- Associated Press - Saturday, February 14, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Coco Rocha’s baby bump has caught up with the limelight and the proud supermodel mama couldn’t be happier.

The redheaded beauty was backstage Saturday at Christian Siriano’s New York Fashion Week show, posing for cameras and chatting about her spring arrival - a girl!

No names yet, but five or six are on the table.

“I hope that I’ll be the type that once I see her I’ll know, but I haven’t been able to hone down on one. It’s hard when you haven’t met a human being and then you think that’s going to be the name for the rest of her life,” said Rocha, dressed in a tight high-neck, black-and-white print Siriano dress - her bump on display.

“I’m not hiding. I’m so excited. It took a while for the bump to show so now that it’s showing it’s been fun,” a beaming Rocha said.

Siriano sent out an African jungle-inspired collection of florals and animal prints, including a muted tiger stripe cashmere coat, against a welcome backdrop of potted green foliage. He sweated out the snowy weather with a nervous smile after making contact with clients and buyers.

“It’s really hard. It’s snowing and it’s Valentine’s Day and it’s later, so it’s a challenge for people to get in,” he said of his afternoon show in an industrial space downtown, away from the hustle of the Lincoln Center tents.

Among his backstage guests were Brad Goreski, the celebrity stylist and fresh face with Kathy Griffin on “Fashion Police” as the E! show regroups after the passing of stalwart Joan Rivers. With Joan’s daughter Melissa Rivers still behind the camera, how is he settling in?

“Everyone’s been so welcoming,” Goreski said. “We’re having the best time and, you know, Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana (Rancic) and Kathy and myself are just getting naughtier and naughtier as the weeks go on.”

So who does he have his eye on to shine at the Academy Awards?

“I have very high hopes for Emma Stone. She’s been my favorite this year so far at every awards show and I feel like the Oscars are going to be no exception.”

As for our trip to Africa via Siriano’s runway, he’s never been to the continent but was inspired by his dreams of traveling to Congo one day. He sent out an off-the-shoulder ball gown with fluttery floral applique in wine-colored taffeta and used solid black velvet with a sleek panther sheen in a wide-leg pant, sheath dress and side-slit tunic. All could work for the variety of age groups he dresses.

From 20-year-olds to 80-year-olds, Siriano embraces all shapes and sizes.

“That was just how I grew up,” he said. “My mom was always a little bit more voluptuous and my sister was really super-super skinny and she’s a ballet dancer, so I liked to dress them both. I think that had an influence on me my whole life.”


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