Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Star Wars and Sunglasses: Perfect Together

Whether you’re a sci-fi geek or a fashion fanatic, adidas has taken its bestriped styles right right to the edge. A design partnership with Stella McCartney brings a sleek chic to sports togs. Some of her running clothes make me actually want to step away from my computer and start stepping someplace athletic. Yeah, I'm not sure where that is. But maybe it would come more naturally with the right togs.

Meanwhile the story is not quite as sexy from a sunglass perspective.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, the Kundo sunglasses with a café con leche color scheme are cute as a button.

Also, the Ipanema from adidas Originals isn’t a pair of sunglasses that I would throw out of my purse any time soon…very sporty cute.

But wouldn’t you have loved to see what they could do sunglasses wise with some of adidas' special partnerships, particularly with the Star Wars collection…oy! It’s a great combo of dorktastic and fantastic.

In this day and age of streamline and chunky combos in the world of sunglass designs, along with the shiny or metallic color schemes that would make C3PO and R2D2 beep with envy, one can’t help but sigh a little about the styles that could come through adidas under this umbrella.

The force would totally be with them.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Sunglass road to Enlightenment

It’s hard to be opinionated.  Sometimes you make a VERY hard stand against something…such as sunglasses at night.

And on some level you’ll always feel that note of concern: will something come down the road to make you think…maybe I should reconsider my stance?

And then just that happens.

So here it is, top of a fresh week and I’m forced to wrestle with this question: does glow-in-the-dark-ness(-ousity? -hood?) make wearing sunglasses at night ok?

The answer, my friends, is…maybe. When I was a kid, I loved my glow-in-the-dark fake vampire fangs (I was into vampires before it was hip, what can I say?). And when my nephews and nieces were babies, I thought those glow-in-the-dark galaxies that were stuck on their nursery ceilings were super-cute. And on a trip to New Zealand a boat ride through a glowworm cavern just make me love that green sheen in the weirdest way. So I guess that I am biased in favor of glowing.

Converse’s Glow-In-The-Dark styles look frosty during the day and glowing neon at night in either an aviator shape or rectangular style. And although I continue to have serious questions about the wholesomeness of after-dark shade, I might have to see them myself before I make my final judgment. Hmmm.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Sunglass Ingenue

So it really turns out that Kate Hudson is a better sunglass wearer than actress. And although you don’t get paid for sassy sunwear, there must be a special Academy Award for best use of optical props, right?

Here she’s seen in London wearing Ørgreen’s Bianca sunglass. (INF photos.)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bieber Seasonal Cold

As a grown woman with no children and a shard or two of self respect, I simply cannot catch Bieber fever. But out of respect for two subjects near and dear to my heart—my niece and l.a. Eyeworks—I will share these images of Justin Bieber in l.a. Eyework's style Bent sunglasses. These stills are from a new  MTV video promo for the VMAs set to air Sept. 12.

I could take two roads here: It's appalling that Justin Bieber has to infringe even on the most wonderful things, like a great l.a.-based eyewear company (check for their futuristic shop next time you watch Bladerunner!). OR: Maybe there is hope for this kid after all.

Because I've been away for a week and am so happy to be blogging again (and my niece will kill me if I besmirch the Bieb), I will give the lad the benefit of the doubt.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Envying Famous People Wearing Sunglasses

Things are still crazy busy for me. If I did everything I'm supposed to do today, it would be Wednesday before I got out of my chair. But Hollywood stars seem to have plenty of time to swan around wearing cool sunglasses. So here are a few of the H'wood people whose glasses I am planning to steal as soon as possible.

Jennifer Love Hewitt proves that I am in fact the last and potentially only person in the world without a pair of the beloved shiny, sexy, Mykita Franz gold sunnies. She must have a very good stylist, because no one with the bad taste to date Jamie Kennedy would be able to pick out these wonderful glasses.

Oh man, I want to be a cool person who can pull off Chloe sunglasses! I do, I do. In fact, I might just want to be Anna Paquin in general. Cute English fiance? Check. Confident smile complete with signature tooth gap? Check. Exciting pansexual PSA? Check. Blood-soaked boy sandwich Rolling Stone cover? Wait. Oh that's just crazy. But she does look awesome in Chloe Belladone sunglasses.

And finally, because I really do have to get back to work (Boo! We want to have a glass of champagne and watch reruns of True Bloooooood!), Leighton Meester is my final pick of the day of people who had better watch it before I steal their sunglasses. Even though I have never actually seen her act or sing, and although I find her name to be beyond silly, and regardless of the fact that she may very well be on set and not wearing clothing of her own choosing, I long for these Derek Lam Parker sunglasses, a tube of red lipstick, and an 18-year-old boyfriend...a slice of what I imagine her daily life to be. Sigh.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Rage-Ready Sunglasses

This is a tough time of year at the office. Things are crazy busy and the words and such are flying all over the place. And since I'm sensitive, damn it, it's taking a slight toll on my otherwise sterling sense of humor.

