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September 2016

Up & Coming Fashion Designer Lines with a Sexy Edge: Carmelita Couture and Coco & Breez

By Katrina Caspelich

New Women’s Fashion Designer with a Flirty Flair:
Carmelita Martell of Carmelita Couture

From ballroom dance teacher to financial advisor, Carmelita Martell seems intent on having 9 career lives. Her most recent—launching her designer clothing brand Carmelita Couture—fulfills her childhood clothing-designer dream. So, maybe she’ll stop short of all 9?! Carmelita Couture is full of funky, flattering pieces that highlight a woman’s silhouette. “I design for women who want something a bit more runway and want to be the talk of the party,” Carmelita explains. “I think it’s great for women to be sensual and sexy.”

She’s already got an extensive celebrity clientele who agree, including Olivia Munn, Paula Abdul, and Katerina Graham. When not dressing celebrities, this 35-year-old Detroit native spends much of her time promoting her recently opened flagship store in Philadelphia. Downtime means her 2-year-old son, 2 cats, a dog, the gym, traveling, and friends and family.

Carmelita’s must-have fashion items? Rompers and 1-piece outfits for simplicity and comfort, plus a really fun party dress. And her designer fashion line is full of that and more, ranging from $125 to $600 and sold on her site and in various designer clothing boutiques around the U.S., as well as Tokyo, Bermuda, Australia, and India.

Fun fact about Carmelita: She was national champion in judo at age 12.
Buy Carmelita Couture Isabella Dress, $365, at shopcarmelita.com

Statement Sunglasses from Coco & Breezy by Corianna and Brianna Dotson
Identical twins Corianna and Brianna always loved standing out from the crowd, rocking unique outfits in hometown Minneapolis. Now, using their nicknames Coco and Breezy, this sister duo has launched the Coco & Breezy brand with designer sunglasses and fashion accessories, which is causing quite a stir in the fashion industry.

Inspired by different metals, shapes, and innovative styles, Coco and Breezy aim to create wearable art. This is a collection perfect for men and women unafraid of pushing the fashion envelope or stepping out of the box. Fans include Ashanti, Kelly Osbourne, and Ciara, and the twins are hoping to bag the mother of all celebrity sunglass-wearers—Lady Gaga—as their next client.

Now based in New York, Coco and Breezy have launched their second collection of designer sunglasses, and a good thing, too, since the twins personally love wearing their line—they don’t like showing their eyes. What they do love? Eating and trying new foods, traveling, exploring New York City, and working on their sunglass collection, which retails for $60 to $220 and is available at Selima Optique in Soho and online.

Fun fact about Coco and Breezy: They are shy about approaching people.
Buy Coco & Breezy Egyptian Sunglasses, $220, at cocoandbreezy.com

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