October 23, 2014

STYLE MUSE: Yves Saint Laurent

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This week, we’re groovin’ back to the Seventies. A time when fashion was all about experimentation and freedom of expression. No one other than Yves Saint Laurent portrayed those things, whose tailored style and classic square framed glasses, was a fixture in the fashion world. Being one of the most illustrious designers and fashion pioneers, his personal style of smart pantsuits, tuxedo looks, and tailored outfits echoed into his countless collections that revolutionized the way women dressed.

Scroll through as we look back at our favorite YSL moments… >>

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SHOP ‘ GROOVE OUT ‘

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October 17, 2014

A Tee 4 Ways

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A shirt can be an incredible staple and a formidable tool to have. Besides being a classic piece, there are endless ways to get creative to make incredible looks. Here are four ideas you can try, featuring our Lazy Oaf ‘Scribble’ Tee.

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Look 1: The Infinity Sleeve Wrap Dress Using two shirts that are identical or similar, start by wearing the first shirt as you normally would. Take the second shirt and wrap the collared area around your waist and fasten the buttons haphazardly so that one size drapes longer than the other. You can then either tie the sleeves around your waist or you can stick your hands into the sleeves like we did to create an infinity sleeve.

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Look 2: Harem Skirt Pant Start by putting your legs through the sleeves of a shirt that is 1-2 sizes bigger than your normal size. Make sure buttons are facing front as you do this. Next take the collared part of the shirt and bring it up to your waist and fasten the buttons. It should be tight enough but still loose enough to sit at your lower waist. This creates a skirted panel much like a harem pant. You can also try wearing this as a skirt and wrapping the arms around your waist instead.

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Look 3: The Layered Trench Taking two identical shirts, button the left hand side of one shirt into the right hand side of the other shirt. This will look like one massive shirt. Put your arms through the very outer sleeves.  This look is incredibly easy to make and the asymmetrically of the shirts is really interesting when draped over the body!

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Look 4: Harem Skirt Jumper Following the instructions of the Harem Skirt Jumper (look #2) and throw on a shirt with a matching print or color to create a unified jumper look. Using shirts that are a few sizes bigger than you would usually take will give you a relaxed fit and look.

 

S H O P   S H I R T S

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October 17, 2014

STYLE MUSE: Le Femme Nikita (1990)

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One of the earliest film’s by French director Luc Besson (Leon, the Professional & Fifth Element) whose known for his ultra-stylish and visually mind-boggling sci-fi films. The film is based on Anne Parillaud’s character, Nikita (named after an Elton John song) who plays a stylishly bad ass top secret spy.

Nikita’s transformation from a quirky, bad girl, drug addicted street punk to a sleek ladylike assassin takes us on an epic fashion thriller. Enter her punky print oversized button downs, cut out wide brimmed hats, a slinky little black dress, and boxy structured coats; all of which were easily effortless without thinking and could not pose a threat to society like her character. Scroll through as we look back on some of Le Femme Nikita’s stylish moments…

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SHOP ‘ NO EFFORT DRESS ‘

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October 14, 2014

KOSHKA FALL/WINTER 2014 LOOKBOOK | The Observer

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In our Fall/Winter lookbook we’re keeping warm with oversized pieces and playing with pairing loose silhouettes with equal proportions from head to toe. Accessories are minimal, toned down and sleek.

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 SHOP PIECES FROM THE LOOKBOOK

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October 9, 2014

STREETSTYLE: KNIT-PICKY

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This week, we rounded up our favorite knit-wrapped looks for the season. As temps begin to drop, there are plenty of reasons to bring out those trusty knits for the big chill. From nubby knits to fleeced jumpers and beyond, toss it over any outfit and you instantly have a look that’s easily effortless and ultimately cozy altogether. Scroll on… >>

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S H O P  K N I T W E A R  E S S E N T I A L S 

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October 8, 2014

In The Mood: Knit Into You

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You don’t know how lips hurt
Until you’ve kissed and had to pay the cost
Until you’ve flipped you’re heart and you have lost
You don’t know what love is

Do you know how lost hearts fear
The thought of reminiscing
And how lips that taste of tears
Loose the taste for kissing

You don’t know how hearts yearn
For love that cannot live yet never dies
Until you’ve faced each dawn with sleepless eyes
How could you know what love is

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S H O P  ‘ K N I T  W E A R  E S S E N T I A L S ‘

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September 26, 2014

IN THE STUDIO WITH VASA MIHICH: “Ideas have no value, if not made.”

