Countdown to Haiti
by Coco Rocha

As I write this blog I’m in a hotel in Montreal, the home of Canada’s largest Haitian population. At 4:53pm today there will be drum roll’s heard across the city, and across the world - this is Haiti’s traditional form observance for exactly one year that has passed since the terrible earthquake that devastated their homeland.

In just 10 days I’ll be heading down to Haiti with a few others to see just what has been accomplished in the 365 days that have passed, and how much more still needs to be done. I still need your help though, we only have about two more days for you to send in letters to our office in New York in time for me to take them to Haiti. Remember that these letters are going to children and orphans who have nothing and often have no one either.

Letters To Haiti
C/O Wilhelmina
300 Park Avenue South,
New York, NY 10010-5398



If you feel you don’t have time to send in an actual letter, we have set up a special email address you can write to also. We will then print the letters and hand them to the children in person. Please remember to include your name, age and address in all the emails and send them to:

letterstohaiti@gmail.com

Please pass this message onto as many as you can. Whether that be through facebook, twitter, tumblr or just word of mouth. As we consider the earthquake that hit exactly one year ago, let us acknowledge the tragedy of the past while keeping our eyes and hearts open to the prospects of hope for the future.

Love,
Coco

P.S Are there specific things you want me to find out or do while in Haiti? Please let me know in your comments.

Creating a Grammy Gown
by Coco Rocha

In the fashion industry we have a few big and exciting yearly events, but almost nothing can compare to the effort and production that goes into the Grammy’s. For as long as I can remember, the Grammy’s were the one award show that I couldn’t miss on TV but it never crossed my mind that I’d ever get to go in person… At least not until I got a call from the people at ET Canada asking me if id like to correspond for them. Of course, I didn’t hesitate to say yes!!

Right after I put the phone down the first thought that came to mind was: “What am I going to wear!?”. Very early on I decided that this would be the perfect showcase for my first creation. Except, I didn’t have a first creation… What I did have was a book full of sketches and designs that James and I had been working on for a few months, but none of them were “red carpet dresses” per se.  What I love about the Grammys is that it’s one of the few times (outside of a fashion tent) that it’s acceptable to wear completely outlandish pieces in public.  I promised myself that I’d take advantage of this opportunity and that I wouldn’t go the “safe” route with something easily forgettable. So I sat down to design my Grammy dress from scratch…

This task wasn’t easy for me. For one thing, almost everything has done before in the thousands of dresses that have graced the hundreds of red carpets over the last few decades. How would I make my dress different? How would I try to stand out from the dozens of other pretty ladies there in gorgeous gowns? I set out to design something a little unusual - not in the Lady Gaga red latex and a solar system way - just something slightly different than expected. I decided I wanted to create a dress that would have looked futuristic 200 years ago. Something like an 18th century lady superhero might wear to a ball. I started out by drawing a dress with a classic silhouette and then I updated it with a gold mini skirt and more costume-y accessories like the gold plated shoulder armor. The nice thing about the music industry is that dressing up for them is very much about fun, and I had tons of fun with this!!

A lot of thought went into the color too.  In my day-to-day life I’m a very monochromatic kind of girl and I love my blacks and grays, but when you’re designing a dress to be seen on bright red carpet you want to go a little more daring with the colors. I went fabric shopping and picked out the royal blue silk because it had such a richness to it and the 24k gold accents gave the piece the regal feel I wanted. I then took my fabric and sketches and met with a dress maker down the street who I worked closely with over the next month, slowly turning my sketch into a reality. I even put James to work again, this time creating the gold armor pieces which he covered in real gold leaf!

The dress turned out decent and I learnt SO MUCH. Its not the greatest creation, but it’s MY creation… my first of many. My upcoming line won’t be a collection of costume Grammy dresses (or a collection of antique superhero uniforms) but, like my very first dress, it will continue to draw inspiration from the past while at the same time including elements and fabrics with a more futuristic feel.

I’m just a baby starting out at this. I’m fortunate to have good friends who also happen to be the worlds greatest designers and I respect their work immensely. Over the last six years they have let me wear their clothes and see up close what a truly great piece of clothing looks and feels like. In this little adventure of mine I will be relying extensively on their expertise and their years of training to help guide me as I have neither at this point. The only thing I do have is an open mind and an eagerness to learn. Hopefully these qualities, in addition to my knowledge of what looks and feels good on me as a woman will yield some positive results with my new line, Rococo.

One thing I will promise: No matter what,  I will be taking this very seriously!!

Ladies and gentlemen, its my great pleasure to introduce you to the very first piece I’ve created for my newly named clothing line:ROCOCOI shall be debuting this dress on the red carpet tonight at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards!! Please follow the ET Canada crew and I live on our hour long special tonight and be sure to keep up with my twitter as I tweet live and direct from the red carpet at: twitter.com/oh_so_coco.Much more about how I named my line and the construction of my first dress coming very soon…

Ladies and gentlemen, its my great pleasure to introduce you to the very first piece I’ve created for my newly named clothing line:

ROCOCO

I shall be debuting this dress on the red carpet tonight at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards!! Please follow the ET Canada crew and I live on our hour long special tonight and be sure to keep up with my twitter as I tweet live and direct from the red carpet at: twitter.com/oh_so_coco.

