(Diesel Black Gold Fall 2009)

Diesel Black Gold won't be showing at the tents this season. However, its not without good reason. Renzo Rosso, president of Diesel and Only the Brave has tapped celebrated, Greece-born, British designer Sophia Kokosalaki to play a primary role in the development of the women's line for the high-end collection starting Fall/Winter 2010.

Kokosalaki began her career collaborating with several international fashion houses. In 1999 she launched her first women's collection and has since been recognized and applauded internationally. She has received several prestigious awards such as the 'Best New Designer 2001', 'Art Foundation Award for Fashion 2002', 'Best New Generation Designer 2003' and more. She is also the brain behind the costumes for the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

"I am thrilled and honored to collaborate on this new project with Renzo Rosso and the Diesel Black Gold team. It is always inspiring to work with the people at the top of their game," says Kokosalaki.

In entering the partnership, Kokosalaki will regain complete control of her namesake line previously held by Diesel parent company Only the Brave.

I am very excited at this new step in the development of Diesel Black Gold and very happy to be working with Sophia on the project. Her talent is incredible. Her taste in high-end fashion is already known but what people do not necessarily expect from her is her skill in dealing with denim and contemporary casual, the core of Diesel Black Gold," says Rosso. 

We lament the absence of Diesel from the tents this year but we will wait with baited breath to see the results of this partnership next season.