NYFW is every fashion enthusiasts dream! This is one of the major events on every Fashion Calendar where Designers from far and wide showcase their latest collections for the Spring/Summer season. The unique style and personality of L.A based Fashion Designer is definitely something to talk about and we are quite privileged to bring her exclusive take on NYFW as a Fashion Designer. This year, Coco was the invited celebrity guest of the Producer and she shared her Fashion Diary as well as new trend pieces to complement your wardrobe. The Haute Lifestyle got an inside look of what she wore while going from show to show.
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Coco Johnsen started Coco johnsen Fashion House Blog in the fall of 2012 to share all of her favorite fashionable things and a behind the scenes look of her designer fashion house and life. From creating a delicious recipe to designing a perfect dress or gown for spring, Coco Johnsen began curating the best of lifestyle to help her readers save time, simplify and feel inspired. Determined to publish a genuine and resourceful issue each month, for many, Coco johnsen Fashion House blog is becoming the most trusted girlfriend on the web.
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The Coco Johnsen Collection
Rather than talking about the products we loved, why not apply the same discerning philosophy of our publication to products and create them? Each Fashion Week designer Coco Johnsen will premiere behind the scenes photo’s of fashion shows ,photo shoots and creative production images exclusively to you.
Born and raised in North Carolina, Coco Johnsen spent most of her childhood in foster homes and moved to an orphanage with her two older brothers when she was 12. years old. After graduating from high school at age 17, Coco won a scholarship and became the first African-American to receive a Rotary International Scholarship to study in Brazil as a foreign exchange student. It was in Brazil that Johnsen master the Portuguese language
Upon completing her studies, Coco ventured to New York City and was discovered as a model by Jordan Epperson, the sister of Project Runway star designer, John Epperson. Johnsen was quickly swept into a shoot for Essence magazine in which she worked with celebrity make-up artist, Sam Fine. Fine and the staff of Essences transformed the young Coco, into the legendary cabaret icon, Josephine Baker. Coco adapted to the fast-paced world of fashion and beauty. Standing at 5’7″, Johnsen modeled for Wilhelmina, Grace del Marco and Elite as well as several international agencies. Her beauty and grace, as well as, a position as an international flight attendant led Johnsen to countries such as South Africa, Sweden, Germany, Brazil, Japan, Finland, Norway and Milan, Italy. Before long Coco was appearing in Coors Light and Miller Lite campaigns, Diesel Jeans ad, Revlon and several lifestyles ads. Coco Johnsen has appeared in illustrious magazines such as Vibe, Essence, Glamour, Cafe, Swedish Elle, Heart and Soul and Rolling Stone Magazine.
Her modeling career led to lead parts in music videos for Naughty by Nature directed by Brett Ratner, De’ Angelo directed by Fab Five Freddy, Big Daddy Kane, Monica, Melissa Etheridge and the late Heavy D. No stranger to national commercials, Coco appeared in a Miller Genuine Draft campaign that aired nationally. She also appeared with rapper Jay-Z in a international campaign for the VH-1 Awards Show shot by world renown photographer and director, David La Chapelle. After Brett Ratner suggested that Johnsen pursue acting, she applied and was accepted to the Lee Strassburg Theatre Institute in New York City.
Coco Johnsen studies at the Lee Straussberg Institute was interrupted due to her high demand as a model and actress. Coco was flown to Los Angeles to be photographed for a centerfold for Playboy Magazine. With measurement that ready 34DD- 24- 34 she caught the eye of Hugh Hefner and was a staple at the Playboy mansion. During her tenure at Playboy, she was filmed for and had a recurring role in Playboy Television’s 7 Lives Exposed and Girl Next Door. Coco Johnsen was a Playboy ‘Cyber Girl of the Week’ and appeared in Playboy’s 50th Anniversary issue. As a glamor model, Coco was featured in 5 Bench Warmer’s Trading Cards, Angles of the Fairways calendar and had two successful ‘Coco Johnsen’ swimwear calendars.
