Model and reality star Coco Austin is bringing her sensual sensibility to the fashion world with her new line Licious, which made its runway debut at the head of New York Fashion Week. Last Thursday evening, her models ripped the runway in Coco’s brightly colored, blinged-out garments that hugged their bodies like fresh paint. Her line of slinky club dresses and bathing suits even had something for the fellas — t-shirts for men emblazoned with her logo. Hey, a girl’s gotta brand! Complemented with 6 inch heels and christened with funky music, every item showcased in her collection screamed Coco’s updbeat, sexy style.
Known for her banging body and over-the-top dress, Coco created her line to cater to the curvaceous woman. Of her aesthetic, Coco’s husband, actor and musician Ice T, told theGrio: “Look — she is delicious, booty-licious, Licious just says what it is.”
TheGrio was in the house as the hip-hop icon’s wife further illustrated what ‘Licious’ really means through her clothes. Reality star Somaya Reece commented after the show, “I am so glad she’s representing for the big girls,” regarding the plus size women on the runway. Reece added that this hit home for her because, “I was a size 16 once, I’m a 10 now, and for that I will forever be grateful.”
In an interview with the Grio, Coco and Ice T shared their thoughts on the Licious line, what it’s like being “married” to the hip-hop game, and their future endeavors.
TheGrio: Being shapely, as many black women are, what might make your line something that curvier black women can look forward to as a style option?
Coco: The whole thing about ‘Licious’ is I was wanting to show all body types. There’re skinny girls, there’re big girls, there’re medium girls. Anyone can wear ‘Licious’. Really ‘Licious’ is for the curvy woman because its spandex; it stretches. So you can feel not just sexy, you can feel comfortable in it.
How has your experience in the hip-hop world informed your sense of style?
Coco: Hip-hop fans, I think they’ll love it because of the colors, it has attitude, but really it’s for everybody. I mean really — if you don’t like the color black, you are going to love my line. It’s nothing but colors. The pinks are a signature color. So you have to be a pretty outrageous person to wear my stuff. So really the personality of my clothes has crazy attitude. That’s all I care about.