Get To Know Designer Christelle Kocher

    And the inspiration for her fall line

    by joseph errico · September 26, 2016

    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

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