Eyewear: Vint & York
Here’s an eyewear story that’s made for the digital age: man spots glasses on online retailer; solicits opinions on Snapchat; goes back to buy the perfect pair to Instagram!
Lukas Effman is the lead singer of New York-based band, East Love. He spotted these Vint & York “Swinger” sunglasses last year in black, but wasn’t sold on the colour. He sent out a Snapchat to 100 friends and received mixed reviews, so he decided not to buy them. Fast forward to this year, when Lukas’ girlfriend convinced him to take a second look at the round, wire-rimmed frames – this time in a brown, faux leather trim. Lukas loved the vintage, 20s-inspired style and the new colourway, and snapped them up right away. And with Vint & York offering most styles for under $129, the decision was a no-brainer. Now, the only decision left is which filter to use before Lukas posts a spectacled-selfie on Instagram!
We snapped Tatiana wearing this year’s most popular pair of shades: the ultra-coveted Dior So Real sunglasses, which have been dubbed a “street style sensation.” First spotted at Dior’s Summer 2014 show, the reflective sunnies quickly gained “A-list” status when Rihanna took home a pair. She later sported the “So Real” shades in her Dior “Secret Garden” campaign.
Notable for its pantos shape and lack of a traditional nose bridge, the sunglasses mix architectural design with a fashion-forward flair. Made from acetate and metal, the frames look strong and delicate at the same time. Flash mirror lenses complete the superstar look.
Eyewear: Oliver Peoples
We photographed actress Casey LaBow at Governor’s Ball in New York, wearing these vintage Oliver Peoples sunglasses. Part of Oliver Peoples’ “Linus” collection, this frame is notable for its unique bridge, which reminded Casey of an old movie theatre curtain. As an actress, that quirky design touch “spoke to her” and made her fall in love with these glasses immediately!
Made in Japan, these frames are hand-crafted from antique gold alloy, with dark green lenses that almost appear black from certain angles. The original frame was part of Oliver Peoples’ extensive archive of vintage glasses, which founder Larry Leight has been collecting and amassing for decades.
Eyewear: Warby Parker
Evan liked the gold and tortoiseshell mix on these aviator sunglasses, which he calls his “go-to frames.” And why not? The classic aviator shape fits almost any face shape, and flatters any look, whether casual or professional. Evan’s pair has a slightly oversized lens shape, that almost appears rectangular from certain angles. They add structure to the face, while the built-in nose pads help the frames rest comfortably away from the eyes and stay well-balanced at the bridge of the nose. (Note: If your eyelashes are touching the lenses, your glasses are sitting too tight on your face!) Unlike some titanium frames, Evan’s pair is thick and weighty enough to handle his custom prescription lenses. The brown gradient tint is classy and understated.