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When you’re in the optometry and optical business, there are two things that you just develop an innate awareness for: People’s eyes and the eyeglasses and sunglasses they put over them.
It becomes almost like a second sense, and after a while you begin to take note of cool eyewear on other people in the same way that Carrie Bradshaw would notice a great pair of Manolos.
While celebrities practically live in their sunglasses, it’s rarer to see them sporting eyeglasses. Jennifer Garner has been known to wear eyeglasses (specifically a pair of Chrome Hearts), but we tend to see fewer eyeglasses on celebrities than we see sunglasses.
But we can now add Johnny Depp to the list of actors embracing great eyewear and doing it in public. A spat of photo ops, magazine spreads and tabloid covers over the past few months have captured People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in a pair of roundish, tortoise-shell specs.
At first, I thought they may have been Tom Ford frames, since Depp is known to own a few pairs of Tom Ford sunglasses. TF has a line of bold acetate frames with a similar shape to the eyeglass frames Depp has been seen in. But the shape, etching and details were different from the Tom Ford’s we stock in the store.
So this weekend we set out to identify the mysterious Johnny Depp eyeglass frames and with the help of Google and a high-resolution photo of Depp in his eyeglasses, we think we have a positive identification.
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We’re seeing five trends in fashion this fall that we think are going to be shaping choices in both eyewear and clothing and accessories through fall and winter.
From big shoulders, to animal prints and Twenties- inspired glamour, the runways this season served up a decidedly eclectic fusion of past, present and future.
First, men’s-inspired shapes made a return, including built-up shoulders, tuxedo jackets and narrow fitting blazers.
While we saw early signs of an ’80s revival as far back as 2008 with the resurgence of Ray-Bans and Wayfarers, the presence of so much ’80s-inspired clothing on runways this fall suggests that the decade that brought us “Wall Street”, Madonna and Tom Cruise singing in his underwear in a pair of Ray-Bans has clearly weaved its way into this season’s styles.
For those of you who have been waiting two decades for the return of the 80’s “power suit”, 2009/2010 might finally be the year.
Big, padded shoulders have returned, as well as oversized buttons balanced with long flowing silk scarves. On eBay we’re seeing vintage ’80s suits from the likes of Dior and YSL get snapped up, so it seems this is one fashion trend that has some legs.
For men, it’s a continuation of some of last year’s ’80s inspired clothing, including the return of solid or striped shirt with white collar, popularized by Michael Douglas’ Gorden Gecko in the 1987 movie Wall Street. Can suspenders be far behind?
In terms of matching the “Girl Meets Boy” look with eyewear, you’ll do best to choose a frame with strong geometric shapes and a heavier, more robust materials.
Keep the overt bling to a minimum on these frames, and instead opt for something that incorporates more subtle, integrated embellishments like small crystals, polished metals or unusual textures into the temples.
Pulling off the “Girl Meets Boy” look demands bold, power-eyewear that is balanced with softer, feminine touches. We like Ray-Ban Wayfarers with this look as well, since they are the quintessential ’80s eyewear.
For men, pair that solid or striped shirt with the white collar with a pair of classic round Oliver People’s eyeglass frames in gold or silver metals, or a Prada men’s aviator sunglass like the Prada PR 65HS in silver.
Or, depending on your facial structure, we love the bold sophistication of the Tom Ford men’s frame.
We love deliveries at Urban Optiques — especially big, brown boxes from the UPS guy filled with box-upon-box of new eyeglass frames and sunglasses. We get even more excited when the box is filled with a new designer eyewear line that we haven’t previously carried.
So when we received our first shipment of Lavin-Paris eyeglasses and sunglasses this week, the office was filled with “ohhs” and “ahhs” as we unwrapped each these chic, sophisticated frames (and yes, we typically try on each of them while we do it.)
Previously unavailable in the United States, getting your hands on a pair of Lanvin eyeglasses or sunglasses meant either jumping a jet to Paris, or calling up that long-lost French pen-pal from grade school and having them ship you a pair.
Luckily, Lanvin-Paris struck a international distribution deal, so this high-quality, very fashionable eyewear line is now available in the U.S. As soon as we had an opportunity to add Lanvin to our designer collection, we did. From our market research, Urban Optiques is one of the few Metro-Detroit eyewear boutiques to carry Lanvin-Paris eyewear.
Fashionistas will already be familiar with the Lanvin-Paris label.
What we love about this vid is its gritty, documentary feel — it’s deliberately unpolished and it works.
There is no doubt that its “MySpace” voyeuristic vibe visually makes the video interesting … but what really amps it up is the choice of music that accompanies Poppy Delevingne and Isabelle McNally in this video: We can’t get enough of Islands “Switch On” music. This song is completely infectious and it totally captures the whole N.Y.C. vibe perfectly.
The Badgley Mischka line of couture eyewear occupies a special place in The Visionista’s heart.
While their eyewear line doesn’t generate the buzz of a Chanel or Tom Ford, it really should.
In my opinion, it’s one of the best kept eyewear secrets out there: Badgley Mischka’s eyewear is glamorous and beautifully-constructed and they definitely get “seen.”
Plus, they travel well — I’m currently wearing a gorgeous pair of Badgley Mischka “Marilyn” in pearl (with tiny little, subtle crystals along the temples) and they look amazing with everything from jeans to a well-tailored skirt-suit. I get tons of compliments whenever I have them on.
Which brings me to today’s “Designer Sunglass of the Week”: The Badgley Mischka “Dorothy.”
Hot on the heels of the new Urban Optiques website launch and Facebook Fan Page, we’re following up now with Urban Optiques on Twitter.
For those you you who may not be familiar with Twitter, Twitter is a website that allows you to share short messages with “followers” — usually friends, family or people who have shared interests with you. Think of it as instant messaging meets text messaging meets blogging. Not sure if that helps any, but the best way to understand it is just to set up a free Twitter account.
So why would you want to follow us on Twitter?
Well, we use Twitter to connect together a lot of the the things we are doing around Urban Optiques, in the community and on our website. We also are planning on using it to keep people up-to-date when we get new frames, spot a cool sunglass, or are running a promotion at Urban Optiques. We’re even kicking around some special “Twitter-Follower-Only” promotions in the coming months.
If you already are on Twitter, following us is easy. Just go to: www.twitter.com/urbanoptiques and follow us. If you don’t have a Twitter account it takes less than 60 seconds to register and then follow us. Best of all, it’s free.
While you’re there, check out the cool custom Twitter background we put together for Urban Optiques. We’re still working on it, but it’s a pretty good start. As always, feeback is adored, so let us know what you think.