In anticipation of the upcoming Best of Miami issue hitting newsstands June 16, here is a sneak peek at one category and its winner.
A model turned designer isn't exactly a new phenomenon. But when 21-year-old Anna Mixon started designing jewelry as a way to remain fashionable while earning a beginner model's wage, the hobby seemed unlikely to turn into a business. However, after Paramore frontwoman Haley Williams wore one of Mixon's pieces to the MTV Video Music Awards, the hand-crafted jewelry -- Mixon by Anna Mixon -- quickly gained a clientele looking for highly braggable, one-of-a-kind pieces. Mixon doesn't plan on slowing down either. Her signature swooping chains and gunmetal finish have complemented the designs of KRELwear and Nicole Miller and were the highlight of Fashion Week New Orleans this past March. Pieces, which run from a couple hundred dollars into the thousands, are available at Lace Nail & Beauty Lab in Miami Beach, or custom orders can be placed at annamixon.com.