What I need today is a good pair of rage-friendly sunglasses.

My first choice would be Silhouette's Titan Minimal Art...which is a clean Austrian style that doesn't take crap from anybody. And because there are no hinges to get caught in your hair and ruin a dramatic moment, they are completely perfect for a "What The F?" confrontation accentuated by pulling one's sunglasses off and gesticulating wildly with them.

In my few spare moments I'll try to come up with a few more rage-friendly models.

Style suggestions are welcome! (angrily!)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Big and English

Sorry about the spotty blogging last week. And oy...the stories I have for you once I can catch my breath! I have seen sunglasses on beautiful people galore. More to come later...

For now, here's a link to a great story about big gals and the accessories that love them:


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Combo Pack: Capes and Sunglasses

Capes are in again.

Just let that sink in.

Capes. Are. In.

Now, I love a cape…they’re so drama drama. But I also think of capes as the coat of choice worn by my nana, who was no fan of excessive buttoning up.

Her logic in winter coating solutions was sound. Capes are one step from just getting out of bed and going to work with the comforter wrapped around your shoulders. And there ain’t nothing wrong with that, folks!

Unless you have a Snoopy comforter; in which case: come on, that’s just weird at your age.

The big question here is what sunglasses to use with a cape. You could go super clean line and make it a WWII look.

Or you can go super-girly and femme it up.

Or you can go edgy and use your sunglasses to take you straight into Fantastic Land with the Paul Smith style Foxley (shown above). Where is Fantastic Land, you ask? Only those in capes and the proper sunglasses truly know.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Silly sunglasses, Snooki

By this point, I believe I've made my feelings on enormous sunglasses clear (I love them).

But I don't know if I've made myself clear about novelty sunglasses (I hate them).

From Gaga's smoking Telephone sunglasses to Jersey Shore's hot mess Snooki's choice, they just burn my toast.

There is a big difference between innovative or artistic and silly and gimmicky.

Lace sunglasses from Chanel: artistic!

Condom monocle from Left Eye: almost silly, but social message makes it artistic!

Last summer's slatted sunglass collaboration between Alain Mikli and Kanye West: Innovative (you can actually see out of them!)

These, shown at http://zennie2005.blogspot.com/2010/08/jersey-shore-guilty-pleasure-by-nikky.html:
Just ridiculous.

Isn't it bad enough that these MTV-sponsored thugs are further maligning sweet sweet New Jersey? Now they have to mess with sunglasses, too? What's next? Will The Situation have an inappropriate relationship with grandma's apple pie while draped in an American flag? This madness must end.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Privacy Enhancing Sunglasses

There are times in a girl’s life when she just wants to be alone. Not in the Greta Garbo way, but in the “no, seriously, now is just not a good time” way. I’m sure this goes for boys’ lives as well.  But I’m the SpinsterMiss, not the BachelorMister, so I’ll be selfish about my pronouns, thank you very much.

Anyway, there are those days when all of the makeup in the world can’t hide the fact that you’ve had one of those nights.

Not the good kind.

The kind of night where you actually drank that gag bottle of wine that you got for your house warming party several years before….and you found and smoked the cigarettes at the back of your junk drawer that you thought were gone since you quit ages ago….all while watching any movies that will make you therapeutically cry. And, because it’s been that kind of a day, pretty much any movie will make you therapeutically cry, from The Jerk to a nature documentary.

So the next day when you have to go to work, you’d better have something you can wear that’s big enough to cover what seems to irreparable damage to your pretty, pretty face. Sunglasses that reveal nothing beneath your stylish exterior.

Thank goodness designers are more than willing to provide us with a number of defensive sunglass options.

Large looks, such as the Peekaboo from Fendi (above) are excellent...they fairly scream "just look at the glasses and leave me alone!"

And then there is the dark, she-walks-in-beauty-like-the-night looks, such as this Valentino style 5749 that can help you fade in and out of the scene in proper privacy.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sunglasses at night

It's quite a pickle. I'd like to switch my postings to the p.m. I do have a full-time job that requires my full time attention. But by the time I get home and walk the dog and get settled in for the night, it's dark. And I'm not crazy about writing on the subject of sunglasses when there's no sun. In fact, I'm just not crazy about sunglasses at night. Period.

I'm going to go right out on a limb and say that while I love Corey Hart and his dreamy super-spiked hair and his total lack of willingness to ever surrender, I think that wearing sunglasses at night is foolish and dangerous and it makes you look like you're high and couldn't afford Visine.

There, I've said it. I feel much better now. Kanye, Diddy, Gaga, and other various and assorted celebrity types may be eligible for a waiver if they are faced with photophobia due to excessive exposure to camera flashes. But you'll have to fill out a form and get my approval on it.

Otherwise, I'm totally going to make fun of you whenever I can.

You're warned.