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!"

Very kind and wise words from fashion legend Iman on Refinery29.

Do you think supermodel means the same thing today, as it did when you first became famous? 

"No, First of all, I think the only sacred ground that’s left for models is the runway. If the celebrities could figure out a way to get on the runway, they would. But they don’t have the bodies for it. Models have lost everything else. They’ve lost the beauty accounts, the covers. But the thing that’s also a shame is that they don’t have a voice. 

"But social media, like especially the way Coco Rocha is doing it — that’s where you can actually create your own content and your own voice. And young models have to stop being treated like hangers for hire and take control of that. Because they can. Trust me, young girls and boys who are out there in their teens who want to be in this industry whether as a designer, a makeup artist, or a stylist, they aren’t looking at Kim Kardashian, they are looking at Karlie Kloss

"It’s that connection to fans that models don’t have to be given, now. They can have a voice. They can video blog. They can Tweet. They can create. And that’s what they really should do."

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Yep, the Jamie and Coco collaborations just keep coming! I’m so glad to see the images I’ve posted so far on my blog have received an overwhelming amount of support. Not only were they featured in The Atlantic, Refinery29 and Modelinia but they were re-blogged over 35,000 times on various tumblr blogs. Amazing.
We have a few more images to post from our shoot so stay tuned…


Yep, the Jamie and Coco collaborations just keep coming! I’m so glad to see the images I’ve posted so far on my blog have received an overwhelming amount of support. Not only were they featured in The Atlantic, Refinery29 and Modelinia but they were re-blogged over 35,000 times on various tumblr blogs. Amazing.

We have a few more images to post from our shoot so stay tuned…