LIFE via INSTAGRAM - December 20th - 29th, 2012

In this installation of Life Via Instagram, I escaped the freezing cold (Elmo-roaming) streets of New York and found myself in Las Vegas where I saw a Prince tribute band that was actually pretty good! 
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  1. Nicopanda and I waiting impatiently for the train into New York on this chilly morning.
  2. "I think we’re being followed!” Only in New York
  3. The Face elevator. Dare you enter?
  4. I escaped the NY snow storm just in time! On a road trip with James, driving through the Mojave Desert and loving the view.
  5. Guess where I am now? Here’s a clue, it’s not New York!
  6. Urban Pyramid, Las Vegas.
  7. Sunset in Vegas.
  8. Dearly beloved, it’s not Princ,e it’s “Purple Reign.” Having seen the real thing before, I gotta say they were really good! 
  9. Only in Vegas does this group photo make sense.

Versace For H&M - Tonight!

Everyone in New York is talking about the big fashion show happening tonight: Versace for H&M! Prince and Nicki Minaj are the musical guests and I’m SO EXCITED to attend. I’ve been privileged to walk in quite a few Versace shows over the years, but never have I been to Versace as a guest in the audience! I took a look through the archive this evening to post some of my favorite Versace runway outfits and backstage memories. I particularly love the picture of a baby Karlie Kloss and I and the picture of Agyness Deyn, Behati Prinsloo and I from a show in 2007 - now that’s a terrible trio!

To see all my Versace runway pictures go to my archive at COCOROCHA.com


NAAG INTERVIEWBy Fiona Byrne March 10, 2011She’s a model. She’s a Canuck. She’s smart and sweet. And most importantly she’s the wife of Naag art director James Conran. Coco Rocha talks to us fresh from the Fall 2011 shows. 

Here we discover not only does James create awesome images — he creates sweet jewelry too. At least on on special occasions. But wait — this is about Coco! We discovered she werks a leather legging in her downtime and can still fit into a vest she had as a child!Who are you? Coco Rocha Conran Where do you live? New York, N.Y What do you do? Modeling pays the bills, the rest is for love or fun. What is the item in your closet you wear most often? Right now it’s my little orange Anna Sui dress that she gave me after walking in her show last month. It was my go-to outfit for Milan and Paris fashion weeks. What’s your preferred sunglasses brand? I’m a firm believer that you can’t go wrong with a pair of vintage Ray-Bans. What piece have you spent the most money on? One of the perks of being a model is that most of my clothes are given to me. However, two years ago, on the day of the Grammys I could NOT for the life of me find a good pair of shoes to go with my dress so I splurged on a pair of Versaces for an unmentionable amount. Where do you buy your socks? Are they plain or patterned? I haven’t bought socks in thousands of years. The last time I did, I think I bought them in Asia, in bulk. I only own plain socks — that way I don’t have to find their partner when doing laundry. What item of clothing do you feel great in every time you put it on?My Reiss leather leggings are like my second skin. Do you wear a watch? If so, what kind? I feel like the advancement of cell phones has been the kiss of death to watches. The last time I wore a watch was probably 10 years ago, right before my first flip phone. What piece have you been wearing for the longest amount of time? Did you ever think you would be still wearing it after all these time?
I have a pair of Rag and Bone pants I’ve probably worn weekly for the last six years. How they stay together, I have no idea. I also have a faux-fur vest that I got when I was 8 — I remember I hated it but now I wear it out and about all the time! What jewelry designers do you like? Chanel has some fun jewelry, but in general I like my cheapy costume jewelry… I do have a custom-designed engagement ring that my husband gave me. I guess he would be my favorite jewelry designer then! When you need a quick affordable fashion fix, where do you go? Depending on what city I’m in, either Zara or Topshop. I love mixing affordable with high fashion. What are you favorite places to shop online? Other than tickets I’ve never shopped online! I still like to touch or feel before buying… I know, I know, I’m so behind the times! What are the last three things you bought online? (fashion or otherwise) A last-minute plane ticket home to NY, tickets for James to see Prince and an out-of-print used book.

