Karin Gustafsson

Her Artistic Muse 

“The late American abstract painter Agnes Martin. I like the quiet expression and the depth that goes into her work. Her use of colour, texture, material and pattern has inspired past Cos collections.”    

A Book She’s Into Now

 “Varlik by Swedish author Mons Kallentoft – he gives his own unique spin on the classic Scandinavian crime novel.”

On her reading list: swedish crime literature such as Varlik by Mons Kallentoft

Favourite Restaurant 

“Visit the Hoi Polloi brasserie in London’s Ace Hotel on Sundays to enjoy a string orchestra while having brunch.”

Signature Scent 

She loves the woody notes of Voyage d’Hermes.

“I love Hermes’ Voyage d’Hermes for its woody notes that are both fresh and musky.”

Most Stylish Film 

“I Am Love (2009) by Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino (which featured costumes by Raf Simons and Silvia Venturini Fendi). Its female lead Tilda Swinton is someone I consider a real style icon.”

She calls I Am Love (2009), which features costumes designed by Raf Simons, the most stylish film ever.

Architectural Inspiration


“I’ve always been fascinated by the Winter House in Highgate, North London that (late modernist architect) John Winter designed. I love his focus on functionality and simplicity.”

Favourite Design Collaborator

“New York-based creative studio Snarkitecture, whom we worked with on the recent exhibition (Nov 8-19) at Seoul’s Gana Art Center. It helped us showcase the technical sensibility of our Fall ’17 collection with a playful environment based on the childhood game of marbles.”

The F/W ’17 Must-Haves 

Cos pieces from F/W’17 rework classic styles in effortless shapes.

“The collection features new proportions inspired by architecture, and soft tailoring in effortless shapes – all in bold, industrial colours like deep red, slate blue and charcoal. My favourite pieces are the dark green pleated dress and the pale blue suit.”

The Cos x Snarkitecture installation featured thousands of marbles along a 400m-long track.

This story first appeared in Female’s December 2017 issue. 

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