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10 posts tagged "Sophia Kokosalaki"

Andreas Melbostad, Back In Black (And Gold)

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After announcing the departure of Sophia Kokosalaki earlier this month, Diesel Black Gold has reportedly appointed Norwegian designer Andreas Melbostad (pictured, left) to take the reins of the label in October. Melbostad’s name will be familiar to fashion obsessives as the designer of the cult-adored Phi (pictured, right) in the aughts, whose skintight leathers and sexy dresses prefigured fashion’s swing back to the hard-edged eighties look later picked up by other labels. Will he work the same magic in denim? Diesel Black Gold’s commitment to leather suggests he may be a good match. Since the closure of Phi in 2009, Melbostad has consulted for Roberto Cavalli.

Photos: Thomas Concordia / Getty Images (Melbostad); Marcio Madeira (Phi)

Sophia Kokosalaki To Exit Diesel Black Gold

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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.

Photo: Henry S. Dziekan III / Getty Images

Taking Fashion At Face Value

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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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Photo: Courtesy of Mugler

Sophia Kokosalaki’s Fashion Week Diary

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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” »

Blasblog: It All Glitters For Diesel Black Gold

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If the amount of paparazzi outside an establishment is any indication of its popularity—which is the only barometer I use to measure this sort of thing—then the place to be last night in London was Claridge’s Hotel in Mayfair. There were dozens of paps loitering, leaning on their expensive cars and mopeds. (Side note: How much do these guys make?!) Claridge’s was ground zero for all of the evening’s big events: The Sex and the City ladies were rumored to be staying there, following the London premiere of SATC 2; the National Movie Awards after-party was there; and Diesel was throwing a swanky dinner in the hotel’s Drawing Room in honor of its recently appointed Black Gold creative director, Sophia Kokosalaki. (Read our Q&A with her here.)

That last was the reason I was there, and my goodness, it was a swanky affair: Champagne and wine (Diesel’s own vintage, thankyouverymuch) in a private salon with Alison Goldfrapp, Daisy Lowe, Elisa Sednaoui, Luke Evans, and David Gandy, followed by a delicious dinner in a room with my favorite sorts of finishings—silk wallpaper, moldings, and gilt, gilt, gilt. Kokosalaki is a marvelous dinner companion but isn’t particularly keen on public speaking and demurred from a formal toast. Luckily, her host and new boss, the irrepressible Renzo Rosso (left, with Kokosalaki and Lowe), doesn’t share that hang-up. He made a speech celebrating Kokosalaki’s designs and intelligence and welcoming her to the Diesel family. After dinner, we repaired to Bungalow 8. Sophia, who’d never been before, humored me with a dance (as did our fellow dinner companion, Jefferson Hack!), but confided that she preferred the grittier East London nightlife to Bungalow glitz. Sounds like a Black Gold girl, through and through.

Photo: Courtesy of Diesel