Fashion Spotlight: Ivy Coco

Being the lover of style that I am, I often keep up with young women who's fashion sense I greatly admire and am often inspired by.  Which explains why I had to chat it up with fashion blogger Ivy Coco, who is currently enjoying the Jamaican heat.  This French & Jamaican fashionista is constantly blessing my Instagram timeline with her timeless fashion pieces while traveling the globe. Find out some fun facts about Ivy as well as her proudest achievement.

How would you describe your style in three words?

Edgy, Eclectic, and Diverse 

Who are some of your style icons?

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel is my absolute favorite style Icon. We are both French, and share the nickname, Coco. Also, the first man she loved, Etienne Balsan, has the same name as my older brother, Etienne Maurice. My older brother also gave me the nick name “Coco”. 
I love the style of Dorothy Dandridge. People like to refer to her as “The Black Marilyn Monroe”, but Dandridge paved the way before Monroe. Her style, smile, and poise always captivated me as a little girl. Her perfect curvy shape allowed her to be fabulous in anything she wore. 

What are your top five fashion must-haves?

Black Leather jacket, trench coat, black high waisted denim jeans, black booties, and a pair of classic diamond earrings. 

Were you always into fashion? If not, what created your love for it?

I’ve always been into fashion, but it didn’t become a passion of mine until I got to college. My maternal grandmother , Ivy Ralph O.D. (order of distinction) used to design and dress male diplomats around the world, and is the biggest fashion designer in the country of Jamaica. At the age of 86, she is still designing in her personal factory. I used to spend my summers in Jamaica and wake up every morning at 6am to sit and watch my grandmother cut fabrics and sew. Every since then, I loved fashion. 

What is one fun fact people don't know about you?

People don’t know that I am a dual citizen between the United States and France. 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

 In 5 years, I plan to have my Masters Degree, and I see myself as an on screen fashion correspondent. I also see my IvyCoco brand going global and expanding. I wish to start conducting private interviews with celebrities about their personal style and showing audiences that fashion isn’t just clothing, it’s personal style.  

Tell me about your proudest achievement?

I graduated college in 3 years. My mother also graduated college in 3 years, which motivated me to do it. It’s something that I take great pride in. 

How has traveling inspired your style?

Traveling always inspires my style because while I travel I get exposed to new cultures, trends, and people. Those are all the things while traveling that I feel expand my sense of personal style.

What would you say that is the greatest satisfaction of being a fashion blogger? 

When a follower or subscriber tells me that I have personally inspired them. I love talking with young girls and women of all ages, young or old, and to know that I have made an impact on someone is the best feeling. 

Who takes the majority of your photos?

Many photographers take my photos because I love meeting new photographers and creating chemistry and magic. My 4 favorites are John Carlo (ig @john.dionisio), Marcus Derricotte (ig @mderricotte),  Tayo KuKu (ig @tayojr) and Mick Reed (ig: @_soulfull). They are amazing millennials that really know how to execute. John is my flawless right hand man who just knows how to captivate the essence of my style and who I am through photography. Marcus is the editorial king, he makes me feel like the ultimate diva while shooting and he gives great direction. Tayo is laid-back creator that really has a sharp eye, when he has an idea he makes sure the vision comes true. Lastly, Mick is an awesome female photographer that can captivate viewers through any genre of photography. They are all quite talented. 

What would you say that is the biggest challenge about fashion blogging?

Making sure I stay consistent with myself. I have to remind myself to respond to every little email, take many photos , and post as much as possible. I have to stay on top of my collaborations with designers and companies because they put just as much work into me as I do to them. I am building my own personal brand that I know can inspire and change people’s perspective about personal style. It’s important that I stay on top of myself and continue to be positive. 

Keep up with Coco on Instagram @ivycoco23 & check out her blog

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