Archive for ‘Coco Rocha’

April 25, 2011

Alexander the Great


Coco Rocha, Caroline Trentini, Stella Tennant, Karlie Kloss, Karen Elson, and Raquel Zimmerman by Steven Meisel for Vogue US May 2011

Oh Lee McQueen…you are still very dearly missed.  The industry is still dealing with the loss of the creative genius.  Although, Sarah Burton is very nicely carrying on in his stead.  In Vogue‘s May issue, Meisel profiles pieces from the Costume Institute’s tribute to Alexander McQueen’s legacy, aptly titled “Savage Beauty.”  And what a savage beauty Lee’s work was.  His work has intrigued me, awed me, confused me, provoked me, and above all, moved me.  Even when I disliked what I saw, I could not deny his incredible design technique.  I still recall that 1999 opening where Shalom Harlow was on a turntable, wearing a white dress, and being paint splattered by two robots.  It was creepy yet thrilling, fantastical and provocative; I was riveted by the performance.  Now that he is gone, his legacy is in his work left behind.  And in the people he influenced.  Sarah Burton is fantastic technician because his tutelage, and she carries on that technique and vision today.

Meisel has stayed true in this editorial.  I love how he has propped this set; it’s quirky and perhaps a little out-of-sorts which suits the mad genius of McQueen.  Moreover, the pieces Grace Coddington chose, on top of being beautifully wrought, each has a story.  They are striking, weird, magical, and romantic at times.  I love it.  Check the Vogue article for  the fully story [although the site coding is a little hard to read so I’ve posted it here as well].  Here’s what Sarah Burton has to say about each [in order]:

  • Widows of Culloden, Fall 2006: “The collection was about the 1745 massacre of the Scottish Jacobites by the English, which Lee felt so passionately about because of his Scottish family heritage, which his mother had researched. The women were the widows of the slaughtered army. This dress was actually based on my wedding dress—I got married two years earlier. We had to figure out how to make lace work in the round with those ruffles because Lee hated gathering. So we cut out all of the flowers from the lace and reappliquéd it on tulle to make our own fabric. This is the collection most people remember as the one with Kate Moss in a hologram. Oh, my God, it was so beautiful. He loved that show.”
  • Voss, Spring 2001:  “So much of this show was about the collective madness of the world. It was presented in a two-way mirrored glass box in London, and the girls had bandaged heads, acting like inmates of a mental asylum. Lee wanted the top of this dress to be made from surgical slides used for hospital specimens, which we found in a medical-supply shop on Wigmore Street. Then we hand-painted them red, drilled holes in each one, and sewed them on so they looked like paillettes. We hand-painted white ostrich feathers and dip-dyed each one to layer in the skirt.”
  • Number 13, Spring 1999: “This was from the amazing show in London where Shalom Harlow stood on a turntable and was spray-painted by robots. This particular look was made from wood to form the shape of a fan: It was all about the craftsmanship. The wooden wings were in this show, too, and the prosthetic legs he had carved for Aimee Mullins, who walked in the show. That was so moving. There were so many ideas in there. Each of his shows was like ten of anyone else’s.”
  • Sarabande, Spring 2007: “The collection was based on Handel’s ‘Sarabande’ in the film Barry Lyndon. It was held in the round at the Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione in Paris, with classical musicians playing onstage under a giant chandelier. This dress had fresh flowers on it. We put them on just before she went out, and they started to fall off one by one as she walked. I remember people saying Lee timed it. We had a laugh about that. It was an accident!”
  • It’s Only a Game, Spring 2005: “All the girls were dressed as chess pieces, and the show was choreographed as a chess game. It was about the chessboard of fashion. Lee did have foresight and a sense of humor! This is one of the two horse pieces. He made it by commissioning Steve Powell, a hospital prosthetics expert, to make the body. And the horsetails were from the same suppliers who make the plumes for the queen’s Royal Horse Guards.”
  • Voss, Spring 2001: “This is a straitjacket, a kimono with the sleeves strapped around the back, embroidered with raised birds and flowers, and the flowers on the hat were real. I saved all the showpieces from every collection because I’m an obsessive, obsessive hoarder. Sometimes Lee would look at them again, just to remember what he’d done with something. It was his dictionary he was building, really.”

