Designer collaboration alert! Sophia Kokosalaki, the London-based Greek designer known for her trademark draping techniques, has launched her first diffusion line, Kore, exclusively at ASOS.
The first drop of the collection is available now, with more pieces arriving later this week, priced from £60 to £495. Named after the ancient word for maiden, Kore offers handcrafted dresses, tunics and trousers in organic cotton and silk with artisan lace detailing made by a community co-operative workshop in Sri Lanka.
'Our first support project under Kore is to work with the lace-making ladies to provide a regular income for them and their families,' explains Kokosalaki. 'It is also important that Kore helps keep traditional handcrafts alive.'
This silk dress (above and below) with its intricate handmade lace neckline and racer back is one of my favourite designs in the collection. It's an investment piece at £320, but boy isn't that delicate back detail stunning? It comes in teal, too. And, of course, it's that little bit more affordable than Sophia Kokosalaki's mainline collections.
The ruffled, wired hemline of the star-trim cocktail dress, meanwhile, reminds me of the Sophia Kokosalaki catwalk design (below) I nearly chose for my wedding dress. From her spring/summer 2006 collection, it shares similar details to both these Kore designs.
While I didn't get married in Sophia Kokosalaki, one of her early collaborations with Topshop in 2005, I think, may well be the first designer/high-street purchase I made. (A soft grey jersey draped gown, should you care to know.)
Talking of Topshop and wedding dresses, let me tell you about two more designer collaborations. First is by London designer Maarten van der Horst, whose signature Hawaiian prints feature in a capsule collection for Topshop, on sale now.
Then, in June, comes Topshop's first bridal collection, courtesy of Richard Nicoll. Viktor & Rolf made a wedding dress for H&M, but here Nicoll has created a whole collection. Bargainista brides, this is for you.