, while Mugler‘s Nicola Formichetti and Sébastien Peigné collaborated with illustrator Mel Odom on the kissing image in their new Resort collection. Others spotlighted more familiar faces. Marc Jacobs commissioned his pal Elizabeth Peyton to immortalize him on a collector’s item sweatshirt for his Marc by Marc line. Rihanna paid tribute to Elizabeth Taylor by wearing a Topshop Unique look, and model Sean O’Pry, perhaps looking for a job, wore a T-shirt with the photographer David Sims on it while off-duty at the menswear collections.
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“It’s very Diesel, but a lot sleeker,” says interior decorator extraordinaire Ryan Korban of the new Diesel Black Gold store he’s designed with Renzo Rosso, which is set to be unveiled tonight with a private party following the brand’s runway show this afternoon. “I wanted to take a lot of elements from a luxury store but edit it down so it still feels airy, young, and open. It was very important to the Diesel team that it still feel young and not stuffy.”
And the results of Korban’s work are just that—the Greene Street “contemporary showcase boutique” (the brand’s first), part of several new initiatives the brand is rolling out as it refocuses its attention on womenswear, is sleeker and more open than most of Diesel’s “vintage-y” shops. The look is more grown-up, just like the latest Diesel Black Gold pre-fall collection, thanks to Korban’s use of more premium materials and a luxe black, taupe, and brown color palette. Key design elements of the shop (under 3,000 square feet) include the matte black floors, wall-to-wall gray carpeting, and taupe and brown suede walls.
“The normal Diesel experience is very high-energy, but this gives you a chance to really experience each shoe and each piece of clothing,” says Korban. Here, Style.com has an exclusive first look inside the shop.
Diesel Black Gold, 68 Greene St., NYC.
In the lead-up to New York fashion week, designers go through hundreds of behind-the-scenes preparations to arrive at the completed show. This NYFW, we’ve sweet-talked a few of them into giving us an exclusive peek behind the curtain as they cast, score, style, and ready their presentations. Next up: Sophia Kokosalaki, the creative director of Diesel Black Gold.
“Every person in the team is just as important as every other; this is why communication is key. I always work very closely with my seamstresses.”
“I always try to maintain a fun aspect in these intense pre-show days. I try not to overdo it with the coffee—that helps.” Continue Reading “Sophia Kokosalaki’s Fashion Week Diary” »