When I think of the upper east side of New York I think classy and expensive living. Beautiful brownstone townhouses with elaborately carved staircases, lining streets adjacent to Central Park. Richness and high brow standards of style and living. On a sunny spring afternoon I took a stroll along the streets that flank Central Park West and it proved the perfect backdrop to showcase the opulence of the Spring/Summer Derek Lam sunglasses by Modo Eyewear.
I have always thought of eyewear as a piece of jewelry, Derek Lam has further proven with his latest collection that you deserve eyewear made only from the finest materials. He is known in the fashion world for creating luxury products with modern sensibility, with calculated design simplicity and thoughtful detailing. In his spring/summer 2019 collection of eyewear, Derek Lam has created “A reinvention of American codes”. Classic round eyewear silhouettes from the 1970’s, exaggerated, over sized and round. The ultimate luxury indulgence, 18K gold frames outfitted with coordinated gradient sun colored lenses.
The focus is on luxury materials. The 18K gold collection is artfully designed to be the frame that you will have in your collection for decades. Like a simple gold bracelet that you can wear with anything, in any mood, any decade, at any age. And if 18K gold isn’t lux enough, Derek Lam has accented the frames in the collection with leather wrapped temples and some with fully leather wrapped eyewire rims. These frames are thoughtfully designed in styles that are unisex and transcend age and EyeStyle.
The SALMA embraces a bold 70’s round shape with a mid-line metal frame design. Clean lines around the frame front and a minimal temple design is accented only by a genuine leather wrap accent. The sunglasses have tone-light gradient lenses, sheer enough to wear indoors. And what is more glamorous than being too posh to take your sunglasses off inside.
The holidays are a time of year where I often find myself seeking the warm embrace of nostalgia. When December hits I am all about Christmas traditions and the spirit of classic things that I love to experience year after year. I always look forward to taking out the Christmas decorations and trimming the tree. It seems to inspires everything from what I bake (shortbread cookies from my nana’s recipe) to how I dress (a red dress with a bow, yes please!). This year that feeling crept into my EyeStyle, leading me to seek a classic black cats eye frame that was a perfect compliment to all the fashions of the season.
Surprising as it is, I did not have a black plastic cats eye frame in my collection!
If I had a signature frame shape it would surely be it. I love a cats eye for it’s feminine, uplifting and sexy shape. I have it in many colors and materials, but I had overlooked it in a traditional, glossy black acetate.
The Andy Wolf 5060 caught my eye and I could no longer go without this classic shape and color combination in my eyeglass wardrobe. Handcrafted, in a traditional and timeless silhouette. A pair of glasses that I will no doubt wear frequently and have in my collection for years to come.
Now I meet ladies everyday that are dead set against a cats eye frame, and if you have this thought then this is the frame to change your mind. It is not too “wingy”, it actually has a slightly straighter browline, but the bridge dip and thoughtful edge angle give lift and defines the wearers cheekbone (and who wouldn’t want to enhance their cheekbones).
This classic cats eye frame is one that I paired with some of my favorite holidays looks. I found it to match perfectly with so many EyeStyle inspired outfits. This year I decided not to match my black glasses, and now I think a bright red dress is a better holiday staple than a little black dress. This dress from Zara was easy to dress up or dress down. For work I paired it with solid opaque tights and a chunky heeled lace up boots by Steve Madden. These boots have a great tread for winter weather and they give me a nostalgic feeling with their 90’s vibes. I consider them my grown up Doc Martin boots. For holiday parties and dinners, I combined the dress and patterned tights with a classic black pump. Regardless if it was a fancy affair or just a Tuesday at work, I topped the outfit with this houndstooth coat from Forever21, for just right amount of pattern and texture. To complete the look I added a bright red lip to add the pop of color on my lips to replace the color I often get from my glasses.
As I wrap up another holiday season I look forward to all the EyeStyle and adventures that 2019 has in store for OpticianAboutTown!
I believe that personal style is based on comfort and personality, and I love something that is adaptive to different situations.
