Get To Know Designer Christelle Kocher

And the inspiration for her fall line

Photograph courtesy of the designer.

The following feature appears in the September 2016 issue of NYLON.

Since graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2002, Christelle Kocher has put in her time with some of the fashion world’s top talent—cutting her teeth at Chloé, Sonia Rykiel, Dries Van Noten, and Bottega Veneta. In 2015 she struck out on her own with a high-fashion-meets-streetwear brand dubbed Koché, complete with true couture detailing. As the artistic director of legendary plumassier (et fleuriste) Maison Lemarié, she has unparalleled access to Paris’ great maisons d’art, many of whom lent their talents to her budding designer label. The result helped Kocher establish a new category of dressing, “couture to wear,” earning her a nomination for this year’s LVMH prize. So, to whomever said couture is dead, in the hands of Christelle Kocher, it looks like it’s getting a reboot. 

Image courtesy of the designer.

Hometown
Strasbourg, at the French and German border

Astrological sign
Libra

Design philosophy
Curiosity and creativity

Material of choice
Jersey

Sartorial scenario
Right now, I’m not nostalgic, and I’m somewhere between Paris, Tokyo, and New York.

Musical metaphor
A very intense mixed DJ set  

Inspirations for fall ’16
A collage of couture, contemporary, craft, street culture, motocross, Nico Vascellari, Bjorn Copeland, and Greta Garbo

Personal wardrobe staple
 Black men’s jacket, embroidered top, and relaxed trousers

Dream travel destination
Trinidad and Tobago

Last novel you loved
The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

Favorite film of all time
Hard to pick only one, but Do the Right Thing stuck in my mind for a long time.

Soundtrack
Aamourocean for my shows

Drink order
Red wine or Champagne or both  

Standby snack
Avocado with some salt and pepper