With hair in a SHOCKING pink hue, in homage to Elsa Schiaparelli, Coco Rocha stepped onto the red carpet wearing vintage Givenchy that was originally owned by Elizabeth Taylor that Rocha bought at the infamous Christie's auction of Taylor's possession that took place in December 2011. The ensemble is numbered couture from the 1980s and Coco scooped it up at a final hammer price of just over $3,000. The trousers and jacket are "embroidered with arabesques in silver and gold"
“I’ve always been a huge admirer of Elizabeth Taylor,” says Rocha, 23. ,”For me, it was her wardrobe that was really impressive. Here was a celebrity who, in the time before stylists and professionals picking your wardrobe, always looked amazing.”
On Coco's blog she tells of the wine stain that the dress had on it “If you look carefully, you can see the suit has this very faint red wine stain on it. After I had it cleaned I took it to show the editors at Vogue and we could still see the stain. We all agreed that since it was Liz Taylor’s wine stain, it’s OK to wear as is,”
I sort of love that story and appreciate that she still wore it despite a little flaw. I try to only bring pieces to Shrimpton Couture that are as near perfect as can be but the reality is that sometimes really amazing pieces sometimes have a small sign of past merriment's. Usually those pieces end up staying with me and I wear them despite their flaws and try to wear them with complete with complete abandon and love - my own little homage. Because that is after all, how they usually ended up with their little flaws in the first place.
The outfit as presented at the Christie's auction
Coco at the Schiaparelli & Prada exhibit at the Met Gala
Photos:Vogue, Christie's and Coco's own