Usually people don’t associate style with Transitions Lenses, as an avid lover of these lenses I find most people dismiss them based on an outdated impression. But even the naysayers will not be able to resist the amazing style you can create with the new Transitions Xtractive Style Mirror Lenses.
Only a chic setting would do justice for the launch of the stylish new addition to the Transitions Lenses portfolio. The Addisions is a little hot spot, a venue with a cheeky story,
“Few people know who they are, and even fewer have ever made their acquaintance. They collect fine art and always have a stocked bar. They have amazing food on hand, and their friends are all so charming. And their house – my God. Have you seen their house? They really do have it all. It’s just too bad they’re never around to enjoy it.”
In The Addisons Hamptons inspired backyard, littered with pool floaties, skirted by black and white striped cabanas, overflowing with palm printed pillows; it was the perfect venue to lounge, listen to summer anthems spun by DJ’s Coco & Breezy, all while sipping on refreshing Prosecco Pop cocktails and trying on sunglasses by Coco & Breezy featuring Transitions Xtractive Style Mirror Lenses.
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-Eyewear designers, DJ’s and Transitions Brand Ambassadors Coco & Breezy-
Because we all want to look fabulous from daylight to dusk. The desire to always be wearing the right eyewear is as crucial to me as wearing the right shoes! So I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to wear and share Transitions Xtractive Style Mirrors. A lens that amps up the style factor and elevates any outfit. These new sun lenses are an option that will appeal to both prescription and non prescription eyeglass wearers, because the responsive and adaptive nature of the lenses suits so many styles and situations.
Transitions Xtractive Style Mirror lenses change from a sheer translucent mirror in low lights and alters to an opaque, iridescent mirror when exposed to bright UV light.
These sun lenses are available in two Transitions Xtractive base colours, grey or brown, and 5 on trend fashion mirrors. So no matter your age or EYEstyle the light intelligent, hassle free nature of these lenses allow you to express your individual style, without missing a moment.
I chose the gold mirror colour on a brown Transitions Xtractive base, when I put these lenses in my Alexander McQueen sunglasses I was blown away! Originally these sunglasses featured a plain grey gradient lens, which didn’t do much to compliment the green and gold frame design. With the gold mirror on the lenses, these sunglasses are next level amazing! The gold finish on the lenses blends perfectly into the shiny gold finish on the frame and made the unique green acetate of the combo style standout.
These sunglasses were the perfect inspiration for my outfit choice for the event. Coco & Breezy have been know to say “eyeglasses are the outfit, and clothing is the accessory”, in this case I couldn’t agree more!
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The palm print pattern of this two piece set intensified the green of the Alexander McQueen frames. I added a contrasting pop of colour with these fun tassel earrings by H&M and my signature summer orange-red lipstick “Countess” by Kat Von D. A simple nude shoe let everything else shine.
Set your sights on looking stylish and enjoying every last minute of summer sunshine with adaptive sun lenses with Transition Xtractive Style Mirror Lenses.
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Nothing is quite as classic as black and white and for summer 2018 this classic pairing is heating up with a geometric twist.
Stripes, polka dots, and geometric patterns are making themselves seen in fashion eyewear on frames by CALVIN KLEIN, Etnia Barcelona and FACE A FACE.
This EYEstyle is one of my top 5 trends for summer 2018. Regardless of your style or age you can look perfectly chic in black and white sunglasses. On your way to the office, at the beach, a barbecue or Le Diner en blanc, there is a pair of black and white sunglasses that will elevate any look this summer.
I am continuously finding stand out styles that have me doing a double take in the new collection of CALVIN KLEIN Sun. The new creative director Raf Simons, is perfectly blending all the classics that come to mind when I think of Calvin Klein. Black and white has really always been something I associate with Calvin Klein as a brand, dating back to my first impressions of the brand in magazine ads featuring Kate Moss, and the still unforgettable picture of Marky Mark in his tighty whities. CALVIN KLEIN is re-connecting with it’s roots, while still setting trends.
