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Blasblog: Coco Moves From Backstage To Front Row

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Coco Rocha knows how to work a runway—who could forget when she jigged out at the opening of a Jean Paul Gaultier show a few seasons ago? But on Monday, starting at Carolina Herrera, we noticed the currently carrot-topped stunner not backstage at the shows but sitting front-row. At Thakoon she revealed her front-row status was part of an on-air hostessing gig she’s lined up with the E! Network. Although she was mum about titles, air dates, or any other figures, she did admit that while she’s usually a chatterbox, occasionally she finds herself stumped when it comes to the big interviews. “I love fashion, and I love the people in this industry, but sometimes I’m at a loss for words,” she said. “And then I’m like, ‘What do you think of shoes?’ ” But with her big personality and warm smile, she seemed to be doing OK. If all else fails, jigging is one way to loosen people up.

Photo: Larry Busacca / Getty Images

Cuckoo for Coco

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With so many presentations this season instead of runway shows, designer Shelly Steffee had some trouble when shopping for her mannequins: They were all sold out. Steffee says the only ones available were rendered in the likeness of Coco Rocha. Without a second thought, the designer decided to purchased all of them—yes, ten exact copies of the Canadian model. The result? Coco with pony tail, Coco with shearling hat, Coco with leather band…and they all looked fabulous. Who wouldn’t want to have Coco as their only model?

Supe Attack

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Move over Erin Wasson: Some new supes have stolen the Alexander Wang spotlight. In addition to Trish Goff closing Saturday’s show, Wang’s runway saw the return of fashion’s original punk-rock mannequin, Tasha Tilberg. The tattooed Canadian has been snagging covers since the nineties, and while we hear she never officially quit modeling, this season’s casting call for an “icon revival” has her in some choicerunway cameos, not to mention a few editorials. Welcome back.

Photo: Marcio Madeira

New Faces So Far: The Model Report

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If the first two days of fashion week are any indication, we’re pleased with the focus on new girls who look like they arrived in NYC with a bit of life experience. Karolin Wolter has already popped up at several shows—including such blue-chip castings as Rag & Bone and Ohne Titel—and the German’s mature confidence gives her the air of a runway vet. There’s also Dari Maximova, who took turns on the catwalk for Ralph Lauren way back in ’03, but appears poised for a comeback in ’09. Check back for model missives in the days to come.

Photo: Marcio Madeira

Recessionista: A Stephen Jones-Inspired Paper Hat

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What: A paper hat from the newspaper of your choice, made by you.

Why: The Guardian has an interview with master hatmaker Stephen Jones today, who, besides providing headgear for Rei Kawakubo and John Galliano, has outfitted plenty a posh head in his day—Gwen Stefani, Beyoncé Knowles, Dita Von Teese, etc. The accompanying DIY video got us thinking: Why should good millinery be the first thing to go in a down economy? We can’t think of anything more uplifting than a beau chapeau. And plus, did you see the fringe on this thing?

Where: At the bodega nearest you.

How: Watch the clip.