Sunday, January 28, 2007

Top 5 for Spring - # 4

Sophia Kokosalaki! Imagine if Marchesa had been around for years, had smarter, more sophisticated tailoring and actually had the craftsmanship to back up the investment- worthy pieces. What would you get? The most amazing, underrated Grecian designer that nobody seems to notice as much as they should. She's finally been coming into her own over the last few seasons. Some may remember that she designed Bjork's massive gown for the Olympics a few years back. Literally, massive, as in covering-the-entire-stadium- field massive. She also designed some outfits for the Greek athletes competing in the events. Last fall, she joined Thakoon Panichgul and Vivienne Westwood to do a capsule collection for Nine West. All of this and she's still not a household name! Maybe if she got around to doing a Target Go! International collection, like the new, stunning Proenza Schouler guys have out...

Anyways, her show for Spring/Summer 2007 was amazing. As if she were still auditioning to revive Madame Vionnet's design house (which, natch, is already underway), she showed the most chicly modern goddess dresses I've seen all season. Cropped and swingy, she showed frocks more refined than any of the other trapeze dresses out right now. Unlike Marchesa's cheap and frothy unfinished hems, these showed much better attention to detailing. Hemlines resembled the waves crashing upon a Mediterranean beach, silky and irresistible. While dresses were the main focus, there were certainly a wide assortment of easy walking shorts for every shape and size. Summer, here we come!

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