These sunglasses are the prefect example. A classic aviator style, re-imagined for the fashion forward eyewear lover. Black and white striped acetate with a solid rather than cut out bridge design make up the frame front of these CALVIN KLEIN sunglasses. Allowing the patterned frame front to shine, it is cleverly supported by thin, silver metal temples, that seamlessly tie in the silver flash mirror lenses.
Clearly CALVIN KLEIN designer Raf Simons knew he was on to something brilliant by adding black and white stripes to sunglasses, because he didn’t stop at just one pair in the collection.
A gorgeous gold frame in a perfectly round shape, is elevated to show stopping status with black and white striped acetate around the lenses. I have long thought that black and gold is the standout classic frame color combination, but adding white to the color combo may have changed my mind. These sunglasses cannot be celebrated without taking notice of the lighter tint pink lenses. I’ll be wearing these sunglasses for after work patio drinks or evening summer outings, because as dusk sets in I don’t have to lose my eyecessories!
*I have some exciting plans to modify these lenses to make them more practical and versatile in summer light conditions, I’ll be sure to share when they had their upgrades!
Etnia Barcelona knows how to set trends in fashion eyewear, while stealing my opticians heart, crafting their frames with the finest materials and attention to detail and they have two gorgeous sunglasses styles featuring stand out black and white stripes.
The “Yaletown” is a feisty cats eye shaped pair of sunglasses. The sleek black metal frame with adjustable nose pads (perfect for those that need a little help keeping frames on their noses or to keep larger sunglasses from sitting on your cheeks), has 3 dimensional cat “ears” in black and white striped Italian Mazzucchelli acetate. MEOW!
The “Woseley” is a round metal frame with a black trim around the lenses, a silver bridge and silver temples. What I can only describe as a unique “eyelid”, the frame features a striped black and white acetate overlay on the lens. Uniquely adding design and pattern without any alteration to the round shape and clean lines of the frame, giving it a timeless vintage look from afar, and a modern visual treat up close. The cool tones of the dark grey mineral glass lenses finish this one of a kind look.
The bolder glam shapes by Eyewear house FACE A FACE highlight the black and white sunglass trend in a more mod way. Designed in a vintage shape made famous by Jackie O, a deeper, rectangular cats eye and a perfect hybrid of the two, these frames are color blocked perfectly in the two most match worthy tones in your wardrobe.
A pair of black and white sunglasses with a geometric twist will without a doubt have you standing out all summer long and they will be a go to classic in your eyeglass wardrobe for years to come.
It is the start of a new season, and there seemed no better location than the desert at dawn to showcase one of summer 2018’s must try sunglass trends.
In the spirit of the 1970’s, a time when individuality and expression through fashion reigned supreme and iconic trends were formed and forever etched into the style bible. For summer 2018 eyewear is trending in shapes and colors reminiscent of a throwback seventies vibe.
I get very excited for a new shape in eyewear, and although it’s not “new”, the comeback of a Hexagonal frame is a shape trend that is sure to make its mark in eyewear for 2019. The first few signs of the trend are creeping into sunglasses and I have a prediction that the shape will become increasingly popular for both sunglasses and eyeglasses in the year to come.
These hexagonal frames by Mizayke are a light metal frame that allows the strong geometric shape to shine, complete with a bridge shape that compliments rather than pull focus from the geometric outline. The sunglasses have gradient tinted lenses in a deep rich mahogany color. Giving an ombre look that provides the perfect accent to add a layer of 70’s spirit to the frame.
This year the classic aviator shape you know and love is being reintroduced in a more angular, rectangular silhouette. Known as a navigator style, this sunglass shape is a hybrid of the classic aviator, double bridge design and a rectangular frame shape. The ‘Mitte” by Etnia Barcelona, adapts the navigator foundation adding unexpected angles to create sunglasses that evoke a funky vintage vibe. Although the sunglasses might look a little masculine on first glance, this androgynous style can be worn by men or women.
The “Mitte” sunglasses are the first that I’ve come across that are designed for men in rose gold, a flattering color, especially against tanned summer skin.