Much more about how I named my line and the construction of my first dress coming very soon…

Blogging From The Skyby Coco RochaWell people, I’m on a plane on my way to LA. Yes, that’s right, I’m on wifi at 12,000 feet!! How amazing is technology these days?! The only thing that could make this any cooler would be if I were blogging from my iSlate which Apple may or may not announce actually EXISTS at their media event tomorrow. Have you guys seen this video !?! I want! I want!!!Anyway, I land in LA in a few hours and I have a busy few days filled with Grammy rehearsal’s and clothing line meetings. I can’t believe it but the 52nd annual Grammys are coming up in just 5 days now. Are you ready? I am… sort of. The last few days I’ve been thinking a lot about what going to ask the attendees. Do you have ideas? Send me your suggestions if you do and I’ll gladly read over them. Anyway, even if I’m not 100% ready, my dress is! One thing I’d like to ask: If you’re not following me on Twitter make sure you do by the night of the Grammys! In between corresponding for ET Canada I shall be twittering my thoughts about what everyone is wearing on the red carpet. You’ll not be able to find any more up-to-the-minute  red carpet Grammy information than by following my streaming updates on twitter.com/oh_so_coco - BELIEVE THAT!!!Before I go I’ll leave you with a picture of James and I enjoying the wonders of modern life. At this very second he’s on his plane from NY to LA and I’m on my plane from Miami to LA - Yes, we’re video chatting up in the sky - Could we be any more futuristic?!

Blogging From The Sky
by Coco Rocha

Well people, I’m on a plane on my way to LA. Yes, that’s right, I’m on wifi at 12,000 feet!! How amazing is technology these days?! The only thing that could make this any cooler would be if I were blogging from my iSlate which Apple may or may not announce actually EXISTS at their media event tomorrow. Have you guys seen this video !?! I want! I want!!!

Anyway, I land in LA in a few hours and I have a busy few days filled with Grammy rehearsal’s and clothing line meetings. I can’t believe it but the 52nd annual Grammys are coming up in just 5 days now. Are you ready? I am… sort of. The last few days I’ve been thinking a lot about what going to ask the attendees. Do you have ideas? Send me your suggestions if you do and I’ll gladly read over them. Anyway, even if I’m not 100% ready, my dress is!

One thing I’d like to ask: If you’re not following me on Twitter make sure you do by the night of the Grammys! In between corresponding for ET Canada I shall be twittering my thoughts about what everyone is wearing on the red carpet. You’ll not be able to find any more up-to-the-minute  red carpet Grammy information than by following my streaming updates on twitter.com/oh_so_coco - BELIEVE THAT!!!

Before I go I’ll leave you with a picture of James and I enjoying the wonders of modern life. At this very second he’s on his plane from NY to LA and I’m on my plane from Miami to LA - Yes, we’re video chatting up in the sky - Could we be any more futuristic?!

Not too long ago I mentioned that I’ve been asked to correspond for ET Canada covering the Grammy Awards. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to ask the stars. No doubt I’ll be asking many of them who they are wearing, but, should they ask me who I’m wearing, for the first time ever I’ll get to say…..I’m wearing myself!!!Yes, I’ve decided to wear my very first creation from my new line at the Grammys!!! My team and I have been hard at work getting the dress together these last few weeks. Just this morning we had another fitting and I have to tell you, it has been so wonderful to see the picture in my head find its way into reality.I don’t want to reveal the whole thing yet (I know, I do love to keep you all in suspense) but I’ll tease you with this very vague and blurry little photo we snapped this morning. In case you’re wondering, we do have a name for the line but we are still working out the standard legal branding issues before announcing that. In the mean time though I’ve been hard at work on the designs and on this first piece of mine.

Not too long ago I mentioned that I’ve been asked to correspond for ET Canada covering the Grammy Awards. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to ask the stars. No doubt I’ll be asking many of them who they are wearing, but, should they ask me who I’m wearing, for the first time ever I’ll get to say…..

I’m wearing myself!!!

Yes, I’ve decided to wear my very first creation from my new line at the Grammys!!! My team and I have been hard at work getting the dress together these last few weeks. Just this morning we had another fitting and I have to tell you, it has been so wonderful to see the picture in my head find its way into reality.

I don’t want to reveal the whole thing yet (I know, I do love to keep you all in suspense) but I’ll tease you with this very vague and blurry little photo we snapped this morning. In case you’re wondering, we do have a name for the line but we are still working out the standard legal branding issues before announcing that. In the mean time though I’ve been hard at work on the designs and on this first piece of mine.

My Tour Of Vancouver

You may remember that a few weeks ago I went to speak at the Faces West model convention in Vancouver. Well, while I was there I also met up with ET and got to take them on a little tour of my old home town! It’s been a few years since I was a full time resident there but I’m still quite proud to show people around. Have a look!!

This And That
by Coco Rocha

Hello everyone, sorry its been a little while since my last post. After another work trip to London I’m back in Vancouver right now for a special event called Faces West. Faces West is is a yearly conference my mother agent Charles Stuart hosts where scouts from around the world come to find aspiring models for their individual markets. Faces West is actually where I was discovered many moons ago… so for the next few days I’ll be here, speaking to a few hundred girls about my experiences modeling.

Sunday night I fly back to New York ready for the CFDA award dinner! For those of you unfamiliar, the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) is an association of America’s foremost fashion designers and on Monday night they honor this years new designers. I think its great how the industry supports and nurtures its young and this year I’m allowed to bring my own date! So I’m taking my boyfriend, James Conran. I know I’ve mentioned him before (and some of you may have seen him on ET Canada) but I just thought I would introduce you all to him properly. James is a very sweet man I’ve been friends with for the last two years. We became good friends when he did the interior design and painting of my NY apartment but it wasn’t until late this summer that we started dating and we’ve been in relationship bliss ever since!!

James lives just a few blocks from me in New York, so when I’m home I try to spend as much time as I can with him. Oh and  James has a new website up, have a look at what he does!

www.jamesconran.com


Well that’s all for now. Please keep checking back here, I’m going to be making a very special request and announcement soon and will be needing your help!!!