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Friday, April 25, 2008

MAGIC'S IN THE MAKEUP

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Get to know the real Coco La'Bri.

When entering a new circle of friends you tend to come across inside jokes you don’t understand, or overhear tales of people you have yet to meet. In LA if you enter the elite hipster community and you don’t know who Cory Kennedy is, I’m almost certain that you’re pretty much banished from Downtown Los Angles; in New York City if you don’t know The Misshapes, you probably still haven’t heard of this thing called the “Internet” and you still think skinny jeans are for girls. Apparently, if you’re anyone who matters in the SF night scene, you must KNOW and believe, in the entity that is Coco La’Bri! I found myself in an embarrassing predicament New Years Eve when standing outside a Club with my new found “friends” the Missingtoof DJs. In a crowd of seven or eight with our cell phones in hand, frantically scrolling down our contact list, desperately searching for an After Party to crash and well, a place to get out of the cold! DJ Disaster turns to me and says “What about Coco?” I replied, clueless, “Pardon Me?” He restates the questions in a half drunken slur “Call Coco!” To which I then made the ultimate common nobody mistake! I uttered, “Who’s Coco?” Ok. Imagine this: seven people in totally different conversations, in all sorts of tones and noises, simultaneously coming to a screeching halt and turning to face you with a death stare. It wasn’t pretty! Out of the shadows DJ Basura steps out and mutters “You don’t know who Coco is?” DJ Disaster adds “Coco…La’Bri…” as if I would snap out of it, like I was going to say “Oh that coco! I thought you were talking about another Coco!!!” I heard someone whisper “is he fucking serious?” Someone else contributed by asking me “Are you even from around here? Do you even live here?” Long story short, I fled the scene and did not make it to the After Party! I dashed!
One Month later minding my own business and dancing on an elevated speaker at a popular nightclub, I notice that the crowed started to part like the ancient red sea. I noticed that people would stop and stare! People started taking frantic pictures, one bright flash after the other! I wondered “Who’s here?” and all I saw was the perfectly sculptured platinum blond hair of what seemed to be a living and breathing Barbie Doll. I knew in an instance, like a religious awakening, without any ratification from anyone that I had just come across the supreme goddess that is Coco La’Bri!
Coco “Chloe Lomeli” La’Bri (22) is a socialite like no other. Originally from LA, Coco moved to San Francisco a couple years back, when asked "why?", she remarks, "BECAUSE I LOVE SAN FRANCISCO!" Coco has been featured in numerous fashions shows (including “shrinkle” a harajuku inspired brand) and is a staple in the downtown, uptown, all around SF scene. She has crossed the title of fashion model to fashion designer, and is often seen sporting her own goods. So if you like something she’s wearing, you’re probably admiring her designs.


Here is my interview with the lovely Coco; we talked about Boys, Fashion, her career and most of all the future…

SC: CoCo, you have an amazing, and unique senses of style! Where do you get your inspiration? What looks do you most often try to emulate?
COCO: I get my inspiration from varies things. I usually look through fashion magazines or art books. Anything really; neon-colors, music, pop-art, Paris, New York , Milan, Tokyo street-style!....basically simple things that pop into my little head for creative ideas!

SC: Have you always liked fashion? How much has your style changed over the years?
CoCo: I have been into fashion since I was a baby! I used to make little outfits for my Barbie Dolls and make them do a catwalk! I was always pretending to be a fashion model/designer even when I was only four years old. I always had an obsession with fashion...my style has changed and keeps changing over the years. I'm such a chameleon!

SC: Are there any Celebrity Fashion Icons that you look up to for inspiration?
Coco: I can definitely say I admire Gwen Stefani…I think it's obvious that I like her, and can consider her one of my Role Models....I mean, just look at her she is so fucking hot! She is an amazing fashion-icon!

SC: Where do you usually shop for your attire?
Coco: I shop everywhere! Anywhere I can find cute clothes I'm there! haha Seriously, I'm all over the place. I love cute little shops where u can find articles no one else has. Vintage stores are awesome places to! Big labels are great but unknown labels are just as beautiful. It’s about the quality!