As we transition from Summer to Winter, we are shifting to more primal colors and subtle details. Fashion and art can both walk the same path from time to time, which led us to seeking out an Artist who also had a relation to these principles.

As an alumni from the Design Department at UCLA, the first artist that came to mind was none other than the infamous Vasa Mihich, a professor most notably known for his sense of humor, but who also nurtured and taught incoming design students right as they entered the door as a naive and wide-eyed freshman. Although it had been nearly 4 years since having Vasa’s mentorship, he opened the door to his studio without hesitation for us at Koshka. We got a behind the scenes tour of Vasa’s studio based right here in the heart of LA.

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As Vasa immigrated from Yugoslavia to LA in the 1960′s he started off from humble beginnings as he transitioned into the LA Art scene. When asking Vasa about his practice he bluntly reveals, “success is the problem.” As I tried to decipher this statement, Vasa divulged that he had always tried to distance his creative process from any outside interferences of commercial success or profit. Vasa proudly adorns the title of “Conceptual Artist” and as we walk through his studio basking in the bountiful amounts of painting and sculptures, we begin trying to uncover some of the concepts behind his work.

Vasa quickly states, “I know there is a concept, but I forget.”

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Knowing Vasa, I’m not the least bit phased or surprised. It turns out that Vasa has a current book underway that aims to reconstruct his initial concepts behind some of his most famous works. The books also aims to uncover the systems that much of Vasa’s works encapsulates, hinting that systems are not always purely mechanical.

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As an artist, Vasa not only develops concepts, but develops the very techniques to materialize his visions. The studio houses two very different worlds: a gallery on one side, and on the other an industrialized filled machine-shop where Vasa and his team physically create everything. It’s rare, especially for an artist based in Los Angeles, to create everything in-house at their studio. Vasa has kept this up for the past 50 years, a feat that should not be forgotten.

As we begin looking at his sculptures, we are told that many of the details of these pieces actually started off as mistakes. Vasa does not necessarily even see these pieces of work as sculptures, but rather more as “3-dimensional paintings.” Vasa went on to make miniature multiples of his work when asked to create pieces that could be carried in the Gift shops of many the museums his work was exhibited in. Although Vasa joked about how there was no profit in doing so, he did suggest that it had an even greater purpose than monetary gain, in that it offered international visibility for his work. By keeping his price-point at a reasonable price it allowed his art to be tangible by many of his fans, outside of the arts community.

As I begin to ask another question Vasa interrupts, “A lot of people think I’m somebody, but you’re looking at someone who disagrees!”

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As we come to a close of the tour, we sit down with Vasa and ask him some of the last questions we have on our chest. I ponder why Vasa’s work has always been compared to the interactions of light and color and he quickly discards this claim.

He jokes by stating, “I don’t stress this. If we didn’t have light, we wouldn’t see the colors. Everything would be black! You need the light to see my work.” It seems that much of Vasa’s work carries a variety of systems and concepts that many critics and online sources haven’t yet discovered.

One of Vasa’s core philosophies as an artist holds that “ideas have no value if not made.”

I ask Vasa if he has any projects currently underway as I look at some sketches skewed about his desk. The words finish-fetish slip from his mouth as he states how he is creating some of his ideas from nearly 50′s years ago that he did not have the funds at the time to create. To go back after all this time and finally fabricate these structures show the inner perfectionist that Vasa truly is.

Our visit comes to a close, and although I may not be able to understand his work any better than when we started the tour, his words of wisdom jump in and around my brain, much like the memories I have of him as my professor.

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Check out more of Vasa’s work here:

 http://vasastudio.com

CHECK OUT OUR VASA INSPIRED COLLECTION

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