August 21 2014

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On Our Radar: Coco and Breezy


Coco & Breezy

Identical twins Corianna and Brianna Dotson, or “Coco” and “Breezy,” respectively, make up the duo behind their namesake eyewear label, Coco and Breezy. Equal parts edgy and fun with a hint of youthful irreverence, it’s perhaps no surprise that their singular shades (particularly the hand-studded ones) are coveted by stars like Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, and Kelly Osbourne.

Now based in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the designers grew up in the suburbs of Apple Valley, Minnesota, working two jobs each at the Mall of America. “Our parents allowed us to be very expressive with our clothes, and we got a lot of stares for it,” Brianna tells “People would make fun of us, so we would hide behind sunglasses—they gave us a level of confidence that we never had.” The pair slowly but surely began to produce their own range of aplomb-inducing shades, and after a trip to New York in 2009, they knew the Big Apple was the right place for their operation.

Under the mentorship of eyewear expert Selima Salaun, the sisters have steadily grown their business. And their glasses—all of which are designed, developed, and produced in-house—have already been picked up by retailers like Oak and Patricia Field, among others.

Dubbed Translucent Creatures, their Spring ’14 range was inspired by the architectural landscape of NYC. “We’re artists first,” Corianna says, “so we love to take our life experiences and surrounding environments as inspiration; we don’t look at fashion.” Next season, the girls plan to incorporate their artwork onto the insides of their frames, and launch men’s styles. Down the line, they’re hoping to expand into optical glasses. But no matter how their business fares, they’re just happy to have come this far. As Brianna puts it, “It’s beautiful to know that we turned our insecurities and being bullied into a positive thing.”

Photos: Courtesy of Coco & Breezy

Australia Fashion Week Comes to a Close


Australia fashion week wrapped in Sydney today, and’s special projects editor, Maya Singer, has been reporting back on the most exciting shows. To view our complete Australia fashion week coverage, click here.

Day 5:
Fashion week in Sydney concluded this afternoon with a show by Zambesi (left), one of the major brands from New Zealand. Even if you hadn’t known that Zambesi was based in Auckland, the clothes on the runway made it altogether clear that a non-Australian sensibility was at work. To put it plainly, Zambesi designers Elisabeth Findlay and Dayne Johnston have an affection for the eccentric and borderline frumpy that the local Sydney designers do not share at all. The men’s looks, designed by Johnston, were relatively straightforward—vaguely thuggish tailoring, plus the odd flourish like a pair of tailored wool shortalls. The womenswear, from Findlay, had a bit more range, with crispy and rather clinical white looks ebbing into more challenging pieces, such as long narrow dresses covered with fringe tassels. For both sexes, the sharpest looks were the ones in a tartan organza; very on-trend, that.

Zambesi aren’t the only carpetbaggers on the Australian fashion scene. Jewelry designer Estelle Dévé hails from the South of France, originally, but her brand is based in Melbourne, and in the five years since she launched, it has emerged as something of a cult phenomenon. Dévé’s signature pieces are plated rings with a rough-hewn look; this season, she’s elevated her aesthetic quite a bit, drawing on her French heritage for a bit of soigné, and sourcing influence from the surrealists. Standout pieces in the new collection include statement necklaces with egg-shaped crystal pendants half-covered in a dissolving layer of silver.

Dévé adapted several pieces from the new collection for a capsule range of bracelets and necklaces made in collaboration with Camilla and Marc (left). Those pieces were on the Camilla and Marc catwalk at the very start of Australian Fashion Week; so too was the jewelry work of Ryan Storer, whose dangerous-looking ear pieces adorned all the models at the show. Storey’s brand is ultra-new”—his very small debut collection is shipping to stores now, with a selection of the ear pieces due to arrive at Browns in London at any moment.

Photo: Matt Jelonek/ Getty Images (Zambesi); Courtesy of Estelle Dévé and Camilla and Marc

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The Road To Bonnaroo: Alejandra Deheza


Bonnaroo, one of the summer’s hottest music festivals (literally), takes place this weekend in Manchester, Tennessee. Year after year, the fest hosts some of the best artists around, everyone from Lil Wayne and Eminem to Florence + the Machine to The Strokes (and that’s just this year). As they head down south, checked in with a few of our favorite artists to see what they’re packing to beat the heat in style.

Karen Elson is bringing her Nashville twang to Bonnaroo. School of Seven Bells‘ Alejandra Deheza, a fellow first-timer at the festival, is bringing her dreamy Brooklyn pop sounds—and plenty of dark clothes. “It’s pretty much all black,” Deheza says of her onstage style. “When I was a kid, I was really into goth, so it’s probably my inner goth coming out.”

School of Seven Bells first won acclaim for their 2008 debut, Alpinisms. Now holed up in a Williamsburg recording studio working on their upcoming, “more dance-y” third album, Deheza and guitarist Benjamin Curtis are taking some time off to tour (and, if they’re lucky, see a fellow festival act or two). “I have never been to Bonnaroo, not as a fan or performer,” Deheza tells “I really want to see Lil Wayne—I have never seen a spectacle like that before.” Here’s what she’s planning to bring with her to the spectacle:

A black poncho from NYC’s Oak. “One thing I always wear is this black hoodie poncho from Oak. It has a really long tube for a hood and you look really witchy wearing it.” (Above: Oak Baja funnel neck poncho, $88, available at

Quay Eyeware Australia sunglasses. “We are playing at night, so the sun won’t be so bad. But if I need them, I will wear these Quay gold-frame sunglasses—they’re my favorite. I picked these up at Oak, too. Do you see a theme here? It’s this perfect one-stop place.” (Above: For more information, visit

Nom and Ada leather creeper mocs. “I picked up these shoes for the summer; the designers live in Portland, and they are fans of our music. They are leather and really comfortable. They kind of look like little girls’ shoes.” (Above: For more information, visit

Vintage copper bracelets. “I wear a lot of vintage copper bracelets. Copper always looks great in the summer. I like to get them from Malin Landaeus, a vintage store on Bedford Avenue—they have so many good ones to choose from.” (For store hours and location, visit

Photos: Abbey Drucker/Courtesy of School of Seven Bells (portrait); (poncho); (sunglasses); (shoes)