SC:Who are your favorite designers?
Coco: My favorite designers are the more colorful crazy eccentric ones! I love Heatherette, Christian Dior [John Galliano], Dolce&Gabbana, Jeremy Scott, Betsey Johnson, Alexander McQueen, and the always amazing Coco Chanel!

SC: How much preparation goes into your spectacular ensembles?
Coco: I usually just put outfits together that day hahah. I rarely plan my outfits not unless it's for a special event but usually I just wear whatever my body feels like that day!

SC: Do you ever feel pressure to outdo your last outfit from the night before? Do you feel an unspoken expectation from fans to look outrageous?
Coco: Um, I know that people will certainly not expect me to wear a t-shirt or jeans the next time they see me. But I wouldn’t want to do that. I love dressing up! I always try to look cute. haha

SC: I know you enjoy making clothing and designing, can we expect to be able to purchase your clothing somewhere soon?
Coco: I would like to open an online store where people can purchase my designs; Other than just being able to buy them at my shows.

SC: I’m dying to know! “What Does Coco La'Bri look like when she’s casually relaxing at home?” For some reason I still imagine you in full make up! Does the makeup come off?
Coco: haha that’s such a silly question. It’s so funny. I actually don't wear any make-up when I’m at home relaxing! It feels awesome!!! I love not having to wear it when I don't have to. I sometimes get so lazy to have to put it on....I can be very normal you know…yeah right! haha

SC: Every time I’ve seen you you’re dancing on tables, pianos, or speakers, if not on stage! You’re a big party girl, or at least you appear to be! Am I correct or is it a misconception? Are you secretly a homebody?
Coco: No. that’s me. I am definitely a wildchild! There is no doubt that I like to have fun and enjoy myself no matter where I'm at...and I don't care who is watching! But relaxing at home is sweet to…


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SC: What other misconceptions do you think people might have about you? In your opinion, what’s one thing people realize about you, when they get to know you; that they didn’t assume before?
Coco: I do feel that a lot of people judge me by the way I look. Especially, those that don't know that much about me… My friends know that I’m genuinely a really nice person. People find that out once they get to know me. I try hard not to give the wrong impression to people....I don't want to be known as some bitch, or a ''bad'' person. That would be a personal disappointment.

SC: I must admit that your Fabulous and OVER THE TOP Persona is very intimidating! You just have a larger-than-life quality! Do you ever feel unapproachable? Do you think maybe sometimes people don’t approach you because of your outrageousness?
Coco: Yes! ALL THE TIME!!! I hate it when I smile at someone and you can tell they want to smile back but they don't because they are too scared! hahah Sometimes I feel like I can be too outrageous for certain people to handle...but they are the ones missing out! Haha

SC: Do you find it hard to separate the people who want to be your real friends, from those who just desire to be seen as a “friend” of Coco La'Bri?
Coco: No. not at all…I know who my real friends are. Because they know me underneath all the superficial stuff and still like me. They aren’t materialistic or vain. The people I trust don’t care to be seen with me at some party or at a club...I have their unconditional respect.

SC: From the look on your MySpace you have hundreds of men at your feet! Do you get hounded by men everywhere you go? Who’s the craziest guy that’s ever picked up on you?
Coco: I always seem to attract the weirdest guys! I don't know what's up with me but lately I've been getting some funky-lookin junkies! Everywhere I go! hahaha! But seriously, I had some guy follow me to my car once when I was leaving a party and I was like ''Omg! Everyone hurry get in the car!'' I didn’t know what he wanted from me? Actually I don’t want to know… (I think he was drunk.) But yea weird guys, I tell ya!

SC: That sounds scary. Haha So Is there anybody special in your life right now? Or are you looking for Mr. Right? If so, what do you look for?
Coco: haha NO! There is no one special in my life right now. I think it's really hard to find someone these days that fits you’re exact match, but who is MR. RIGHT ANYWAYS???
I don't know him...but I think when the time is right I will meet him. At this moment I’m just focused on my future goals…career wise. But I’m keeping my eyes open! Just incase.

SC: What has been the pinnacle of your personal success so far?
Coco: My biggest success was probably changing as a person! I used to care a lot about what people thought about me. Too much! I was secretly very insecure; I would pretend not to be when I really was. I have changed that completely! I’m much more comfortable with myself.

