Yesterday I had the pleasure of being introduced to two wonderful things: clothing label Coccolily and Toronto boutique Shopgirls Gallery Boutique (1342 Queen St. W.). I had heard a lot about both Coccolily and Shopgirls but it was my first time seeing them both in the flesh (and cloth).
Shopgirls is an eclectic gallery-style boutique that sells designs—from clothes and jewellery to furniture and artwork—from an all-Canadian cast of designers and artists. Shopgirls is also the first boutique in Toronto to carry Montreal-based Coccolily.
Coccolily is designed by Ghanaian-born Naana Tennachie Yankie (who cut her design teeth as an intern at Marc Jacobs) and the Spring 2011 collection is made up of vibrant party-ready body con dresses with sexy features like cutouts, sheer lace panels, up-to-there hemlines and summer ready prints—the perfect antidote for seemingly never-ending grey winter days.
While Coccolily’s designs are definitely attention-grabbing the more demure shopper need not be shy, there are many pieces that offer peek-a-boo cutouts that expose minimal amounts of skin rather than large swaths including a pretty little linen dress with a green or orange belt around the back. Best of all Yankey’s designs would look good on a lot of different body types.
My favourite look from the collection also happens to be Yankey’s favourite look, an electric blue baby doll dress that will hit Shopgirl shelves in two weeks.
Also, keep your eye out for the soon-to-be released Coccolily accessories collection. What will the collection include? Don’t look to Yankey for any hints, her lips are sealed. “It is true that we are launching an accessories line and that line comes out in the summer. I really can’t tell you what it is,” she said. “Don’t think of jewellery, that’s so passé, and don’t think of socks or any of those silly things. It’s something very…. You’ll be shocked when you find out.”