collaboration with underwater photography artist Paola Talbert.
Nikki wearing Stampede Ghost Horse in silverWhat does Coup de Foudre mean?
It's a French expression and has a literal and a figurative meaning, Literally, un coup de foudre is a "bolt of lightning" or "thunderbolt." Figuratively, its "love at first sight, which is how I apply it to my designs :)
DivasWhat made you begin this range?
I'm a Surface Designer which means I create artwork that can be applied to a multitude of different surfaces - fabric, wallpaper, home wares - basically, if you've got a surface I can make it look sexy! It's a bit of an obsession, I see pattern everywhere. At the moment, my designs are on fabric but my next step is wallpaper and bedlinen
Nikki wearing A Murder (gasp!) Of RavenWhy leggings?
Initially I wanted to do wallpaper and bedlinen - I still do! However, the outlay was massive financially as I'm totally self funded. I looked at swimwear but there was already a lot out there. I noticed that there wasn't a great variety in terms of leggings so I jumped in!
Nikki wearing KaleidoscopeWhat inspires your designs?
Mostly it's colour, visual texture and nature. If I get stomach butterflies when I look at something I know there's something special there. I love working with mixed media - ink, bleach, dye, gouache paint - a lot of ideas stem from these works. Digital photography of abstract images- things that are a bit ethereal and magical looking :)
Buddha GardenWho do you design for?
Wolf Babes! Gals and guys that have their own style, don't follow trends and really own their look. The cool thing is so many people of different shapes, sizes and age groups have bought them.
Thank you! I tested ALOT of fabric before I decided on the one that I use. It's a bit thicker than most of the others out there I've looked at. It's a 4-way stretch Polyester-lycra, it's so snug and I've been wearing it for about 2 years without any sagging. It's great for yoga too.
Oooh yeh!! I'm working on a kids range, some more crop tops and a specialty yoga range.
SugahWhere do you hope CDF is in a year's time?
On everybody's BUTTS!!! :)
I love how versatile they are. You can dress them up super-glam for evening - heels and a sexy top, or wear them with high-tops and a t.shirt for a street look. You can wear them to yoga then go out afterwards without having to get changed. Why are they different? These are all my original artworks which I have printed onto the fabric and manufactured here in Sydney. They are 100% unique to Coup De Foudre!
Via my website: www.coupdefoudredesign.com and more recently, Cohesion Collection on Oxford St in Paddington. And yes, I do (and have!) shipped to NZ!
La Femme Nouveau in mint and gold