Imagine a breathtaking trapeze ballerina,
Vittoria, dancing through the air. Her ephemeral, delicate
beauty ignites passion and envy as two rivals vow to win
her love. The Ringmaster, a man of power iced with pride,
is pitted against the Lion Tamer, determined to rule the
domain of beasts. This is the world of drama, intricacy,
and desire where Coco Kilks’ Circus
Collection comes to life.
In the dizzying glitz of
the limelight, Coco’s heroines
are silently sad, haunted by terrifying recollections of
the war. Consequently, the enticing vermillion satin strapless
dresses, military inspired tailored jackets, and pitch black
trouser suits peppering this collection mirror a duality
of existence. Vittoria, a stunning temptress hiding a frightened
little girl behind a façade of bogus dazzle, is pursued
by two men who also seek separate halves of the whole.
creations, defined by rigorous tailoring, impeccable craftsmanship,
and architectural details, are infused with a romantic sensibility.
Clad in Coco Kliks, picturesque women exist suspended in
time, representing a rare moment of beauty. That is why the
fashion clique awaits Ms. Kliks’ Autumn 2005 show with
imminent anticipation. However, before unveiling her new
body of work Coco spoke to Fashionlines about inspiration,
art and life as a designer. Here is what she had to say…
Interview with Coco Klicks
1. How did your love affair with the world of
As a young girl in Thailand, I was enthralled with
elegant friends. Fascinated on the side lines, I had plenty of
opportunity to make critical studies of feminine
that's when cupid’s arrow hit me...
2. In your opinion, what aspects of your work distinguish
you from other designers?
I have my own way of doing things. I’m not
cheap or lazy, that's why my stuff looks different.
3. What defines the Coco Kliks woman and her stylistic
Luxurious hand work and a commitment to detail that separate a treasured
thing of beauty from a disposable consumer product.
4. How does being an LA based designer affect your
Living in Los Angeles provides me with the relative isolation to
stay focused on my vision, yet affords me the opportunity to show
on an emerging platform that is beginning to catch the interest
of the media.
5. What is your opinion on LA Fashion Week?
I am entirely grateful that it's consolidated and now gaining momentum,
but if LA is ever going to be taken seriously, it's
got to grow up , and that means losing the jeans and jersey image.
6. What inspires your art?
Life, people, color, art, history, fashion, nature,
7. In your most recent collection, you rehashed innocent
all-American exuberance. Why? How has the collection
I thought to reference a time in America’s
history that was generally more hopeful,
united, and creative to draw a comparison to the State of
the Union today.
8. You use the past as a point of reference. How
do you tailor the old to fit the new?
Maybe I’ll pick a silhouette, or a color palette and I’ll
let it influence what I conceive as modern dressing, while staying
true to my distinctive style .
9. To you, what is American panache?
Clean, fresh, democratic sportswear, big brands designers like,
Michael Kors, Perry Ellis, and Geoffrey Beene. Furthermore, it
is brands that have consistently maintained high quality design,
sturdy construction, and mass appeal.
10. How do you feel about the fragmentation of fashion?
It gives a chance to many creative voices and perhaps allows
the customer more individuality. But, as we near the end
of the decade, I think we will see a consolidation
of styles and the first signs of the look that will define the fashion
of the 2010s.
11. What are the staples of an elegantly chic, effortlessly
I think it depends entirely on the individual. Consider
your personality and lifestyle and go form there.
Don’t buy into a trend unless
it truly suits you.
12. Name a personality; past or present, you would
like to dress.
Madame de Maintenon (most important mistress of Louis XIV). With
one stroke (or dress) one could influence every single woman of
fashion in a (very slow) world wide ripple effect - possibly lasting
decades, and, of course, price is no object.
13. How do you see your work evolving in the years
The fascination right now is with the past. Our aspirations are
rummaging around in the previous century, looking for something
kind and familiar. I am happy to be a part of this review. But
the shapes I see on the horizon are moving
away from the literal and more towards the abstract less
recognizable, more personal.
14. Is your name an homage to fashion icon Madame
No. I love her arch rival, Schiaparelli.