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Are Birkenstocks cool? How they made it from slacker to staple for the second spring in a row


Are Birkenstocks cool

Left: Birkenstocks on the Celine Spring 2013 Runway. Middle: Kate Moss in the Face via The Blow. Right: Opening Ceremony’s Spring 2014 Magritte Birkenstocks.

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We can credit the genius of Phoebe Philo for bringing back the Birkenstock out of grandpa’s closet and onto our must-have shopping lists for spring. Céline’s fuzzy, fur-lined sandal kicked off the third coming of the comfort shoe legend last year. After a year in the spotlight, Birkenstocks have returned for a second year with practically every hip label, from Givenchy to Zara, has some sort of a version just waiting to make you look orthopedic.

When it was introduced to North America in 1973, Birkenstock’s two-strap “Arizona” men’s sandal was the antithesis of the decade’s bare chested machismo ideal. It didn’t take long to be adopted with outdoorsy types, becoming a go-to for camping and campus-ing alike.

Its launch, however, didn’t inspire the fashion crowd until the now-infamous 1990 The Face editorial, featuring teenage Kate Moss, shot by the late Corrine Day, wearing rolled up jeans with white Birkenstocks, and not much else.

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5 questions with Coco Rocha: We meet up with the Canadian supermodel at Banana Republic’s latest Mad Men launch in LA


Banana Republic Mad Men Spring 2013

Coco Rocha and Janie Bryant courtesy of Banana Republic

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On Tuesday, Banana Republic’s latest Mad Men collaboration (available online now!) was launched at The Grove in sunny Los Angeles. Canadian supermodel Coca Rocha, who starred in the collection’s latest campaign, was on hand to chat and offer her take on the line at the Banana Republic “Mod Pod,” a repurposed glammed up trailer that was set up on the lawn and offering complimentary hair and makeup touchups (and a mini bottle of champagne!) to attendees. Guests previewed the line, which is comprised of classic silhouettes with modern accents, bright and beautifully patterned dresses, and an assortment of fun accessories.

Event goers were lucky enough to take home a piece from the collection, and I chose a very Megan Draper-esque shift dress with oversized pinstripes and a cut out at the back. FASHION also had the chance to chance to chat with Rocha and hear her thoughts on the line, what she misses most about Canada, and being a role model:
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Coco Rocha’s FASHION Magazine cover shoot: See the photos, go behind-the-scenes and read our interview


Coco Rocha FASHION Magazine Cover Shoot

Photographed by Gabor Jurina. Styled by Zeina Esmail. Hair and makeup by Greg Wencel from Manicure by Leanne Colley for Fashion assistant, Eliza Grossman.

Canada’s most expressive supermodel on following her convictions, her new job with Naomi Campbell and her thoughts on motherhood.

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