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What To Expect In Eyewear For Spring/Summer 2014

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Refresh for the imminent new season with my five key men’s trends and the way to frame them this spring.

American Retro

Old school Americana was rebooted for 2014. At Saint Laurent it was of the edgy L.A kind. Sequins, patent leather, leopard and zebra and lame brought out the showman. Gold mirrored matte aviators were the eyewear flash of genius. Etro went out West and intricate tooling became appliqué curls over suits and guitar cases. The dusty desert palette was splashed with bright colour pops. Topman Design made its mark on the cowboy shirt updating it with metallic accompaniment. Bottega Veneta’s was the most contemporary with bold black outlines and chalk marks. The key is a great shirt. Look for Western detail; piping, florals and looped or peaked lapel collars. But sunglasses are as ever what will bring the cool factor.

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A squared off wayfarer is a great and versatile choice. Make wayfarers and aviators matte and mirrored, or both for the essential contemporary twist. The Burberry Heritage 4154Q is perfect for the look. There are hand stitched leather temples to match your jacket too. For mirrors look to the keyhole bridged Dirty Dog Monza. The Ray-Ban Chris in its new velvet incarnation comes with fiery flash mirrors too. It’s the perfect rock star twist.

Camo

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Florals are big for men this spring/summer. Gucci, Prada and Burberry all did them beautifully. But it’s not for everyone. Camo is the perfect way to get the same effect. Indeed some of those florals came off like camo. Valentino, Belstaff, Christopher Raeburn and Lee Roach all offered fresh takes on camouflage. Just in time for the season Ray-Ban goes urban with the Original 2140 Wayfarer. Those classic winged arms come covered in camo fabric. The face is matte. That natural fabric is a real classy finish to the handmade frame. It has what it takes to accompany smart looks as well as casual urban cool.

Grey

The elegance of pale grey is often taken for granted. The designers gave it the attention it deserves on the spring/summer runways. Paul Smith, Emporio Armani, Z Zegna and Jil Sander all produced great new grey looks. It’s felt really fresh in eyewear too for some time. The Oliver Peoples Sheldrake in its streaked grey remains a firm favourite with me. It’s all going on here. But as great menswear should be, it’s classic and newness is subtle. The payoff at the temples after the streaking is huge. Turn the head and flash ultra contemporary crystal clear arms. Through the temples to boot is an Oliver Peoples branded core wire. Blue lenses brighten up the grey and make for a great signature to set you apart.

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Pink

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Even Paul Smith’s runway was pink this season. At Tom Ford there was more pink tailoring, tone on tone with stand out texture. At Giorgio Armani it was in a pale soft tailored jacket and teamed with grey. Playful, fresh and confident pink is a great colour to bring into your palette and this is the season to do it. Bobby Gillespie was ahead of the game donning head to toe fuchsia at Glastonbury last year. It has got a touch of the rock star about it when you go all the way with a deeper pink. Not too many men venture into it; it comes off confident, showy and original. Ray-Ban’s latest take on its Justin is perfect. The pink is kept matte with the superbrand’s new gummy finish and along with the bold square update on the original wayfarer it’s a masculine take on pink. Rich flash mirror lenses are another must when updating your shades for 2014.

Stripes

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Stripes return for another season. At Marc Jacobs they were in chevrons over mono knits. At Dolce and Gabbana there were varied grades in earthy tones. At E Tautz there were blocks and verticals. Burberry Prorsum teamed them with spots in another collection that owed much to national treasure painter David Hockney. Coordination in your look colour and print wise provides an instant catwalk look. Bring your sunglasses in with the new Polo 4064. The slim temples off this masculine wayfarer come with two so very well placed stripes. The tortoise face and green lenses will be the perfect classic grounding to your 2014 brights.

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Women’s Fashion Advice – Be Playful This Winter!

Unless you’re still in your pre-teens you’ve probably outgrown cartoon animal t-shirts and playful jewelry. There’s good news though for those who are still a kid at heart: You can keep the whimsy alive without slipping back into your childhood!