While in Hollywood, Coco Johnsen appeared on UPN’s The Parker’s as well as a supporting role in the feature film Out for Blood with Kevin Dillon. She co-hosted the Whole Nine Yardsfilm premiere with Bruce Willis and Wild On Bikini Destination’s Brazil,
In 2005, Coco Johnsen decided to follow her true love and study Fashion and Design. She was accepted into The Fashion Institute Of Design in Los Angeles and is currently the C.E.O of Coco Johnsen LLC with her Coco Johnsen line which was introduced in 2006. In 2007, Johnsen debuted her signature collection entitled, ‘TRAIL OF TEARS. The luxurious collection of fine silks, beading, and embroidery was sanctioned by Fern Malias and Mercedes Benz Los Angeles Fashion Week. Her collection was shown to an elite guest list including actress Megan Fox, Paula Patterson, celebrity photographer Matthew Jordan-Smith, socialite Caroline Barcadi and the Apprentice alumni, Omarosa Manigault – Stallworth. Coco Johnsen enlisted the Celebrity Stylist Ty-Ron Mayes as the Creative Director to her collections. As of 2012 Johnsen and Mayes participated in Style Week Jamaica where Coco Johnsen was featured as a guest designer. Upon viewing her Coco Johnsen collection and her new Cocolicious collection of swimwear, Yomi Abilola, editor at Italian Vogue’s Vogue.it documented her Sailor Jumper in a black and white editorial photographed in Jamaica by Jason Eric Hardwick. She was also approached by Editor Helen Jennings of ARISE Magazine who is featuring her “Wolfsbane Coat” in the September Issue. Coco Johnsen recently designed her first men’s wear jacket for Lady Gaga famed male model & actor Ricco aka Zombie boy for West East Magazine China.
Her designs have appeared in Italian Vogue, ARISE Magazine, GQ,Vogue Uk, Flaunt, Ocean Magazine, Traffic News-To-Go, Apparel News, Genlux, 944, WWD and Germany’s Bretz Furniture Campaign photographed by Udo Spreitzenbarth to name a few. Coco has dressed the late Farrah Fawcett, Megan Fox, Misha Barton, Lee Lee Sobieski, Garcelle Beauvais, Laura Vandervoort, Janice Dickenson, Jesslyn Gelsig, Christiana Milan, Holland Roden,Vanessa Branch, Bai Ling, Petra Murgatroyd and Robin Givens. Upon Mayes’ request, Johnsen constructed a custom made, futuristic beaded jumper for the model turned mogul Tyra Banks for a cover story featuring Banks in West East Magazine and Johnsen also designed the famed Vanity gown for Tyra Banks slated for the cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine.
As the designer to watch, Coco Johnsen appeared in Lifetime Television’s new reality series “24 Hour Catwalk” from the producers of Project Runway hosted by Alexa Chung and judged by James, La Force and Cynthia Rowley and Derek Blasberg. Coco is currently writing her memoir about her life story of a girl who overcome the stigma of foster care and rises to the tops of the Fashion and beauty industry. Johnsen is currently in search of a backer as she expands her brand into severals lines. You discover more details on Coco Johnsen and her career in fashion by logging onto and following her fan site and blog at www.cocojohnsen.com. Johnsen’s fashion collection is available for viewing at www.cocojohnsenboutique.com. To shop for Coco Johnsen and Cocolicious, please go to www.cocojohnsen.com/store
More than the Organza morning coats, the lace cutout sheer gowns and tulli tops, Coco Johnsen showed progression in this collection . A nod to the future of fashion and vintage inspired looks: joyous and just a little bit twisted, starting with the mask make up looks, jumpsuits and unisex skunk coats.
Coco Johnsen, “I wanted to experiment with this collection and I created a few men’s wear looks for the first time “.
We created vintage style moto jackets for men with embellishment on the sleeve and a unisex skunk coat.
One of my favorite fashion icon’s once said
“Fashion must be the most intoxicating release from the banality of the world,” Diana Vreeland
Coco Johnsen runway make up featured tribal looks and super comic book hero’s inspirations for her Los Angeles Fashion Week show.
Make up this season was used more as a mask or a shield helping to create each character. The head of make up decided to use no highlighter and instead we used a lot of moisturizer to make the skin glow and luxurious grease pencils around the eyes. All make up sponsored by Star Looks.
Make Up : Fidel Gonzales, Mcintyre Management.
Hair : Tonya Lee, Luxelabbelair
Nails : Jolene Canzoner Broduer
Location : Style Fashion Week, The Reef, Los Angeles, CA.
When it comes to her runway show fashion designer Coco Johnsen has taken into consideration every little detail. And no detail is smaller than the models’ fingertips, which this season showcased every nail-art trend around: silver stars, faux snakeskin, shiny metallics, single black polka dots and vintage model photo’s from her past career as a model. We rounded up her favorite nail looks for the 2016 Warrior Collection.