SC:Do you want to always live the crazy and glamorous life, or would you like to eventually settle down and be the mom and wife?
Coco: I would like to ALWAYS live the glamorous life! But that’s silly! The crazy life is just for fun right now in my youth. Eventually, I'll settle down. I want to adopt kids when I'm in my 40's and enjoy a nice life. No desperate housewife here! However, in the meantime I'll enjoy being young and full of life while I still can! Fuck it!

SC: What’s next for Coco La'Bri? Any big plans?
Coco: I'm planning on taking a trip to Tokyo this year to check out the lifestyle there! That places inspires me so much! I just have to be apart of it!!! I'm also working on some projects for this summer…including, having a fashion show! It’s very exciting!


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"I'm such a chameleon!"

During my whole process of creating this article I kept talking with Coco in a series of emails for inspiration. In one of our last conversations I wrote her “I’m thinking about calling this article Magic’s in the make-up, like that old song from No Doubt!” In my mind I was doing a play on words, not even thinking about the deeper meaning of the Song. She replied to me by saying something much unexpected, “I love that song!!! It’s my absolute favorite! I can really relate to it! You read my mind…it describes me perfectly.”

I’d like to leave you with some of the lyrics; maybe they will help you get a more introspective look at Coco La’Bri, an intimate look beyond the Make-Up.

Magics In The Makeup(G.Stefani,T. Dumont)
Can you tell I’m faking it?
But I want to be myself.
A counterfeit disposition couldn’t be good for my health…
…I can fool you and attract attention;
I camouflage my nature.
Let me demonstrate…
Makeup’s all off,
Who am I?
If the magic’s in the makeup,
Then who am I?
I want to be the real thing.
Who am I?



Wednesday, April 16, 2008

DREAM GIRLS

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Get to know theMEEP: Jes wells and Silke Labson

“Hey, can I please take your picture for my fashion blog?!” I begged her.
She was young and beautiful, and her style was better than mine.

“Yeah, sure” she replied in the sweets tone.
I knew who she was but she never noticed me before…
After a smooth pose and quick picture she muttered “have you heard about my blog?” She must have known I was playing it cool, “umm yeah…I think…the MEEP? Right?” Her face illuminated, smiling back to me as if surprised and excited to know that I had guessed it! She reaches into her plush purse, saying “umm here, take my business card…” She pulls out a lavish double-sided card; one side simply reveals the words “theMEEP” and the other side states “Jes Wells,” (which she exclaims, “no one ever spells it right!”) along with her contacts.
At that moment I knew two things: One, my Blog was a joke compared to theirs! Two, these girls meant business!
TheMEEP is an online vanity fair and diary of SILKE LABSON (21) and JES WELLS (22), whom document their glamorous adventures in the downtown nightlife. But don’t be foolish enough to think that they’re simply dancing on beer spilt tables, in fact, they spend most of the night casually making tipsy conversations with the likes of STEVE AOKI, THE KLAXONS, DIGITALISM and rubbing elbows with, UFFIE, DJ MEHDI (Ed Bangers) or the MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS!
In the world of internet blogging and websites, it’s a no mans land. ANYTHING GOES! ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN or nothing could happen at all! Your mothers knew best when they told you “the internet is a very dangerous place!” In fact, it’s a vicious blog eat blog world…and it’s hard to survive but maybe you can learn by example! Here is an interview with the beautiful girls of theMEEP.com. Pay close attention, maybe you can recreate the same magic that they have accomplished; maybe you to can find yourself backstage at DAFT PUNK on Saturday night, and Blogging about them Sunday Morning!

SC: Jes, How did you and Silke meet? Was it BFF’s at First sight?
JES: Silke and I met when our old housemates and I were looking for our 4th roommate on Craigslist. I actually voted against her moving in because I didn't want any more chicks in the house, but I was overridden by the leaseholder guy who liked her because she had a cool car.Silke and I later bonded over our mutual hatred of him!

