An experimental concoction of androgynous tailoring, down-to-earth femininity, easy, breezy silhouettes and daringly sexy curveballs, Ada Kokosar is as cool as they come. The Milan-born, New York-based stylist and creative consultant wears her top picks for Spring 2016 and reveals her style secrets.
“A slouchy knit says low-key, but ruffles say romance - a pretty cool juxtaposition that makes this look infinitely wearable!”
Knit by SAINT LAURENT, skirt by DRIES VAN NOTEN, shoes by GIANVITO ROSSI, bag by CHLOÉ, belt by DRIES VAN NOTEN
“Practical, wearable and effortlessly stylish, Fendi’s take on the classic white dress is the piece you can play any way and your new summer failsafe.”
Top by MSGM, dress by FENDI, shoes by ACNE, bag by GUCCI
"Don’t be afraid of going sheer. This nude tulle waistcoat is a great transitional layering piece and it’s at its best worn over boyish denim and a racy bustier top. A tasselled bag in rainbow brights will amp up understated tones."
Waistcoat by DRIES VAN NOTEN, cardigan by LOEWE, top by DRIES VAN NOTEN, jeans by LOEWE, shoes by GIANVITO ROSSI, bag by CHLOÉ
How would you describe your style?
Free, unconventional and effortless. I don’t feel obliged to follow rules: I dress according to my mood or the occasion, so my style changes from day to day. For me, anything goes – unless I feel uncomfortable. I dress for my shape and never outside of my comfort zone. I feel that your clothes have to be in harmony with your body language; I make sure to dress in a way that allows me to express myself and move in comfort.
Who is your style icon?
There are so many! If I had to choose someone, I would say Tilda Swinton. She isn’t afraid to experiment and everything she wears is so elegant seemingly effortless.
Do you follow trends?
I make trends! Haha! But in all seriousness, as I said, I dress based on my mood so if I do follow a trend it is a less conscious decision, and instead of subscribing to it, I will interpret it in my own way.
What are your go-to pieces?
My go-to pieces and go-to look is a pencil skirt paired with a very chunky sweater - I like the silhouette that the casual cool combination creates.
How do you put an outfit together?
I usually feel an impulse to pick up one piece – it could be an accessory or a garment – and then everything else will follow and come together in a very organic way, so I actually tend to get dressed very quickly! My wardrobe is very organised which definitely helps! I can easily grab a piece with a specific colour or texture and then build from there. It’s an enjoyable part of my morning routine!
“In the words of Gucci’s Alessandro De Michele, “Beauty walks with uniqueness.” If getting dressed is all in the details, then this Gucci jacket is the kind of cover-up you need in your closet.”
Jacket by GUCCI, top by HOUSE OF HOLLAND, skirt by 1205, bag by GUCCI
“I’ve been a big fan of Marques’ Almeida since their debut and this denim jacket is the piece that will make everything in your wardrobe look cool. The contrast of the raw-edge hem paired with Ellery’s signature tailored cropped flare strikes the perfect balance.”
Jacket by MARQUES ALMEIDA, top by VETEMENTS, trousers by ELLERY, shoes by RICK OWENS, bag by STELLA MCCARTNEY
“The ethereal innocence of this dress makes me think of the Sofia Coppola movie, Virgin Suicides. Black accessories add a touch of tough and lend a grittier, sexier air. This is how to work an ultra-feminine look when your style is far from girly-girl.”
Dress by PREEN, shoes by GUCCI, belt by AZZEDINE ALAÏA
“My favourite thing about this Preen dress? It’s daring yet demure all at the same time and I love the crazy busy animal prints! White accessories will keep things fresh.”
Dress by PREEN, skirt by ROKSANDA, shoes by GIANVITO ROSSI
Do you have any guilty-pleasures?
I splurge on shoes. You can never have enough. They are definitely my downfall! When it comes to footwear I actually do submit to trends from time to time… Even if I know that a pair will only last one season and that I’ll only be able to wear them once, it doesn’t stop me, I NEED to wear them that one time!
Are you a clothes hoarder?
I have so many pieces - beyond anything you can imagine! I find it impossible to streamline my wardrobe! I have tried and failed – even holding on to things like stupid t-shirts from my teens! But it’s important to remember that fashion is cyclical. Things will be sure to make a comeback and when they do, you will kick yourself for throwing out that tee… The only time that I throw pieces out is when I have been compulsively shopping and I feel a sense of guilt whenever I see that unworn piece in the back of my wardrobe! When that happens I take the pieces to Salvation Army.
How is your wardrobe arranged?
All of my clothing in New York reside in their own bedroom! It’s a large room that is full of racks: the racks are ordered according to item and then by colour. But each item is also divided by silhouette too! Because I have so many things I need to be extremely organised to keep things manageable. For shoes I take Polaroid’s of each pair and attach them to the side of a shoebox so I can recognise them quickly. I’d compare my storage system to a magazine wardrobe!
Do you have a style uniform?
I recently came back from an amazing trip to Japan. While in Tokyo I bought a beautiful kimono and right now that is my new uniform. When I’m working from my apartment in New York my outfit has to be extremely comfortable, simple and pared back. I need a clear mind and no distraction so the space follows the same principle. My flat is super white, minimal and very tidy!
What piece should every woman should invest in?
An amazing blazer. It can make you feel strong and powerful, but at the same time completely relaxed and comfortable. It’s an absolute staple for any woman’s wardrobe.
“Embrace evening looks with a casual-cool twist. All you need to do is ground black-on-black pieces like this tailored blazer and jacquard skirt by teaming them with a laidback shoe: cue these adidas x Raf Simons sneakers.”
Blazer by SAINT LAURENT, top by DRIES VAN NOTEN, skirt by ROCHAS, trainers by RAF SIMONS X ADIDAS
“The trick to nailing this season’s stripes is to offset dramatic graphic patterns with a pop of colour, and what better way than with a cosy faux fur!”
Jacket by FILLES A PAPA, top by ESTEBAN CORTAZAR, skirt by STELLA MCCARTNEY, shoes by ACNE, bag by STELLA MCCARTNEY
“This outfit makes me think of a weekend getaway… the billowing skirt, relaxed knit and swishy fringed bag is perfect for walking through the beautiful little streets of Capri.”
Knit by NO. 21, skirt by ETRO, bag by SAINT LAURENT