Nail Art created by : Jolene Canzoneri.
Make Up : Fidel Gonzalez.
Hair : Tonya Lee for LuxelabBelair.
Photo : Jeff Linett.
Harpers Bazzar Featured Coco Johnsen Lola Gown On the Cover.
Fantastic’s Magazine editorial feature on Coco Johnsen design and Interview.
Actress Tisha Arnold appeared on THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW wearing the Coco Johnsen Imani jacket.
NETFLIX – ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK actress Aylissa Ryder wearing Coco Johnsen Bregerie Jumper.
PAULINA RUBIO wears Coco Johnsen to promote T.V. show “JANE THE VIRGIN“ AND THE AD APPEARED ON THE SIDE OF A BUILDING ON HOLLYWOOD BLVD LARGER THAN LIFE.
The Coco Johnsen T-Shirt hit the runway at Style Fashion Week Los Angeles. In 2016 Coco Johnsen will launch additional T-Shirts, available on Ebay.com and in the Coco Johnsen store.
Once I see the collection looks then I edit the collection down. Then we are ready for our model fitting.
My Inspiration board hangs in my office to inspire me and helps me to stay focused on my goal.
THE CASTING SESSION IS PRIVITAL TO THE LOOK OF THE ENTIRE SHOW BECAUSE I ALWAYS HAVE A VISION AND A STRONG IDEA OF THE TYPE OF CHARACTERS OR MODEL I WANT TO CAST.
WE ARE STANDING OUTSIDE THE BEVERLY WILSHIRE HOTEL BECAUSE THEY KICKED US OUT WHEN THEY REALIZED THAT WE WERE HOLDING A MODEL CASTING.
INSTEAD OF GIVING UP AND RESCHEDULING THE WHOLE CASTING, I DECIDED TO CONTINUE AND HELD CASTING ON THE SIDEWALK IN BEVERLY HILLS.
WE HAD THE MODELS PARADE UP AND DOWN THE SIDE WALK AS IF THEY WALKING ON A CATWALK.
WE HAD A GREAT SHOW.
From the Producers of Project Runway on Lifetime Television.
Being on the show was so much fun but a lot of hard work. As a contestant we had so many challenges to over come. When the Producers asked me what type of animal I was afraid of and I said snakes, well of course they put a snake in my sewing basket. Now that’s just wrong, but it made for a great show and was so funny.
The dress I designed was a gorgeous black & white Piyet asymmetrical cocktail dress, but I used too much of the sample stripe Piyet fabric and was voted off first! Darn it! Can’t wait for a rematch. Catch the re-runs on Life Time Television or on the 24 Hour Catwalk Youtube channel.
Check out Tichina Arnold of “Martin” and “Everyone Loves Chris” fame appearing on “The Wendy Williams Show” wearing Coco Johnsen Imani Jacket.
The Fabulous Tichina Arnold made an appearance on April14 ,2014 on the Wendy Williams show to promote her new Life Time Television movie “Let’s Stay together” co-starring Whoppi Goldberg, wearing the Coco Johnsen Imani spiked jacket. Tichina Rocked it ! She got a standing ovation and she looked amazing.
DESIGNER JERMEY SCOTT HAS TAKING OVER ADDAIS & MOSCHINO TO REVIVAL PRAISE. I KNOW I DON’T NORMALLY PROFILE OTHER DESIGNERS ON MY BLOG, BECAUSE ODVIOUSLY I AM A DESIGNER MYSELF, BUT I HAD TO MAKE ACCEPTION TO THE UNWRITTEN RULE HERE BECAUSE I AM SO IMPRESSED WITH THE GENIUS OF JERMEY SCOTT. HE’S USING SPONGE BOB…WHAT! AND MICKIE D’S …I AM OBBSESSED WITH THESE LOOKS. BRAVO , I WANT EVERYTHING .
SPRING IS MY FAVORITE SEASON AND THESE LOOKS ARE FASHIONABLE AND FUN. CROPPED TOPS THAT EXPOSE THE MIDRIFF, WELL THIS LOOK IS NOT FOR EVERYONE, WEAR ONLY IF YOU CAN PULL THIS LOOK OFF AND IF YOU’VE BEEN WORKING OUT.
A NEW LOOK FOR TRENCH COATS.
COLOR BLOCKED HANDBAGS
CRISP ALL WHITE LOOKS AT VICTORIA BECKHAM, GORGEOUS.