SC : Silke, how did you ladies conceptualize theMEEP. com?
SILKE: It actually started on accident! Jes and I were driving to LA to work on a film project with our friend Linda Ho at BPM. We had a video camera and decided to just film our road trip, which ended up being the trip from hell! --- My car broke down on the grapevine, we had to sit for two hours in a tow truck with a huge creepy tow truck driver who listened to 2pac… the entire time. Ugh it was hell! We posted this video on youtube as a joke and it ended up getting about 800 hits in the first few days. This spawned the idea for making videos about our crazy trips and backstage adventures…

SC: How did you ladies come up with the name theMEEP?

JES: We both love Beaker from The Muppets, so that's part of it. Mostly though, it is one of the more commonly used jibberish words/ noises we use when we talk to each other.

SC: Silke, are you and Jess friend’s first or business partners?

SILKE: Friends for sure! We bitch about our problems to one another and then afterwards we talk about business or vice versa… Sometimes our bitching fest will transcend into a discussion about how we should do a show about people bitching…or it just leads to new ideas. I guess in the end…our bitching is productive and can be considered business!

SC: Who was the first artist you interviewed? How did the opportunity come about?
SILKE: I believe Simon from the Klaxons was our first interview. Jes and I have a huge network of friends in the music industry so we were able to set up that interview through someone who contacted someone, who knew someone, who was brothers with someone, who worked with someone who knew the Klaxons!

SC: So who has been your favorite artist that you’ve interviewed so far?

JES: Meeting new artists is fun, but anytime I get to interview people who are my friends in real life is my favorite.
SILKE: I think recently I loved hanging out with Digitalism. They are a crack up and I love them both. I want to record them talking all night and sell it as a stand up comedy act on CD. The German accent with their ridiculous sarcasm makes me laugh!

SC: Who was your least favorite artist you’ve interview? Name one, that didn’t quite meet your idealized expectation.
JES: Hmmm.... I can't name names, but there was someone who we didn't end up filming who asked us to help him buy crack... That was pretty gross. I told him I was the wrong girl to ask but that I was sure the good people of 6th Street would be happy to help.
SILKE: yeah. That was awkward… I hope to god we don’t seem like someone who does crack or has crack. I don’t like rocks unless they are diamonds. I lied. I don’t even like diamonds.

SC: Do you usually get nervous or star struck when interviewing these big shot artist? Is their any artist in particular that has made you weak in the knees?
JES: Usually I'm not. For the most part, these performers are so totally normal that it makes it really easy for me or they're people that I've met before or am friends with already.Though... When we were filming at the Download Festival, I nearly fainted when Robert Smith walked in. His producer offered to take me to meet him, but the guy has been one of my idols since I was a little kid and I just couldn't do it. I panicked.
SILKE: Only with Our first interview! It was really nerve wrecking and I wanted to pee my pants but, I thought it might screw up the interview. So instead I had a beer. It all went well despite my constant nervous hand shaking the camera.


SC: Jes, in your wildest dreams whom would you love to interview!?
Mick Jagger. I think he'd be great to have a drink with.

SC: Silke, is theMEEP a hobby or do you desire to make a profitable career out of this? Do you want to be the next Barbra Walters of underground music?

SILKE: I never intend on being like Barbara or Oprah. Oprah says “va-jay-jay.” Ew. The Meep is definitely a business and is already helping us pay the rent or contribute to our “I really really really need these Chloe shoes” funds. haha

What’s next for theMEEP. com?
JES: Our new commercial for Nokia just launched online, and we're super stoked! You can check it out on our site.Also, we have a new intern! She won't be hosting the videos but you may see her popping up. Besides that, there will be some BIG announcements toward the end of summer, but you'll have to wait and see!

SC: The success of your blog has allowed you ladies to get backstage at the most highly anticipated shows, and see the highest ranking DJs and performers, but what single event has really stuck out to you from this whole experience? What has been the night to remember?
JES: Daft Punk Backstage! (that was slightly pre-theMEEP.)
SILKE: THE CURE!

SC:What’s the most rewarding thing out of having this website?

JES: Being able to work with my best friend…
SILKE: and working on something we both love!

Does it get any more cute than that?! You know the most important people in the world and the only person that truely matters is your best friend. Amazing!


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Check out my favorite VIDEO from theMEEP.COM...







Meep Launch Party+ Steve Aoki + Uffie from Silke on Vimeo.



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