(As an added bonus you can buy them for your man, and wear them too!)
Etnia Barcelona has created a bold double bar silhouette and added a delicate linear, engraved temple detail. Tone on tone, translucent acetate cradles copper colored natural mineral lenses.
Lenses change the style profile of a pair of sunglasses. It’s an element that can add a personality to a basic pair of frames. Gradient tinted lens gained popularity in the 1970’s and the trend carried on through to the 1980’s. A gradient can also be referred to as a fashion tint. This is a style of sunglass lens that is darker at the top of the lens and gradually lightens towards the bottom of the lens. From barely there sheer washes of color that can be worn indoors to a dark gradient depth for comfort in bright sunshine. Gradient lenses in shades of brown have a distinct 70’s vibe.
To elevate the style factor in one of my favorite Andy Wolf frames, the “Brigitte”, I decided to take inspiration from the Andy Wolf demo lenses and add a very sheer gradient brown tint to enhance a throwback feel. I wanted these glasses to be customized to meet all my visual needs and be a design all my own. So to make these glasses perfection for inside and outside I added the light tint on a Transition Xtractive brown lenses, thus creating a fab pair of glasses or sunglasses…depending on where you see me!
I love that a pair of eyewear can be the inspirational starting point for unique outfit. You can be a chameleon and take on a totally different personality than your everyday. These 70’s inspired sunglasses would be a perfect EYEcessory for a summer music festival, road trip or backyard barbecue. A standout style look that would be perfect with a embroidered crop top, a pair of high waisted denim and a pair of boho boots.
As I danced in the desert at dawn in this adorable embroidered linen dress, boho boots and a felt rancher hat, I was definitely feeling good vibes in these throwback sunglass styles.
So whether you experienced the 70’s or just want to live vicariously through the fashions of the era, this summer is the perfect time to visit this groovy decade of eyewear.
Pink and blush tones have been sprouting up in eyewear…
For spring/summer 2018 there is no doubt that the trend is in full bloom. From barely there translucent blush, to opaque pinks and rosy tones, glasses and sunglasses in soft shades are a breath of fresh air in comparison to the dark frames styles of recent seasons.
Two frames that stood out to me in perfect shades of pink this season was an eyeglass frame & co-coordinating sunglasses partner by CALVIN KLEIN eyewear. Both the glasses and sunglasses are a combination of two different acetates, one solid pink, one with a subtle linear, brushstroke pattern. The almost puzzle like quality of the acetate is set on a frame of rose gold, giving the frame an eye catching dimension.
CALVIN KLEIN eyewear has had somewhat of a rebirth with the arrival of new Chief Creative Officer Raf Simons. With Raf Simons leading the creative strategy for the CALVIN KLEIN brand globally, the eyewear collection has regained the brands identity celebrating classic and contemporary casual, while being a modern provocateur of what is to come.
The glam oversized, round sunglasses are thoughtfully designed, with a narrow bridge and nosepads to keep the large frame from sitting on your cheeks. While the slightly mirrored, rose gold lenses have me enjoying the world through rose colored glasses!
I love that even the ever popular tortoise pattern is getting a spring refresh with tones of blush. The soft pink base replacing the more traditional tortoise (dark brown and medium brown muddled print), Havana tortoise (light brown and tan, often with a caramel hue) or Tokyo tortoise (amber hue and dark brown muddled print, with greater contrast between colors). Blush tortoise is flattering on all skin tones, and is particularly perfect for those fair skin tones that want a lighter look. It is still a fantastic neutral option and a perfect way to embrace the blush trend, even if you’re someone who typically doesn’t gravitate towards pink.
A good-looking frame that embraces the blush tortoise trend is the CK18107. It marries a retro silhouette and modern aesthetics. This frame is a collaboration of many hot trends in eyewear for 2018, it’s round, a thinner more minimal look and is a combination of metal and plastic, in hues of rose gold and blush tortoise. It’s perfection!
