I recently became acquainted with Co at Neiman Marcus. This Los Angeles-based brand was founded in 2011 by husband and wife designers Justin Kern and Stephanie Danan. I noticed standout pieces of their collection in the last few years while fashion browsing online on Nieman Marcus. The Michigan Avenue store recently held a special luncheon and fashion presentation with Co Account Executive, Natalie Rassow followed by a trunk show. This was the ideal opportunity for me to view both the spring and the fall collections and and learn more about the brand.
ABOUT THE DESIGNERS
The designers are a young couple who first met while working as film producers. Stephanie’s mother was a costume designer so she had always been surrounded by fashion and drama. When she came up with the idea to do fashion collection with her husband, he asked if he was her co-producer, which was how they came to name the collection Co. It reflects their creative partnership, which spans the worlds of fashion and film. Visit the Co website to view some of their amazing films and see their fashion collections presented, not on a typical runway, but you guessed it, on film.
CO DESIGN PHILISOPHY
Their design philosophy is to create a line of luxury essentials that together form a cohesive wardrobe. I was impressed with the beautiful fabrics and Natalie told us they start with fabrics and then design around them. Many of the fabrics are wrinkle free, and perfect for packing for a woman on the go. Most of the looks are versatile, can be worn day and evening and be interchanged to give you many styling options.
Each collection includes elements of ease and polish, femininity and practicality, and is always characterized by fine fabrics, unique silhouettes, and a sense of sophistication. I totally fell for Co! Here are a few of my favorites from the collection.
The fabric of this Co Floral Belted Long-Sleeve Midi Dress, $1,795 (on the left) is gorgeous. This Co Detachable-Cape Belted Gown, $1,795 (on the right) is perfection because you can wear the short sleeve ruffle dress from day to night and the cape can be worn with jeans or pants or even another dress.
This Co Tropical-Jacquard One-Shoulder Dress, Black/White, $1,250 is timeless!
I adore this Co Satin Flutter-Sleeve Jumpsuit, Black, $1,095 worn under their black lace coat, you will find at Neiman Marcus this fall.
Shop for Co at Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue or online at Neiman Marcus
– Carol Calacci