If you are privy to the L.A. fashion scene and the happenings surrounding Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, then you probably know Coco Johnsen. If you don’t know her, perhaps you've seen her buzzing around the tents and sitting front row at many designer shows of the past. Chocolate skin, platinum blond hair, big sunglasses and platforms are elements of her signature style. Although eclectic for some tastes, Johnsen makes her looks all her own and demands that people take note of her fabulousness. The former model and cyber pin-up girl knows just what it takes to get noticed in a world were lights and cameras reign supreme.
The art of being fabulous extended beyond personal style for the season's Spring 2008 collections, as Johnsen was one of the designers debuting her own self-titled line. Just like the designer herself, the collection was filled with in-your-face fashion trends and standout vibrant colors including bright yellow, hot pink and electric blue. Ranging from uber sexy bathing suits to girlie dresses and spring-esque shorts, I was pleasantly surprised by Johnsen's take on the future of fashion and the nice touches of retro Hollywood glamour sprinkled throughout the line.
Flowy fabrics of chiffon and charmuese created romantic ruffled tops, some sleeveless and high collared and others scoop-necked and long sleeved draping lazily off the shoulders. Skinny pencil skirts and shiny silk shorts in crayon colors made the perfect base to the look. Short sets are going to be one of the hottest trends to make their way into the wardrobes of fashion lovers everywhere. Johnsen was sure to give us another option when it comes to making our purchases. An electric blue short set with a tailored jacket and belt was amazing. Another element of the collection that I loved was the swimwear. From a 50’s inspired bikini to barely-there bandeaux tops and bottoms, Johnsen’s swimwear should be the rage of celebrities prepping to hit the beach or poolside at a swank hotel.
When it came to the dresses of the collection, Johnsen kept them very girlie with elements of eyelet cutouts, heart-shaped strapless bodices and loose full skirts with delicate details. With the other garments taking a much sexier approach, I was pleased to see Johnsen balance things out with her set of dresses. There was truly something for everyone.
Among those checking out the collection included actress Megan Fox of this past summer hit "Transformers". She seemed amazed at the designs and delighted to be amongst the viewers of the show.
I am sure we will definitely see and hear more from Coco Johnsen. You can find out additional information about the designer by logging onto www.cocojohnsen.com. Additionally, you will be able to find out where to purchase pieces of her collection.
Published on Dec 31, 1969