Summer ’11 Must Have – Sunglasses!

On Stage

While shooting a fashion layout for Rage a very wise man (Dan Deutsch of Dan Deutsch Optical Outlook) said to me “eye wear helps define who you are.” He told me this while handing me a pair of vintage pink sunglasses worn by Elton John during a concert tour in the 70s. Now everyone can’t pull off pink, but what I learned that day from Dan is true: Sunglasses are jewelry for the face. And just like you change a necklace or a watch, one should change up their glasses.

Finding the right pair is easy. The frame shape should contrast with the shape of the face. Round faces should stay away from too round. Look for angular or rectangle styles. A square face or a strong chin? Look for styles that will give the face some definition like aviators with a rounded bottom.

I recommend spending an hour or two at your favorite sunglasses store. Try on several different frames. And colors! This is a chance to show your personality so venture out from black! And always have your salesperson adjust the frames. Fit is everything.

My Fave Four:

Taking the nerd trend to the stratosphere these Tom Ford glasses are gorgeous. The tortoise is retro cool & Tom’s distinctive “T” let’s everyone know they’re by Mr. Ford. Clear lens are a huge trend for day & nite. Or pop in a subtle brown lens.

Hackett London is a Brit menswear company that is oh so posh. Think Burberry without the annoying plaids. These glasses have a retro feel & a distinctive square eye shape.

You can never go wrong with aviators. Almost any face can carry this classic style. Here’s one for the girls & the boys. Mykita teamed up with Uslu Airlines (a super cool cosmetics company) to match aviators with nail polish! Check the super cool packaging!

These Gucci Cat Eye Logo sunglasses kill me! They are so 1976-Studio 54-chic. I love the arm with the Gucci in script & the subtle gradation of the lens.

Glasses are having a retro moment. It’s all 50s Mad Men or 70s Charlie’s Angels. So grab a pair of these retro-inspired beauties to feel oh so modern. (All frames available at Dan Deutsch Optical Outlook & Neiman Marcus.) M*

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