Eyewear: Linda Farrow
We love the accents on Levi Coltof’s Linda Farrow Luxe sunglasses: with python leather and a touch of 24kt gold, they were a spectacle in themselves.
We found out that this is just one of Levi’s 80 pairs of sunglasses, which comes in handy when working with bright lights as a commercial director.
We spotted “Stop It Right Now’s” Jayne Min in these Ray-Ban Clubmasters during New York Fashion Week, and it reminded us of why we like her (and her blog) so much. Jane’s got this cool-girl vibe that isn’t put-on or pretentious, while also managing to look like she just stepped out of a magazine editorial or Opening Ceremony catalogue.
Jayne was a street-style photographer’s dream in this much-coveted CÉLINE jacket, which she paired with the Ray-Bans, white Adidas sneakers and a classic black Saint Laurent Paris tote. The high-low mix had us intrigued and perhaps the sneakers served an ulterior purpose: rather than hop into a cab with the other fashion week “it” girls, Min walked to the next show – just like everyone else.
The womenswear presentation saw retro-looking sweaters, boxy tees and printed skirts in bold and contrasting patterns, with dark color blocking inspired by the youthfulness of ska bands and, in Simkhai’s words, “rebellion.” The inspiration extended to Grey Ant’s oversized eyewear, with a checkered pair of Grey Ant’s “Square” frames looking right at home on the tomboy-ish, “geek chic” models. Other models sported large, dark sunglasses, which went perfectly with the black-on-black look that’s so on-trend this season.
Simkhai is a member of the CFDA’s Incubator Program.
If you follow Adam Gallagher on his Lookbook or personal style blog, you’ll know that he’s not afraid to get creative when it comes to fashion. Playful style doesn’t have to mean over-the-top and Adam demonstrated this balance perfectly when we snapped him in New York.
Here, he lets his Spektre sunglasses be the focal point of his outfit, toning down the look with an H&M blazer and Kasil jeans. The blue ascot, bracelets and Coach portfolio add a nice finishing touch.
Menswear designers Rochambeau launched their fall/winter 2013 collection with a presentation at Milk Studios, featuring Illesteva sunglasses. The dark and moody collection was inspired by the Chauvet drawings — cave paintings that date back 40,000 years — and the vibe reflected that, with eerie lighting and pulsating beats filling the space alongside the models (many of whom were dancing along with the soundtrack).
The clothing ran the gamut from androgynous drop-crotch trousers and shearling capes, to printed leggings and hooded parkas, all in rich, burnt colors and deep military tones. Eyewear played a prominent role in the styling of the presentation, with designers Joshua Copper and Laurence Chandler accessorizing each look with Illesteva sunglasses. The rounded, sci-fi inspired frames were bold and tough, adding a futuristic element to the collection. They also served to punctuate the overall look, which was one of beautiful contrasts – at once mysterious and elegant, strong yet delicate, and something 40,000 years in the making and yet so undeniably 2013.
Eyewear: Warby Parker
David Beveridge is one of those Harry Rosen guys that gives off a laidback, nonchalant vibe about the way he dresses. Even though he’s put together, it doesn’t look like he’s trying that hard – a statement that can also be extended to his very cool but also very affordable Warby Parker glasses.
With the imminent launch of Steven Alan’s eyewear line this March, the designer showcased some of his autumnal styles at his fall/winter 2013 presentation at Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week.
The inspiration this season was the 60s, with actress Francoise Hardy serving as a muse for Alan’s womenswear. The clothing mixed Hardy’s tomboy-chic style with All-American classics (think blazers and slouchy blouses in suede and velvet) and the eyewear followed suit, with this rounded, olive green pair in particular, capturing our attention.
As for men, Alan unveiled relaxed, mod-inspired looks, while the eyewear reflected a more modern aesthetic, with the grey-tinged glasses seen on the models referencing the designer’s own signature clear plastic frames.
Alan has long been know for his ability to hone in on casual staples with a refined sensibility (his reverse-seam shirts occupy a permanent spot in our closets) and he’s been able to translate this aesthetic into a number of accessories, including scarves, bags and jewelry. Though he’s collaborated with companies like Warby Parker, Alan had yet to launch his own line of eyewear, until now. If the reception to his NYFW presentation is any indication, he shouldn’t have any trouble finding an audience.
Eyewear: Tom Ford
Tim Yan is a professional poker player, but his sleek Tom Ford glasses suggest he could do just as well in the business world or creative industry. There’s a pun here about “playing his cards right” but we’ll let you finish that thought…
We’re always excited to check out J.Crew’s presentation at New York Fashion Week, if not for the clothing, then for the impeccably-dressed journalists and bloggers in attendance, many sporting some incarnation of creative director Jenna Lyons’ signature dark-rimmed glasses.
This season, there was plenty to see, not only in J.Crew’s bold and vibrant offerings (think smart, rich-hued staples for men, and textured skirts, printed sweaters and standout coats-worn-as-capes – another Lyons signature – for women), but also in the eyewear.
Though J.Crew has yet to launch an in-house eyewear collection, they’ve stocked favorites like the Ray-Ban Clubmaster and Persol 0649 for men in the the past couple of years. They’ve also collaborated with the charming Paris-to-New York shop Selima Optique on a number of frames for women and kids.
For the FW13 presentation, models accessorized with glasses on a number of looks. While the men wore Moscot, the women wore sunglasses from uptown Manhattan boutique A.R. Trapp, and Cutler and Gross. While the glasses were just for styling purposes, we loved how they worked with the new collection: they served to ground the menswear looks in a strong, masculine direction, while adding just the right touch of whimsy to the womenswear.
Eyewear: Derek Cardigan
Writer and photographer Karolyne Ellacott is a free-spirit when it comes to fashion and it shows in these tortoiseshell frames from Vancouver-based designer, Derek Cardigan. Along with the bold lips and layered necklace, it’s clear to see Karolyne knows a thing or two about accessorizing not only for herself, but for our camera as well.