NAAG INTERVIEW
By Fiona Byrne
March 10, 2011

She’s a model. She’s a Canuck. She’s smart and sweet. And most importantly she’s the wife of Naag art director James Conran. Coco Rocha talks to us fresh from the Fall 2011 shows. 

Here we discover not only does James create awesome images — he creates sweet jewelry too. At least on on special occasions. But wait — this is about Coco! We discovered she werks a leather legging in her downtime and can still fit into a vest she had as a child!

Who are you?
Coco Rocha Conran

Where do you live?
New York, N.Y

What do you do?
Modeling pays the bills, the rest is for love or fun.

What is the item in your closet you wear most often?
Right now it’s my little orange Anna Sui dress that she gave me after walking in her show last month. It was my go-to outfit for Milan and Paris fashion weeks.

What’s your preferred sunglasses brand?
I’m a firm believer that you can’t go wrong with a pair of vintage Ray-Bans.

What piece have you spent the most money on?
One of the perks of being a model is that most of my clothes are given to me. However, two years ago, on the day of the Grammys I could NOT for the life of me find a good pair of shoes to go with my dress so I splurged on a pair of Versaces for an unmentionable amount.

Where do you buy your socks? Are they plain or patterned?
I haven’t bought socks in thousands of years. The last time I did, I think I bought them in Asia, in bulk. I only own plain socks — that way I don’t have to find their partner when doing laundry.

What item of clothing do you feel great in every time you put it on?
My Reiss leather leggings are like my second skin.

Do you wear a watch? If so, what kind?
I feel like the advancement of cell phones has been the kiss of death to watches. The last time I wore a watch was probably 10 years ago, right before my first flip phone.

What piece have you been wearing for the longest amount of time?
Did you ever think you would be still wearing it after all these time?
I have a pair of Rag and Bone pants I’ve probably worn weekly for the last six years. How they stay together, I have no idea. I also have a faux-fur vest that I got when I was 8 — I remember I hated it but now I wear it out and about all the time!

What jewelry designers do you like?
Chanel has some fun jewelry, but in general I like my cheapy costume jewelry… I do have a custom-designed engagement ring that my husband gave me. I guess he would be my favorite jewelry designer then!

When you need a quick affordable fashion fix, where do you go?
Depending on what city I’m in, either Zara or Topshop. I love mixing affordable with high fashion.

What are you favorite places to shop online?
Other than tickets I’ve never shopped online! I still like to touch or feel before buying… I know, I know, I’m so behind the times!

What are the last three things you bought online? (fashion or otherwise)
A last-minute plane ticket home to NY, tickets for James to see Prince and an out-of-print used book.

RUNWAY SONGS
by Coco Rocha

Hello again! I’m still here in BC. This picture was taken at Okanagan Lake. Isn’t it pretty?! Everything is going well - I’m dressed as a lumber jack, getting lots of sleep and fully enjoying doing a whole lot of nothing!!

So lately I’ve been listening to Major Lazer’s song “Pon De Floor” (Edited Version) on heavy repeat after I walked to it last month at Paul Smith. Even before I started modeling, good runway songs always stuck out in my mind. I remember years ago watching the Victoria’s Secret show on TV and thinking how cool it would be if I could strut down the runway to “I Like The Way You Move” by Bodyrockers or that remix of Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang” like Gisele and Adriana.

Its been four years since I started walking runways myself and I find there’s lot’s of songs I’m fond of because they’re linked in my memory to this show or that one. I remember walking for Louis Vuitton at FW 06 - it was my first time opening and closing a show and I can still recall the beats of “The Glamorous Life” by Sheila E. bouncing off the walls. On another occasion I remember laughing as I passed Behati on the runway because the song playing was “Big Girl (You are beautiful)” by Mika and I still get the whistle part of the “Twisted Nerve” remix stuck in my head, years after I walked to it at Versace.

Its funny that sometimes I’ll hear a song and just know it would be a good song to walk to. I’m not sure if its been used yet but "Let Me Think About it" by Freddie Le Grand would be great on the runway - so would “U Got The Look” By Prince. Its not necessarily the style of the song that makes a great runway theme but, for me, I prefer hard beats, on the faster side, that put me into a character I can play.

In other news, here’s me falling off a mountain!?: