Doll Eyes: A Pastel Orgy of Devilish Daydreams and Cotton Candy Fantasies

Doll Eyes is a pastel orgy of razor-edged girly glamour masterminded by designers Stella Rose St. Clair and Elena Kanagy-Loux. The duo debut a new collection on the eve before Easter at the Vector Gallery, and Slutist got a sneak peak into their candy floss fantasies and devilish daydreams…

What was the impetus for Doll Eyes, how did the project begin?

Stella Rose: I always knew Elena and I were going to start collaborating on fashion projects. After our Valentines Day presentation we knew that with infinite time we’d be capable of so much more. We both come from similar places in life and have similar influences, which makes us a really great team.

Elena: Doll Eyes formed very organically for us while we were working on putting together a Valentine’s Day fashion show for Dances of Vice. Basically we just kept coming up with more and more over the top ideas until we realized we had to keep going with the project! Doll Eyes is all of our similarly fluffy & glittery dreams realized.

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Who and what are your aesthetic inspirations?

Stella Rose: Anything and everything cute and angry. Baby animals, loud music, hollywood glamour, and girl power. We are adorable to a threatening degree.

Elena: We were both really into Japanese Lolita fashion in our teens and early 20s, so that has sort of permanently seeped into our aesthetic. The girly punk of Riot Grrl is also a huge influence from our youths that continues to inspire us and give Doll Eyes some edge. Basically, we’re basically really into hyper-saccharine girl culture, but with an edge.

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Since we’re a feminist site, we have to ask, do either of your ladies identify with the F word?

Stella Rose: While I agree with many of the ideas behind feminism, I myself prefer to reject all “isms” and opinionated identities because I feel they promote a negative attitude and close-mindedness. Humans love to find sneaky ways to exert power over one another. By rejecting identities like feminism I feel I am able to keep an open mind not only to feminist ideas, but to countering opinions as well.

Elena: I definitely do. Of course, no single label is broad enough to perfectly capture such a huge range of meaning, and there are many feminists I disagree with. But I am passionate about the issues so the term is still important to me.

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How do you view the connection between style and substance, fashion and feminism?

Stella Rose: Emma Dumont once told me that she views her lipstick as girl armor. A key part of getting suited up to take on the day and fight your battles. I think of fashion like that in general. Girl clothing is girl armor. In the world of Doll Eyes, we fight our battles and we take on life in rainbow shades of vinyl and saccharine headpieces. You either get it or you you don’t.

Elena: In my early teens I was conflicted by the divide I felt between fashion and feminism – it seemed like in order to be feminist you couldn’t wear lipstick or pink dresses. I even remember a very butch-dressing woman once coming up to me in my full-on frilly Lolita and telling me “you don’t have to dress like that! It’s just men forcing you to be girly!” That was hilarious to me because I find the idea that women have to dress like men in order to achieve equality to be oppressive. For me feminism and feminine fashion can absolutely be joined harmoniously.

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What can attendees expect from this Saturday’s Easter event?

Stella Rose: Free candy, suggested nudity, glitter, fuzzy feelings, and Satan.

Elena: I think Stella summed it up perfectly! Fluff, pastels, glitter, and a level of cuteness that is almost evil and a little nauseating. It’s our simultaneous celebration of and twist on the commerciality of Easter.

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When not working on Doll Eyes, where can we find you?

Stella Rose: You can find me at itsstellarose.com

Elena: Mostly studying and building my portfolio for now! With more to come soon.