This interview was too sweet not to repost. We loved meeting up with the Milk Made team! xx Coco
PARIS FASHION WEEK DAY 4: COFFEE WITH COCO
Written by Mike Abufor MILKMADE.COM
After three connections and a little walking, we managed to get to the Westin Hotel, a luxury hotel across the street from the Jardin de Tuileries. We walked into the hotel bar and found the couple sitting at a table in the back.
Coco and James seemed very relaxed, very cool and down to earth. We chit chatted about fashion week for a few minutes, with James mentioning that he liked the photos posted on the Burberry post from London Fashion Week, which I thought was cool because Amanda had taken the shots. It also turned out they’d gone glamping at Escape to New York, giving us another mutual Milk related topic to discuss. We talked briefly about kids today and the evolution of technology, all of us agreeing that the future was gonna be crazy.
It was impossible not to notice how creative and talented the couple was. They kept bouncing ideas off each other and building upon them, giving us a little insight into why they’ve been so successful working together. They were an extremely charming and unpretentious duo, and it was a breath of fresh air to be in their presence.
Coco told us about how her mother-in-law asked her if they ever get sick of each other after spending so much time together. She said no, and she went on to talk about some people go months without seeing each other, but to her, what’s the point of being married if you’re not going to see the other person?
They’d just bought a house in Westchester, and they were super excited about it. They’d considered a castle for a minute, but decided against it partially based on the heating bill and cost of upkeep. The idea for a castle had been planted by Karl Lagerfeld, who had nonchalantly set his castle brochure down on a table in front of Coco. It would have been a laugh, but really they were just looking for a quiet home outside of the hustle and bustle of the city.
The couple invited us to come up to their hotel suite to check out the view, an offer we couldn’t refuse. We accompanied them up to a balcony that overlooked the city, giving us our first chance to see the Eiffel Tower. Coco posed for a few photos for Amanda as James showed the virtual star scape on his iPhone. It was like we were just hanging out with our friends, swapping stories, telling jokes and taking Instagrams.
We had to run so I could get to an internet source, which turned out to be a McDonald’s down the street. We said goodbye to our friends and went back to the Paris streets.
As we walked out of the hotel, Amanda had more spark in her than I’d seen all week.
“I can’t believe I got a chance to shoot Coco Rocha!” she beamed. She was shining with a cheer that was contagious, and I was happy that she was happy. “I can’t believe I got a chance to sit down and get to know them! I’m star struck!” she said, and then paused.
“Well… not star struck… that’s not cool, right?” she added in a sarcastic tone.
I didn’t think there was anything wrong about occasionally being star struck, just as long as it was warranted. The only time I remember being struck was when I met Philip Seymour Hoffman at the Sundance Film Festival. That guy is beyond awesome. I imagine if I met Bill Murray orWayne Gretzky, I’d feel the same way.
Photos by Amanda Hakan