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March 24, 2011

The Scarlet Woman

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Coco Rocha by Alex Cayley for The Sunday Telegraph Spring 2011

Coco Rocha has a fantastic personality.  And it always comes across in her work.  She has this quirky playfulness that manifests itself in some fabulously unique posing and faces.  Thrilling in various shades of coral, she comes across strong, sophisticated, and off-beat in the best possible way.  Her frame and posing are always so eloquent; she folds her arms like they’re origami shapes.  Not to mention she’s modeling some of my favorite pieces for the spring season.  The Haider (featured above) is somehow structured, sexy, and loose all in one.  And she is oh so strong in that Lanvin dress (shot 7).  I think what I love best about her is that she is unafraid to come across “ugly.”  She constantly strives for better lines, more unique posing, and more personable shots.  There is no wall with her.  Which is great to see in this industry.

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October 24, 2010

Coco Rocha by Alan Gelati

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Coco Rocha by Alan Gelati for Harper’s Bazaar Russia November 2010

I’ve missed Coco Rocha a bit now that she’s not walking as many shows or doing many editorials.  And while I applaud her for getting into design and other projects, I miss her being in front of the camera.  She was my favorite model for a good long while (until Jac took that spot in my heart).  In fact, I think she was the first model that I followed when I was first getting passionate about this industry.  She brings up a bit of nostalgia now.  How great things change in just a few years.  In any case, I like her quirkiness in this shoot.  While I do not particularly care for the clothes (it’s a bit too over-the-top for my tastes), I can appreciate the images.  Coco is really what interests me.  I have long gotten over saving images due to immense like of a model (at least I hope I have), but Coco has this spark that makes me like her work.  She’s unafraid to bring personality and appear seemingly ugly (which she never is).  Not to mention, the effect of the dress in the featured image above is gorgeous.

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August 29, 2010

Íconos de una era

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Coco Rocha by Tesh for Vogue Mexico September 2010

Coco’s been my favorite model for a while now (ever since she Irish danced down the JPG runway!).  And this proves it.  She’s on the cover of Vogue Mexico‘s 50th anniversary issue and looks absolutely gorgeous in the editorial.  I mean would you just look at the feature shot??? Flawless.  She’s playful and charismatic in every shoot, delivering more than just a pretty face and pose.  Not to mention, she’s a huge advocate for healthy body image (and being healthy in general).  Can you believe that in this industry (which is changing thanks to Marc Jacobs and others) considers her a “curvy” model (she’s a size 4)?  Ridiculous.  In any case, she’s lovely.

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August 26, 2010

Coco Rocha by Craig McDean

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Coco Rocha by Craig McDean for W October 2006

Fun with colors!  Well this is certainly a switch up from what I normally see from Craig McDean.  This seems like a glorified beauty shoot to me; it’s all I really look at.  I love the lacquered red lip in the featured shot above while the double winged cat eye is certainly a switch up from the classic.  I love how each shot has a color theme and how everything correlates.

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April 6, 2010

Oh So Coco

Coco Rocha is one my favorite models; actually she’s my original favorite when I was first getting into this world.  And the world has finally caught up as the fashion world is highly fascinated with her.  She is one of the advocates healthier body image/weight and a strong model without compromising her principles.  And the industry loves her for it.  i find it a bit laughable that there were several articles during fashion week on her she was walking less shows due to being too “fat.”  She was only willing to walk shows for designers that promoted woman as opposed to cramming small girls into already tiny sample sizes.  Not to mention she had a phenomenal Paris Fall 2010 season.  She walked a ton of shows.  In her shoots, she’s always willing to do something unusual; it must be her dancer background.  I believe being a dancer has made her more unique and capable of pushing the boundaries.  Well she does have an inability to close her mouth but that’s ok; she’s made quite a huge career off of it.  Not to mention her lovely fiancé, James Conran, designed the chalk backgrounds to this shoot.  I love how he was just there to come along for the ride and got dragged into it as well.

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October 19, 2009


Coco Rocha in Numero 107 October 2009, Riviera

Again, I give you my favorite model. She’s amazing, despite always having her mouth open in shots.  She always comes off strong and beautiful, dominating the shot without overwhelming the viewer.  The mark of a good model is the ability to capture the viewer and to make us see beyond the pretty face.  Also, who hasn’t seen her latest ad campaign for good friend Zac Posen?  Simply gorgeous.

Hmm it’s been a while since I’ve posted an editorial; I’ve been remiss.  However, I have been rather busy as of late with uni and all that jazz.  Hopefully it dies down a little so I can get back to properly blogging as opposed to surreptitiously blogging in moments of procrastination in between exams.

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October 10, 2009

Legend of Fall

One of my favorite models: Coco Rocha in an editorial for Vogue Korea Oct 2009 issue.  And of course, as always, she has an inability to close her mouth >.<

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