“I’m beautiful with Kenzo,” is what Florian told us, when we spotted him steps from the Sacré Cœur in Montmartre in these frames. We would have to agree. The server and artist looked great in these oval, acetate specs from the venerable Japanese label. We love the two alternating shades of brown in these frames, and the subtle pin detailing on the temples. These glasses also demonstrate the importance of fit: notice the way the bridge fits perfectly over Florian’s nose, and how the arms curve gently around the ears. The frames also rest on Florian’s cheek, as opposed to being pushed up too tight in front of his eyes. When looking for a good pair of glasses, remember that the way they fit your face will make just as big of an impact as the way they are designed. For Florian’s overall look, these Kenzo frames work on all levels.
Eyewear: Selima Optique
We spotted The Spectacled alum and CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) CEO Steven Kolb in Paris, wearing his newest pair of frames from Selima Optique. Steven met us at the CFDA’s “Americans in Paris” showroom, a stone’s throw from the Jardin des Tuileries.
Steven’s history with Selima Optique goes back to his start in fashion. When Steven started at the CFDA in 2006, he was wearing a pair of inexpensive glasses that he had purchased on Canal Street. Selima Salaun of Selima Optique gave Steven his first pair of “designer” glasses, as he needed frames that suited his new job in fashion. Nearly 100 pairs later, he is back wearing Selima with these new frames.
Eyewear: Carolina Herrera
The Louvre was the perfect backdrop to photograph Corinna and her cool Carolina Herrera sunglasses. Corinna was visiting Paris from Frankfurt, and was searching for flat top sunglasses when she found these thick, square-shaped frames instead. Made in Italy from a shiny black resin, the frames butterfly out at the nose, and feature a signature gold “H” metal logo on the temples.
The wide shape of these glasses do wonders for oval and round faces, adding angles that help to slim the cheeks and to define a jawline. Corinna found that most frames were too skinny for her face and that these fit her the best. Paired with her leather jacket, ripped jeans and boots, this is a black-on-black look that flatters from every angle!
Eyewear: Saint Laurent
We spottetd Davy as he was leaving the gym in Antwerp in these Saint Laurent sunglasses. Recently named one of the “Most Stylish Belgians” by Trends Style magazine, Davy told us he’s always on the lookout for new frames and he’s been a big fan of Saint Laurent since Hedi Slimane took over. These bold, acetate shades are handmade in Italy, and feature a blocky, square-style shape. Davy likes simple styling and chose this pair in a matte black, with brown, gradient lenses. Subtle pin detailing adorns the temples, and the Saint Laurent name is printed in all caps on the side. Davy paired the sunglasses with a streetwear-inspired look on this day, though they would look equally as chic for a fashionable, black-tie night on the town as well.
Eyewear: Linda Farrow
We photographed Maja outside the Dries Van Noten spring/summer ’15 show in Paris, and loved the way she capped off her outfit with these oversized Linda Farrow 203 sunglasses. Oversized yet slim in profile, the acetate frames are made in Japan and feature a rounded lens shape that curves into a subtle cat-eye. Maja liked that these frames were light, and that they sat comfortably on her nose (thanks to the laminated nose pads). The temples are the ultimate in luxury, wrapped in elegant, textured snakeskin, and treated with a navy dye, while 22-carat, gold-plated studs add refinement. The glasses are finished with the Linda Farrow logo, printed in signature white on the inverted side of the temple.