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For instance, Lanvin’s 10th Anniversary Cartoon Inlay Sunglasses look sleek when on but they hold a little surprise inside, a fun cartoon pattern! You won’t find them just anywhere – unfortunately you won’t find them on the likes of Yoox – but they’re definitely worth the search! Never let your eyes weather the low winter sun without protection again! (more…)

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Men’s Eyewear – Innovations in contact lenses

Leonardo Da Vinci is credited with first introducing the idea for the contact lens.  Yet even he would find it hard to believe how far his concept has come today.  In 2011, the worldwide contact lens market was valued at $6.8billion, with indications that this is set to rise by the end of 2012.

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With the range of lenses now available, popular internet sites such as LensWay are offering lens wearers a whole host of solutions for their vision needs, from sight correction to treating cornea problems.  However, in recent years contact lenses have been used for a surprising range of reasons.

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Men’s Fashion Advice: Vintage Style Glasses are in, but which shapes are best for you?

If you look at any of the magazines, or see photos of any of the celebrities you will see that vintage style glasses are all the rage. The question always is: How do you choose what shape frame is right for you? There is a simple formula to select what frame is right for you, but you have to think about what shape your face is. You want to choose a frame that will give you the shape that your face is not. For instance, a “square face” is as long as it is wide, so you want to choose a softer frame that has the rounded lines that your face is missing. A smaller oval frame or rounded frame will be best for you.

Now, if your face is more rounded from your forehead to your chin area, then square frame eyeglasses will compliment your face best. You want to stay away from the rounded frames because your features will be swallowed up and you will have no contrast to your look.

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Musings on Men’s Fashion – You can look good in glasses

Believe it or not, you can look good in glasses. Sure, you might look better with contacts, but eyeglasses can certainly match, or even enhance, a man’s face. There’s no better way to demonstrate this reality than by checking out some celebrities and their other eyes.

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Johnny Depp looked damn collected and serious when he portrayed a character with prescription glasses in the movie The Ninth Gate. In fact, a lot of Johnny Depp’s characters over the decades donned glasses – and who has ever complained? No one of importance at least. The same goes to say for several of Ralph Fiennes’s characters, Jude Law’s, Sean Connery’s, etc…

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Furthermore, as many other bloggers have pointed out, male celebrities wear glasses all the time out in public. At last year’s 2009 Emmys alone, the four gents above took the stage with eyewear (and not with trashy shades mind you). And it goes without saying: famous authors the likes Stephen King rock their bifocals for interviews and jacket pictures with pride.

So now that you see how glasses are not only acceptable but often chic, fear not the four eyes. There are plenty of brick-and-mortar places that carry stylish spectacles, and of course you can always check out glasses online. The point is that attractive, famous people rock glasses all the time and there is no shortage of eyewear catering to the needs of sophisticated men. Don’t be nervous to look smart!

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Lesson #108: Spectacles

Reading glasses, though largely a functional item to keep on your person, most certainly tell others of your sense of style. Sparsely put, you can totally blow it if you use a cheap pair to read your funnies in the park.

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INFEASIBLE: Mini-folding glasses
Sure, it might seem like a good idea at first, but spectacles you can fold up and fit into your jean pocket only ever come in cheap, shoddy designs. I think this because if people cared enough about their appearance, they’d never store accessories in knocks and crannies (tangent: why am I sounding so British today?). If you choose to rock reading glasses over contact lenses, then please invest some thought into how to carry them around with you – for the record, I would go with a hard case in the jacket pocket.

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Amy Sacks Bamboo Masa Collection Sun Reader

Feasible: Glasses with hand-crafted frames 
A pair of Amy Sacks tell a very different story: I give a shit about what I perch on the bridge of my nose. A pair of glasses crafted from a sturdy and stylish material like bamboo will get you noticed. It’s a good rule of thumb for spectacles, unlike in deminwear or sunglasses, that you get what you pay for –  these go for ~$125 while the mini-folding junk goes for about $15  (as of 4/16/10). Booya.
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