Coco Rocha & Coco Chanel Actually Have A Lot In Common
By Gina Marinelli for Refinery 29

Coco Rocha has a name that instantly reminds us of another very famous Coco. C’mon, you know the one. But, that’s really just scratching the surface as far as similarities go between the model and the iconic designer. And, as we chatted with Rocha today, the connection became much more clear.

Teaming up with BaubleBar, Rocha has created a collection of accessories that are not for the minimalist. The chunky and sparkling pieces boast black-and-gold details and plenty of bling — perfect for a woman, like Coco, who subscribes to the more-is-more mentality. But, while the red-haired beauty may say she’s all about the layers of layers of baubles, she actually lives by the rule of taking one item off before you leave the house — the same motto coined by Mademoiselle Chanel.

Ahead, we caught up with this modern-day style star as she opened up about why she wears her jewelry like armor and how she has her sights set on a crown. And, then, click through to page two for a sneak peek of Coco’s (Rocha, of course) BaubleBar designs. The line officially launches on April 22, but you can start signing up for the chance to shop it early right here.

What’s the one piece of jewelry you feel naked leaving the house without?
"My wedding ring is definitely a must. I have left once or twice without it, and it usually means the whole day I feel like something is off and out of balance. I’ll almost always wear some statement piece in addition to my ring, so I guess, for me, jewelry is a little like makeup: Put it on in the morning, and take it off at night."

When it comes to jewelry, do you go by the more-is-more? Or, less-is-more?
"I think, today, more is more. Jewelry shouldn’t just be an accessory or an afterthought — it should be an integral part of a look. We live in an age when we can switch out our jewelry as much as we want, and I think we should! For me, personally, I’ll usually stack as much jewelry as I can and then take off one piece before I leave the house."

Tell us about your collection! What were some major dos and don’ts as far as designing a line that’s representative of you?
"Sometimes, I think the fashion world can seem a little untouchable, so I wanted to create a collection that has a high-fashion editorial feel at a price most people can afford. When designing it, I did not want to play it safe at all. ‘Cutesy’ was not in my vocabulary. I was also not overly concerned with the trends and colors of the season — I just wanted to show my perspective on fun jewelry. In general, I try to go my own route, and if I like it and believe in it, I wear it!" 

Do you have any special style tricks for wearing or layering jewelry?
"I’m a big fan of a statement necklace under a button-down shirt. I’m really into wearing complicated and extravagant jewelry with really simple, basic pieces like white T-shirts and ripped jeans. And, don’t stop at just one piece — there are no rules anymore. People think you have to have a lot of confidence to layer jewelry. I think layering gives you confidence. It’s like armor — stack it, and go!" 

If you could be any piece of jewelry, what kind would you be? And, what would it look like?
"I’d be the Crown of Queen Elizabeth, which has the 105-karat Koh-i-Noor diamond in it. I am a firm believer in the idea that you gotta go big or go home!"

LIFE via INSTAGRAM - March 17th to April 1st

It’s finally spring!! If you haven’t been keeping up with my latest antics, here is a quick roundup. Recently I traveled to Toronto and made some new friends, and worked on a cool project for Glamour magazine with the lovely Chanel Iman. xx

  1. My look in Toronto: top by my Canadian boys Greta Constantine, skirt by my New York boy Zac Posen and makeup + hair by the international wonderkin Veronica Chu.
  2. I’m at #WMCFW (fashion week Toronto) surprising these two lovely ladies with fantastic MasterCard #PricelessSurprises.
  3. Does anyone know what time it is?
  4. IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!! Thank goodness! #throwbackthursday to my Vogue Nippon shoot with Uncle Arthur Elgort.
  5. At the #Fashion20 Awards in Greta Constantine.
  6. With my old Irish dance friends nearly 9 years ago. Hard to believe! #ThrowbackThursday
  7. Thrilled to receive these portraits by the modern master of fashion illustration, David Downton.
  8. Working on a fun new project with Glamour Magazine!
  9. Please help caption this photo.