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San Francisco Stories: Designer Candice Cuoco of CCUOCO

Welcome back to another installation of the SF Stories series!

Last time we caught up with model, actress, singer, jack-of-all-trades Jenefer Taylor and before that I sat down with Nataliia Karpenko to chat about staying healthy on the go. Today I’m back to share my interview with San Francisco-based designer Candice Cuoco.

Her name should sound familiar as her brand CCUOCO has made a number of appearances here on MCLV. We did a leather-clad lookbook last year featuring some of her amazing Spring/Summer 2014 collection, I was thrilled to join her for London Fashion Week last September, and I recently shared her first bridal collection on the blog.

I initially met Candice in September 2013 at San Francisco Fashion Week and proposed a coffee date a month or so later. Our “quick meeting” stretched into a two-hour gab fest covering everything from dating in San Francisco to her upcoming collections to, naturally, our plans for world domination. We’ve been friends ever since and she even did me the honor of making me a custom leather piece to wear for New Year’s Eve.

There are a number of things that impress and inspire me about Candice. Not only has she created a design house from the ground, meeting every challenge head on, but she’s done so while remaining true to herself, her roots, and her vision of the future. Read on to hear her talk about fashion week, personal style, and staying focused.

SF Stories San Francisco Bay Area Designer Candice Cuoco of House of CCUOCO

MCLV: To date you’ve shown collections at New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week – Was there a distinct difference between the two locales? 

CC: Much like the difference in a relationship between loving and being in love, I enjoyed New York, but London owns my heart. The main distinction between my first NYFW appearance and my recent LFW show is my team. I have a small force to be reckoned with backing me when I’m in London.

Additionally, London has in the past and continues to give me the platform to create a show and express my vision however I choose to. I feel as though I thrive the minute I set foot in the UK. 

MCLV: Any specific style, material, or piece that you’re dying to tackle in the future?

CC: YES! Power mesh is on my list of materials to dominate, and the perfect palazzo pant will be visited this season. When it comes to style I let that develop itself in my collection, more so than style there is always a message I am trying to infuse into every piece.

Always, always strength.

MCLV: Who is your dream client? Or is there someone that you think really embodies the CCUOCO Woman spirit?

CC: So many women in so many ways represent all that I stand and design for. Gaga for her pure raw passion, Niki for no shame, Beyoncé for demanding presence, Angelina Jolie for the way she makes strength look so femininely beautiful, FKA Twigs for the art she infuses into her music, and Lana for her beautiful broken heart.

These woman have overcome mountains and hurdled over every obstacle life threw at them and conquered. Never letting society define them, always pushing the boundaries and breaking them for women all around the world. They are the epitome of CCUOCO and what we stand for, women with strength.

SF Stories San Francisco Bay Area Designer Candice Cuoco of House of CCUOCO

MCLV: Your personal style is practically trademarked at this point: Head-to-toe black, blunt cut bangs, and a bold red lip. How has your personal style evolved over the years and how did you come to create your signature look?

CC: The moment I stopped trying to be what everyone wanted me to be I became myself. It was natural. I was always too much – Too loud, too opinionated, too much makeup, hair too dark, too tall, showed too much skin.

I realized watering yourself down to comfort others only makes you feel lost and confused. I gave up on what society told me I needed to be as a woman and gave in to what made me proud to be the woman I am today. Black is my happy color and it celebrates who I am and who I was in so many ways. My very repetitive style is a constant reminder of how I will ALWAYS stand true to my perception of myself not of what others think I should be.

MCLV: You’re a determined, independent woman who has earned every ounce of her success – And that strength is something that’s very visible in your collections. Can you tell us about the CCUOCO woman? 

CC: CCUOCO stands for the woman who is fierce at heart, for the women who have learned the rules and know how to break them. For the woman who wears, not her heart on her sleeve but her strength.

Those who are a driving force in their family, love, and career lives. When you wake up and get dressed, the moment you walk out your front door you are delivering a message, and I want to be a part of that message.

Want to see more from House of CCUOCO? Head over to Legally Vogue for more interview questions – House of CCUOCO: Branding, Expansion & Tackling London.

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CCUOCO Bridal

There is one person in the world who could talk me into wearing a wedding dress and that person in Candice Cuoco, the creative director of San Francisco-based label CCUOCO.

And, of course, it’s no traditional wedding dress. She’d never create anything mundane – We’re talking leather, a removable train, silver studs, and obviously exchangeable harnesses.

Welcome to one of the looks from the CCUOCO Bridal Collection!

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White Leather Wedding Dress – CCUOCO

Rosette Harness – CCUOCO

Bridal Fashion CCUOCO Candice Cuoco White Leather Studded Wedding Gown San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style

I love the addition of the fierce studded black heels with the floor length gown – It adds the perfect amount of rock n’ roll edge to give the look some punctuation.

