Kelly Le Brock, the timeless actress/model, and United Nations Ambassador, whose exotic looks and playful personality have captivated the public for decades, announced the launch of her first fashion line.
Introduced at a dinner through mutual friends over Le Brock’s favorite ‘spaghetti’ dish, the actress and Commatteo hit it off instantly and brainstormed into the wee hours about collaborating on an untraditional fashion line.
The Le Brock, collaboration with award winning, Welsh Designer, Antonella Commatteo, was actualized to “help women love themselves at any age, and any size.” Explains Le Brock, “there’s an age when women begin to feel invisible and irrelevant and I think that fabulous, well-fitting, flattering clothes can help them regain the confidence to feel appropriately sexy and re-empowered, “Indeed, the 40 piece inaugural line, Le Brock line boasts interchangeable separates that are sexy-but-safe.
Le Brock pieces (made in LA with Italian fabrics) are designed to help every woman easily transition from day to night with the simple addition, or subtraction of a garment allowing for wardrobe versatility without the sacrifice of comfort!
To enhance the customer buying experience, each Le Brock garment is categorized by a hangtag that clearly and succinctly indicates which pieces are designed to effortlessly mixed-or-match. “I want to take the guesswork out of layering,” Le Brock says, “knowing that certain pieces were designed to complement others will simplify the paralysis many women experience when confronted with the task of getting stylishly dressed!” Getting the hang of the art of layering can also be done at the Commatteo website where users can play with innumerable virtual combinations.
Kelly Le Brock was born in New York City, and raised in London. The daughter of a French- Canadian father who owned a quicksilver mine, and ran a 2-star Michelin restaurant in Lake Champlain, New York, and an Irish mother, a former model, who owned fine antique stores in London.
At sixteen, Le Brock returned to Manhattan to start what would become an enormously successful modelling career – with such crowning achievements as working at VOGUE and HARPERS BAZAAR for such photographic luminaries as David Bailey and Norman Parkinson. She even had the chance to put her much-coveted cascading curls into the capable hands of the world’s first “celebrity” hairdresser, Leonard, who cut them off, “down to my scalp! And, next thing I knew, I was the face of the 70s!”
Soon Le Brock became a household name on the heels of her “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful,” Pantene campaign, and for personifying the ideal fantasy woman in box office hits like, The Woman in Red, and John Hughes’ seminal coming-of-age movie, Weird Science.
Antonella began her lifelong love affair with fashion design when, as a young girl, she’d spend hours sewing with her mother. Fast-forward to 2012 when the Welsh native graduated with a Degree from the University of Wales, Newport in Fashion Design her childhood dreams began to materialize.
Chosen to create traditional embroidered pieces symbolizing aspects of Welsh culture, in 2005 Antonella was then commissioned to create items for HRH Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Jimmy White OBE, and The Marquis of Bath.
Before moving to the United States, Antonella worked with designers Julien MacDonald and Robyn Cole in Wales. She was also awarded the title of Best Welsh Designer in 2012.
In 2014 Antonella was named Fashion Week Las Vegas 2014 Best Men’s Designer, and Social Media Winner.
During San Diego Fashion Week 2015, iconic celebrities R&B legend Shelley Clark-White and Celebrity Artist Nicolosi, modeled Antonella’s designs. Her most recent collaboration with actress/model, Kelly Le Brock, will take to the NYFW runway in 2017.