Photograph courtesy of the designer.


Get To Know Designer Christelle Kocher

And the inspiration for her fall line

by joseph errico

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.

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HometownStrasbourg, at the French and German border

Astrological signLibra

Design philosophyCuriosity and creativity

Material of choiceJersey

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

Musical metaphorA very intense mixed DJ set  

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

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

Dream travel destinationTrinidad and Tobago

Last novel you lovedThe Pale King by David Foster Wallace

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

SoundtrackAamourocean for my shows

Drink orderRed wine or Champagne or both  

Standby snackAvocado with some salt and pepper