When I saw theses cotton candy pink sunnies by Derek Lam, I knew they would be the a perfect EYEcessory to go with the pattern on this jumpsuit. The “Venus” is a butterfly shape with a geometric flair, featuring the signature hole punch temple design that connects all the sunglasses in Derek Lams’ new 2018 collection. Although it’s called coral the sunglasses are much more pinky that the name would have you believe. With it’s subtle gold hinge accent and gradient grey lenses it’s a sweet choice for spring/summer 2018.
Consider blush and pink colored glasses and sunglasses a new neutral, for your next pair of spectacular spectacles as they are one of my Spring/Summer 2018 EYEstyle Trends to watch.
New York City has become a familiar place for me; it’s somewhere I have been lucky enough to visit each spring for the past few years. I have my favorite restaurants which I always have to revisit, my favorite neighborhoods for shopping, yet each trip I discover many new places, which sometimes happen to be on the same streets I’ve been down dozens of times before. What brings me to New York each March is Vision Expo East, and if you can only make one North American optical event per year, this is the one to attend. For me Vision Expo East is what signals the first signs of spring, a new style season and a clear view of where optical trends are going for the coming year. The temperature might have felt more like winter, yet the sun was shining and the new eyewear styles were in full bloom.
Vision Expo was 4 days of optical education, networking events and of course the largest showcase of eyewear and accessories all in one place. As I returned for my 4th year it was my busiest yet, with so many great things to share, this might turn into a novel if I share them all, so here are my highlights from Vision Expo East 2018.
This year I had the pleasure to share my Vision Expo experience with friend, fellow blogger and all things eye enthusiast, Dr. Amanda Rights (@optomeyeslife). You know when you meet someone and just instantly click?! This was Amanda and I when we met at Transitions Academy two years ago. Meeting someone that shares my passion for the optical industry and being a serious girl boss made us fast friends.
The OWA Champagne Breakfast
Champagne for breakfast is always a good idea! As is coming together with inspirational and supportive female leaders in the optical industry. Although it was an early start, looking around the room, there was no doubt why these women are lady bosses all in their own rights. Keynote speaker Francis Cole Jones, author of “How to Wow” made me sit a little straighter, stand a little taller and leave with the know how to exude confidence in any interaction through body language and conversational cues.
This blogger and media event took us to the top floor of The Standard Hotel to get an exclusive first look at the newest Eyecessories for spring. It was really a perfect evening for an eyeglass blogger, a 360 degree view of the Manhattan skyline, set against a sky that matched my glass of rosé in hand, all while I tried on glasses and sunglasses from collections I know and some I had not seen before. I get downright giddy for cool glasses, and it wasn’t just the rosé that had me tickled pink. Frames from Kate Young for Tura and Kendall & Kylie eyewear impressed me with their style and featured frame shapes I hadn’t seen before (which is hard when you see as many glasses and sunglasses as I do!).
Coco & Breezy Showroom Grand Opening
I have had the pleasure to come to know this dynamic duo over the past couple years, as Transitions Brand Ambassadors our paths have crossed many times. It has been so inspiring to watch these ambition, driven, unstoppable young ladies make their place in the optical industry. Evolving their self named brand from sunglasses to ophthalmic frames in just a few short years. As these ladies build their empire, they have built a showroom that is as much a reflection of their style as their eyewear. It was a pleasure to be invited to celebrate the grand opening of the showroom, to see their creative space, view the sketches, feel the material samples, and of course try on the finished product.
Meeting a Real Housewife
So I am admittedly a Real Housewives of (every city) super fan. It’s my guilty pleasure and I’m not shy to admit it. So after a cup of tea and some Real Housewives of Atlanta on Sunday morning I was off to the Javits for my fourth day. Imagine my delight when only an hour after watching her on TV I had the pleasure to meet Ms. Cynthia Bailey herself! Showcasing her eyewear collection at Vision Expo, the fabulous Ms. Bailey was warm and kind and more beautiful in person than she is on TV.
I love that after 4 days at Vision Expo East, seeing thousands of frames, and admittedly trying on hundreds, I have a clear outlook on eyewear trends for 2018 and I can’t wait to share them all with you!
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