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!"

UK TELEGRAPH - November 1st, 2011
by Aurelia Donaldson

Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha talks to the Telegraph about her latest humanitarian project - a range of jewellery to benefit Cambodian exploitation survivors.


While most models are commonly known for lending their face for the top fashion campaigns, storming the catwalks and attending fabulous fashion parties, Coco Rocha is also becoming increasingly known for her humanitarian efforts. The Canadian-born supermodel recently released a short film called ‘Letter to Haiti’ which documented her trip to Haiti shortly after the earthquake destroyed the area. The film, directed by her husband James Conran, follows Rocha as she hands out thousands of letters from people around the world to the children of Haiti.

Her latest philanthropic work benefits the victims of human trafficking and exploitation in Cambodia. Alongside Senhoa, a jewellery company that supports victims of human trafficking by providing income-generating opportunities, Rocha has designed seven jewellery pieces which will be handcrafted by the Cambodian survivors, often children aged 15 and up. Using Swarovski crystals the pieces will be sold on www.senhoa.com/cocorocha , with all proceeds going to Senhoa’s community development projects that rehabilitate and educate the young women of Cambodia.

Rocha has also made sure her fashion friends are involved and enlisted models Iman and Caroline Trentini to join her in the campaign shot by America’s Next Top Model judge and photographer Nigel Barker.
Rocha became involved with Senoa after the founder of the site, Lisa T.D. Nguyen, attended her wedding to James Conran in June 2010, during which Rocha wore a dress designed by close friend Zac Posen.
The jewellery is available to buy from today on Senoa’s website, where you can also see the campaign and read more about the collection.

With special thanks to Coco Rocha, James Conran, Calvin at Storm Models and Micki Schneider at Wilhelmina Models.

www.cocorocha.com
www.senhoa.com/cocorocha
www.stormmodels.com
www.wilhelmina.com

Senhoa - By Coco Rocha.For a few weeks I’ve been working with Senhoa via email and snail mail on a jewelry line collaboration. Senhoa is a great charity that supports victims of human trafficking in South East Asia by providing income-generating opportunities, social reintegration  				and programs for self-empowerment. Some of the children they work with are as young as 4 years old.This weekend I flew to LA to finalize jewelry designs which we hope to have available within a few months. The Jewelry 'Coco Rocha For Senhoa' will be made in Cambodia by the  older girls in the program, with all proceeds going back into the program. It will be available around the world. Stay tuned for more…

Senhoa - By Coco Rocha.

For a few weeks I’ve been working with Senhoa via email and snail mail on a jewelry line collaboration. Senhoa is a great charity that supports victims of human trafficking in South East Asia by providing income-generating opportunities, social reintegration and programs for self-empowerment. Some of the children they work with are as young as 4 years old.

This weekend I flew to LA to finalize jewelry designs which we hope to have available within a few months. The Jewelry 'Coco Rocha For Senhoa' will be made in Cambodia by the older girls in the program, with all proceeds going back into the program. It will be available around the world. Stay tuned for more…