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{Photography by Rey Del Fierro Photography}

What do YOU think of the CCUOCO Bridal Collection?

Be sure to stay tuned for the next CCUOCO Bridal post and see the second way to wear this killer dress!

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San Francisco Fashion: Nighttime CCUOCO Crop Top

It’s been an honor to work with the CCUOCO team this year and after some fun photo shoots, an outstanding trip to London Fashion Week, and making some amazing friends, I’m excited to share the last look from the MCLV x CCUOCO 2014 Lookbook!

After showing off a fun way to put together a daytime crop top look, here’s the nighttime incarnation for the lady who wants to have a little fun once the sun goes down.

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Black Pants – Banana Republic

Cross Body Bag – Rebecca Minkoff

White Coat – Asos

Heels – Ann Taylor

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography & Make-Up by Klaudia Mayer}

Crop Top San Francisco Fashion CCUOCO Candice Cuoco San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style Nighttime

Black and white is a classic combination and I loved how pairing this fierce lace-up crop top with a chic white coat was the perfect high-low mix. And off course, a look wouldn’t be complete without a bold accessory in the form of a colorful Rebecca Minkoff crossbody bag.

Have you missed out on the rest of the MCLV x CCUOCO Lookbook? Check out the Daytime Leather Dress, Nighttime Leather Dress, Lace-Up Vest & Daytime Crop Top.

Would YOU try out a crop top for a night out on the town?

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London Fashion Week: CCUOCO

The door opened and a warm cloud smelling of hair spray wafted out. The high ceilinged back room of Freemasons Hall is roughly 15 degrees warmer than anywhere else in the building. Blow dryers, hair straighteners, curling irons – They’re all on high as models, make-up artists, hair stylists, and helpers bustle about backstage.

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The elegant women lounging about the room have their hair slicked back into thick ridges at the crown. The expert make-up artists are crafting smokey, dramatic eyes that meld perfectly with the lush fabrics they wore. Textures and colors so eye-catching that you just wanted to reach out and touch them.

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Down the crisp white Fashion Scout runway slinked some of London’s finest in belted metallic sheath dresses, scuba skater skirts, bold corsets, crop tops, two-toned pencil skirts, harnesses, and more from the CCUOCO Spring/Summer 2015 collection.

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The finale look, worn by the collection’s face Kerstyn Inouye, featured a divine white leather maxi skirt, corseted halter, and dramatic headpiece from Spoiled Cherry.

The designer joined her muse for a second lap around the runway and when the two paused to snap a selfie at the end of the runway the crowd went WILD.

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{First image shot by me // Rest from Vogue UK}

Check out the London Fashion Week video here, as well as additional coverage of the show on Vogue UK and Glamour.

Which look is YOUR favorite?

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Fashion Week Inspiration

I’m beside myself with excitement for my upcoming trip to London for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Not only do I utterly adore London, but I get to watch my brilliant friend, San Francisco fashion designer Candice Cuoco, show her CCUOCO collection!

I’ve attended NYFW before but this will be my first time at London Fashion Week, so wat’s the first thing that I did after making the decision to go? Buy my dream bag and start planning my outfits, of course! And no, common sense is not a factor when it comes to handbags. 🙂

I love visual inspiration and Pinterest immediately became one of my favorite social media platforms when it launched. Keep scrolling for some of my London Fashion Week inspiration!

London Fashion Week San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style Inspiration Outerwear Capes Capelet Bold Colors Luxurious Accessories Eye-Catching Jewelry

{Bold outerwear & fun capes are high up there on my To Buy List for the trip!}

London Fashion Week San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style Inspiration Outerwear Capes Capelet Bold Colors Luxurious Accessories Eye-Catching Jewelry

{Eye-catching accessories & layered statement jewelry are non-negotiable}

London Fashion Week San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style Inspiration Outerwear Capes Capelet Bold Colors Luxurious Accessories Eye-Catching Jewelry

{I’m not a pink-wearing girl but everything about this look kills me – The statement coat, the too-fun-for-words black lace bunny ears, the killer footwear, the bold handbag…}

London Fashion Week San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style Inspiration Outerwear Capes Capelet Bold Colors Luxurious Accessories Eye-Catching Jewelry

{Luxurious, reach-out-and-touch them textures & fabrics are a great way to make your style memorable.}

London Fashion Week San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style Inspiration Outerwear Capes Capelet Bold Colors Luxurious Accessories Eye-Catching Jewelry

{Bright colors, mixing prints & fun separates are a great way to create a personalized look.}

{Images from Fashion Week Inspiration board}

What would YOU pack for Fashion Week?

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