forever isko. international studies graduate student. ex-french major/italian minor. corporate slave. foreign languages and culture lover. stargazer. moderately wanderlust. quite opinionated. ebay addict. bag hoarder. true 90s kid. ruthless potty-mouth. interested in a lot of things. rants every once in a while.
(personal rather than private space from my usual online presence, this is more... uninhibited? so if you know me, O hay der!!! =p ★
I love a good dancer/model! Coco Rocha is definitely my favorite dancer/model, but the second one is probably Karlie Kloss. Look at those limbs! The ballet training definitely did not go to waste. I remember seeing a video of her two/three years ago (can’t pinpoint exactly when, but she’s definitely a minor that time) inside a dance studio, and she was showing all those ballet moves and she looked really cool. A friend of mine can’t understand her look, though. I kind of get where she is coming from but Karlie looks quite distinguishable to me.
As a model I’m asked to sell all kinds of products. Sometimes its shoes, gowns, lipsticks… sometimes its even Coca Cola. The launch of the Coco Rocha for Senhoa jewelry line marks the first time I’ve ever tried to sell a product that was entirely of my own creation. But more than that, this is a very special venture for me. I first found out about Senhoa at my wedding in France last summer. Lisa, the founder gifted me a beautiful Senhoa bracelet which i wore the first day of my wedding. She told me the story behind the making of the jewelry and Senhoa - Aged 4 to 19, these girls are rescued from brothels and human trafficking in Cambodia. Many of the girls do not have a family to return to as it was their families who actually sold them into slavery in the first place. The girls receive a full education and rehabilitation in the Senhoa program and when they turn 15 the are offered a job in jewelry making where they are paid better than school teachers. In just 2 years Senhoa now has over 50 girls in this program.
Following my meeting Lisa I tried to wear Senhoa pieces at events and on the red carpet, mentioning them whenever I could. Earlier this year we decided that a jewelry collaboration was probably the best way I could lend my voice to the cause and so I poured myself into the process of sketching and designing the jewelry. I knew I wanted to create bold statement pieces that were both powerful and beautiful as I felt that this would aptly symbolize the Senhoa girl who is being empowered by the Senhoa program. I flew out to LA to actually put the jewelry pieces together myself and I’m glad I did - I got to experience first hand the intricate and painstaking work the girls put into this jewelry (I spent a whole day beading just one piece!). We used high quality materials in the jewelry, like Swarovski crystals which not only add to the beauty of the product but help instill a feeling of self worth in these girls who are now associating themselves with materials of high value. I think one of the great things about this jewelry line is that every hand that worked on it, from design to production is deeply invested in its success. Hopefully you’ll feel the love when you wear the pieces.
Our slogan with the Coco Rocha for Senhoa line is “accessorize your conscience” because unlike many of the purchases you might make for yourself, you don’t need to feel guilty about this one. Once the older girls are paid for their time as jewelry makers, all the profit goes to fund the food, medicine, shelter and education of the younger ones. Its a cycle of girls helping girls and I’m so proud to be a part of it all.
ONE OF THE REASONS WHY I LOVE HER SO MUCH. She’s more than a face. She’s more human and tangible to me because of her advocacy. That is beyond remarkable and admirable. I’m so inspired of the story behind the jewelry. :’) YOU GO COCO! <3
Today I walked my exclusive show for Milan Fashion Week - Giorgio Armani. For the second season in a row Mr. Armani was kind enough to give me the privilege of opening the show, which is such a honor. (To watch the show go HERE)
As Milan Fashion Week comes to a close many are asking if I’ll be walking in Paris Fashion Week. The answer is… we shall see! Right now I have to rush back to New York for a very important and exciting job. I know I claim to be “taking my 13th season off” but actually I’m busy as ever!!
I WAS REALLY HAPPY WHEN I OPENED STYLE.COM EARLIER AND SAW THIS!!! <3 YOU GO COCO!!! MWAH!!! <3
Vogue US - May 2011 Title: Alexander the Great Photographer: Steven Meisel Fashion Editor: Grace Coddington
Giant boxes the size of elephant containers arrived in New York earlier this year. I was there as they were unpacked and rather than contain exotic animals, these crates were filled with some of the most imaginative and stunning pieces of clothing ever created.
The archive of Alexander McQueen.
I’m very honnored to have been a part of this historic McQueen retrospective for Vogue magazine and I’m extremely excited about the this years Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s exhibit: “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.” The Gala event is May 2nd and so I have one question to ask you all: What ON EARTH do I wear to this event?!
YAY! I finally got my copy! For the past days, I wasn’t able to pass by Fully Booked Gateway! Can’t wait to open and read and devour the content! <3 Can’t wait to see Coco and Daniel and Emma Stone on paper!