Most stylish New Yorkers: Kerin Rose

The eyewear designer invents bedouin glam. By Sharon Steel

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    The specs-obsessed designer models one of her favorite winter looks, incorporating a ton of layering, topped with a shearling coat from Topshop (478 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts; 212-966-9555, topshop.com). "This is the quintessential glamorous, gypsy-punk ensemble," Rose says.

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    Rose's father is from Israel, and the hamsa (hand) symbol---as shown on this silver-and-turquoise necklace---has been present in her life from birth. The gold nameplate reads "Kerin Rose" in Hebrew script; Rose had it made for her in Jerusalem for herself. "You can make a sweatsuit look glamorous with a giant chandelier around your neck," Rose says of the bright orange costume piece covering her clavicle.

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    These sparkly red shades are from Rose's eyewear line, a-morir---they're one of the first designs she created.

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    "I buy all my costume jewelry in the garment district," says Rose of these evil-eye--and-pyramid--studded bracelets. "These pieces embody my love for glitter and the Middle East."

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    Rose purchased her hamsa pendant at a wholesale store. "I don't come from a very religious family, but I find the hamsa to be a very comforting and beautiful symbol," she explains. "It's a superstitious defense against the evil eye that's becoming increasingly visible in mainstream culture."

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    After her business got off the ground, Rose went in for these Razzle Dazzle finger tattoos. "I work with my hands, and if you know me, they just make sense," she explains. The huge turquoise ring was purchased from bedouins in Israel; Rose wears it every day. "I feel naked without it!"

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    DSquared heels, Alexander McQueen leggings plucked from a sample sale and a jewel-encrusted Tom Tom vest comprise this eclectic, rocker-chic look.

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    Rose shows off two other hamsa necklaces, and another black rhinestone costume piece purchased from the garment district.

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    Aluminum spike gloves that Rose designed add a gothic edge to her wintry look. "They're also super fun to wear when weight-lifting at the gym!" Rose says with a laugh.

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    A pair of DSquared high heels pulls the ensemble together; Rose received them as a gift.

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    Rose commissioned this embellished vest from Tom Tom, a personal friend---she purchased the patches and he placed them on the jacket, which he hand-dyed, bleached and sewed. "The Miss Piggy patch is something I purchased in Disney World on a choir trip when I was 16," Rose explains. "Tom Tom gave Piggy my barracuda glasses, made famous by Rihanna in the 'Run This Town' video."

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    "There's something mysterious and carefree about full-length skirts," Rose says. Her "do you" top is by streetwear line Princess of the Posse (princessoftheposse.bigcartel.com).

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    "When you live in New York City, and don't have the safety of looking ugly alone in your car, I think it's important for everybody to have something they can throw on to upgrade any outfit," says Rose of her baubles. "Throw on a gigantic chandelier necklace and you automatically look classier---or crazier."

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    These black, glinting specs ("the Rhonda") are from her new collection, out this month.

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    Rose's scarf collection was mainly culled from pieces she inherited from her grandmother. She turns this necktie into a headwrap to keep her hair out of her face while working.

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    "I've been wearing stripper heels as day shoes since I was in college," Rose says. "I could never find black pumps that I liked, but these are comfortable and affordable. Pair them with jeans, a T-shirt and a motorcycle jacket and you're good to go!"

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The specs-obsessed designer models one of her favorite winter looks, incorporating a ton of layering, topped with a shearling coat from Topshop (478 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts; 212-966-9555, topshop.com). "This is the quintessential glamorous, gypsy-punk ensemble," Rose says.

Kerin Rose, 27; eyewear designer (a-morir.com); Gramercy

Her personal style: "I'd call it a finely curated blend of punk, bedouin and glam."

Her inspirations: "Subcultural uniforms, the art of the ensemble, the physicality of garments, and combining color and patterns."

Favorite stores: "When you work in fashion, you make friends in fashion. I have some great friends with independent vintage businesses and clothing lines, so I buy from them as much as possible. It means a lot to me, as an independently financed business owner, that I can spend money on my hardworking friends' businesses. Silver Lining Opticians (92 Thompson St between Prince and Spring Sts; 212-274-9191, silverliningopticians.com) is my home away from home; they have Persols you'll never see anywhere else. And No Relation Vintage (204 First Ave between 12th and 13th Sts; 212-228-5201, norelationvintage.com) has the lowest prices on vintage clothing anywhere. You can't beat a leather jacket for $50."

Her signature item: "I'd say either my eyewear or, for the last three years, my red hair."

Favorite designers: "Tom Tom (tomtomfashions.com) made the shredded shirt and custom vest for me; he's also made outfits for Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj. I met Amanda of Assad Mounser at a photo shoot for Rihanna, and fell in love with her and her brilliant jewelry (assadmounser.com). Plus the Blonds, Grey Ant, Victor Osborne, Gabriel Schuldiner and Alexis Bittar."

How her style has evolved through the years: "According to my parents, I've had my own style since I was seven or eight years old. It's matured, and since becoming my own boss a few years ago I've also gained a lot more freedom. I'm not going to get fired for dressing inappropriately anymore!"

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