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Diesel Black Gold by Sophia Kokosalaki: "I Hate the Word Hippie."

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"There was a strong 1970s California feel to the debut collection for Diesel Black Gold by the London-based designer, Sophia Kokosalaki. 'I love working with leather and I like the idea of artisanal clothing, things that are handworked and have an 'age' to them,' she said, as she checked out the models in hand-tooled leathers, tie-dye skirts and patchwork waistcoats. So, a bit hippie then? 'Don't say that! I hate the word 'hippie', it's the handcrafted feel I'm working,' was Sophia's immediate response." —Telegraph UK

"As the first model made her way down the runway, black curtains fell away to reveal New York’s skyline from Pier 92, causing an almost-blinding flood of light into the room. That lightness was echoed in the collection as well: leather jackets look like they’d been left out to mature in the sun for many months while the occasional silk print dress gave an airiness to the otherwise edgy clothes. For women, flared jeans stuck out against the litany of skinny silhouettes that’s dominated fashion for as long as most of us can remember." —Vibe
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Diesel Black Gold Spring 2011

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