What better time to post my interview with the gorgeous Danielle Vagner, owner and creative director of Kookai Australia, than while I am in sunny Las Vegas – the inspiration behind Kookai’s Autumn/Winter 2015 collection. I caught up with Danielle for a quick chat about the new collection, travel, and of course her must do Vegas tips!
What was the inspiration behind the gorgeous new range? The structured, clean lines and silhouettes are absolutely stunning, I just love it!
The collection has taken a really new approach for Kookai, with longer lengths, tailored silhouettes, pastel hues and sophisticated fabrications. It is really chic, bold, feminine and perfect for all occasions! The bright lights and unmistakable visual icons were the perfect backdrop to showcase it.
It must have been incredible working with Lily Donaldson! Is she just as gorgeous in person as she looks in the campaign?
Yes Lily was wonderful to work with, we have always admired her as a model over the years so it was really exciting to work with her on this campaign.
Your Kookai collections are always inspired by a new destination, with this new winter collection drawing its inspiration from the bright lights of Las Vegas! What is your absolute favourite travel destination?
That’s easy, it would have to be Saint Tropez in the South of France. My best friend has a beautiful house on the beach there and for years we have holidayed together there. We were lucky enough to photograph our last summer campaign there too.
I’m heading off to Vegas for the first time this month! Any tips for a girls first time on the famous strip!?
Visit a Casino and play a hand of Black Jack, Hire a convertible mustang and drive through the desert, Visit the Neon Boneyard (this is one of the locations we photographed the campaign), Meet the best Elvis in Vegas and for fun get hitched at an all night Chapel!
If you could dress me for my first night out in Vegas, what would I be wearing?
Depending on your schedule, I would style you up in my favorite Vegas look which is the Franklin Dress, Pashma Heels and the beautiful element back jewellery for a bit of bling.
Are you more of a winter fashion or summer fashion girl?
Winter girl! I love dressing up in layers and living in Melbourne we have the perfect climate to wear any of our Kookai collection from hats, trench coats, knits, dresses or pants.
Who are your style icons?
Carine Rochford and Emmanuel Al
When you first started out in the fashion industry, could you ever have imagined how incredible your business would one day be?
No it has been an amazing and challenging journey and it has exceeded all of my expectations.
What is next for Danielle Vagner and Kookai Australia?
Currently we are working on our Summer Collection, so we are planning a very fabulous overseas location to photograph our next campaign! Stay tuned x