Sophia Kokosalaki's Fashion Evolution
Pretty, though never sugary sweet, little tulle and raw silk dresses, distressed, deconstructed hems, slung on with a bold-shouldered leather jacket, stompy biker boots and a face set firmly to snarl. That is often the image that comes to mind when Sophia Kokosalaki’s name crops up, but success in fashion comes from being more than a one trick pony. Her stiff, structured cropped jackets could give the shyest socialite a confidence boost and she’s no slouch when it comes to red carpet moments either. Chloe Sevigny, Kirsten Dunst, Christina Ricci and Jennifer Connelly are just a small sample of the celebrities who favour her figure-flattering draped (sometimes even described as Hellenic) evening gowns. As is often the case with female designers, sex appeal comes from a tasteful, understated wrapping of the body, rather than bondage-tight or flesh flashing theatrics.
Of Greek origin, Kokosalaki was one of the London ‘bright young things’ of her generation, and since leaving Central Saint Martins with an MA in womenswear in 1998 showed at London fashion week regularly until 2005 when she moved to Paris – a clear marker to press and buyers of her enhanced status on the fashion scene. Other strings to her bow include costume design for theatre productions in Greece, chief designer for the Olympic games Athens 2004, a collection for Topshop and was creative director at French fashion house Vionnet from 2006 – 2008. She is now part of Italian manufacturing giant Staff International, which is owned by Renzo Rosso, founder of Diesel.