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May 27, 2011 11:11 AM


Julia Chaplin Launches Gypset Line at Des Kohan

LA-based boutique Des Kohan launched journalist Julia Chaplin's latest endeavor last week, a dress collection called Gypset....

LA-based boutique Des Kohan launched journalist Julia Chaplin's latest endeavor last week, a dress collection called Gypset. Des Kohan x Gypset_3.jpgChaplin, a culture writer for publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Vogue, Elle, and Wallpaper, came up with the line's concept through her vast travels. Gypset, a mix of gypsy and jet-set, is what Chaplin describes as "the global references and chic speed of the jet-set mixed with the alternative, anti-commercialism and nomadic wile of a gypsy." To that effect, Chaplin started a blog bearing that name, which was picked up as a book titled "Gypset Style" by Assouline in 2009. The blog and the book spawned the next chapter for Chaplin: a clothing collection. he line of dresses and sarongs, ranging from $120 to $350, was inspired by a mix of 1980's downtown New York and Chaplin's global wanderings.

Desiree Kohan and Julia Chaplin_2.jpg"I love this idea of gathering references from foreign places and cultures and mashing them together without any real understanding of the original context. It's sort of a jetlagged view of the world," Chaplin told WWD. "The 1980's New York City part comes in because cultures were being sampled and remixed then before political correctness, like Grace Jones or Jean Michel Basquiat. So the results were a lot more fun and idiosyncratic and less sanitized."

Juan Carlos Obando_Desiree Kohan_Katherine Ross.jpgThe collection debuted at an event attended by Juan Carlos Obando, Katherine Ross, Monet Mazur and Abigail Spencer at Desiree Kohan's LA boutique Des Kohan last week. To mark the launch, jewelry designer Annie Costello Brown of Yves Saint Laurent created an exclusive of accessories collection for Gypset which was featured at the store alongside exclusive items from Azzedine Alaia, Hussein Chalayan, Viktor & Rolf, Sharon Wauchob and Preen.

The line will be carried at India Hicks's Sugar Mill on Harbour Island, the Bazaar at the Surf Lodge in Montauk, and Space 519 in Chicago.

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