LIFE via INSTAGRAM - January 23rd to February 1st

The Super Bowl is over, so it’s time to get back to thinking about fashion! This week I got to hang out with my friend Zanna Rassi for a very athletic project, and also spent some time back home in Canada. I’m honored to have been dubbed Model of the Year at the CAFA awards, and now it’s time to prepare for NYFW.

  1. Thinking of my daddy who is home in Toronto recovering from a badly broken leg. :( #throwbackthursday #tbt
  2. #FBF That time in 2008 artist Richard Phillips painted me and put my face on a polo shirt for V Magazine. #isthisreallife?
  3. In the studio. #whereswaldo
  4. #Regram. Love this shot by Mr. Conran.
  5. That awkward moment when you and your stylist realize you have the exact same iPhone case.
  6. Four people in a Prada bag (Zanna’s having twins!!).
  7. My look of the day as I do press for the CAFA awards in Toronto. Wearing head to toe Canadian! Dress by Greta Constantine, necklace by Rita Tesolin.
  8. Run through at the CAFA awards. Not only am I presenting, but I’m also a nominee! #CAFA
  9. My look for tonight’s CAFA awards is my fellow Canadian nominee DSquared2. #CAFA

Glamour Magazine - November 2013

Anywhere you look on social media these days, there are scissors flying, waves falling, and celebrities and real people alike showing off their brand-new haircuts. Yes, it’s true: the power pixie is back – on Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Charlize Theron, for starters. In truth, short crops have signaled mini social revolutions for decades. There were the Jazz Babies, with their sharp Louise Brooks bobs in the 1920s; Audrey Hepburn’s sheared style in 1953’s Roman Holiday; and Mia Farrow’s gamine ‘do in Rosemary’s Baby, which became the cut of the sixties.

“In the sixties there was really a revolutionary aspect to the cut,” says Bumble and Bumble editorial stylist Laurent Philippon, whose book, Hair: Fashion and Fantasy, comes out this month. “It was a boy’s cut on a woman, and there was the tie to the women’s rights movement happening then.” Today Phillippon finds the boyish streak is more about shock value: “People are feeling the need to be different, to stand out.”

Doing just that is 25-year-old supermodel Coco Rocha, who posed for these photos with a week-and-a-half-old crop, a punkish flop of bang with a shaved undercut. “My hair is so healthy now,” she says. “I cut it because it was breaking.”

So I August, after six months of stewing over it, she took the plunge. “By then she wasn’t even nervous,” she says. Rocha had studied up on red-carpet photos, settling on Tilda Swinton’s chameleon style for inspiration. Then she found just the stylist for the job, Anh Co Tran of the Ramirez Tran Salon in Beverly Hills, known for his short cuts like the elfin ‘do on Ginnifer Goodwin. “Because of work, I had to make sure my cut could do ‘boy’ and ‘girl’, edgy and pretty,” says Rocha.

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 NYFW via INSTAGRAM (Part Four) - September 4th - 13th

Let’s end this week with the last installment of my NYFW via Instagram series. Although the New York whirlwind has finished, Fashion Month is far from over…

  1. Met with judges Zanna Rassi, Jenne Lombardo and the 2012 #MadeforPeroni winner Nolan Bellavance this morning! Deciding on my pick for this year’s winner!! 
  2. Regram from my friend Renzo Rosso, who has one of the funnest jobs and Instagram accounts of all time. You should follow him if you aren’t already! Oh, and there’s Kanye and James in this shot too. ;)
  3. With my girl Alicia Quarles before the Rachel Zoe show. 
  4. So many pieces in Rachel Zoe S/S 14 collection that I need for 2014!! 
  5. The boss. 
  6. Chatting with Zanna, Giuliana and Alicia about Fashion Week.

GREECE via INSTAGRAM (Part Five) - August 27th to September 4th

  1. James thinking about the next 1000 steps down this cliff.
  2. I’m all out of captions.
  3. Waving hi!
  4. Fully captured James’s iPhone sunset capture. #Meta
  5. I’ve been traveling with this motley crew for 9 days.
  6. A couple new friends.
  7. Anyone seen 127 hours? I didn’t.
  8. Mr. James Conran doing his best “I’m the king of the world” a la Leo in Titanic.
  9. #LoveBirds

Moving Images and Images That Move Us
By Coco Rocha for PCMag

The rise of the internet has spouted a deluge of images. Has it rendered the visual nearly meaningless? If so, how can skilled creators use tech to turn that around?

There was a time when seeing a picture was a rare privilege. In the days before photography and the modern printing process you’d be lucky to have your own artwork at home and, if you did, family, neighbors, and guests would probably gather around it for hours on end. Though the printing press made images available on a mass level in the 15th century, they were still not cheap or easy to come by for most. By the late 18th century magazines started to find their place in households around the world and by the middle of the 20th century advertisers using images as a means for communication had reached their golden age. There was no casually thumbing through the few magazines you had access to each month. Each picture would be dutifully inspected and a great image would be remembered for life.

For a hundred years that was the way of the world until the information age when the Internet spouted at first a steady trickle and then a deluge of images. Today the average person surfing the Internet and sites like Tumblr or Instagram may see hundreds if not thousands of new pictures and images a day. Whether they’re good, bad, or ugly, images go in and out of our consciousness without leaving much - if any - impression.

This change in attitude toward the image is devastating to publishers and advertisers who face an exponential increase in competition and a decrease in attention. As a model I feel it as much as anyone in the business; my role in fashion and advertising is to draw the viewer in, make him or her stop and consider: are we holding your attention? For my peers and I the answer is probably “Yes, but not for long enough,” and for that reason I think static images as advertising have to change.

The futures of both advertising and fashion editorials have to lie with far more interactive images…


(Photos by Eric Cheng for Lytro - Art direction by James Conran. Styling by Rebecca Conran)