Happy New Year! From all of us at ContactsandSpecs.com we wish you the best of health, wealth and happiness in 2010!
Happy New Year! From all of us at ContactsandSpecs.com we wish you the best of health, wealth and happiness in 2010!
The following is the initial imagery of Oliver Peoples 2010 Campaign, to be launched on their website in November! After the beautiful job she did for the current season, they were excited to reunite with stellar photographer Autumn De Wilde. Providing personality and a face to the frames is Scottish singing beauty Shirley Manson and Renaissance talent, Elijah Wood.
Easily recognized for his roles in Lord of the Rings, Sin City, Everything is Illuminated and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Elijah’s debonair personal style was an ideal fit for the campaign. Despite such success in his acting career, Elijah is also dedicated to photography and music, including the creation of his own record label called Simian Records in 2005.
Stunning, scarlet-haired Shirley is best known as the lead vocalist of the Grammy-nominated alternative band, Garbage. In the last year, she assumed a role in the television seriesTerminator: the Sarah Conner Chronicles. Her edgy and dramatic sense of style lent a modern, mischievous air to the otherwise serious scenes of sunnies and spectacles.
Orchestrating the imagery is internationally renowned photographer and director Autumn De Wilde. Her work has been featured on the pages of Vanity Fair, W, Elle, Rolling Stone, and V Magazine, and her most recent subjects include artists such as Beck, The White Stripes and celebrated fashion designers, Rodarte.
Freudenhaus will release the first of three different models of sunglasses designed by DJ Hell. The first model which recently premiered in Paris for enthusiastic buyers, is a chic unisex aviator style with smokey deep-lilac lenses set within a dark brushed-metal frame with delicate silver studding around the lenses. The limited edition 500 pairs are accompanied by a special Design Hell signature case and will be available for purchase through Freudenhaus and at select boutique retailers across the world. It is worth noting that only 85 of these great frames are slated for the USA.
While the rest of the world groans over crises and gloomy weather, Ørgreen is once again taking off in a new direction with the release of its most extensive collection of handmade glasses to date. With three ‘concepts’ for each of the three designs available in six unique colour combinations, the variety is great, but the collection remains tied together by several common denominators.
The cleanly styled, razor-sharp and state-of-the-art design is fresh and modern, something one can always expect from Ørgreen glasses, while fine signature details are now joined by a number of new refinements. The arms are more flexible, the latch and hinges are concealed or relocated to offer new design possibilities, and the colour selection has exploded into surprisingly new and vibrant combinations making marked use of shimmering electro-colours, which add a spark to the glasses.
The Helium series includes three new models. The elegant and classically modern, feminine Fletcher is a light-weight little frame, that with its strong colours can underscore the wearer’s makeup in a way that is at once both natural and refined. The unisex model Jerrad puts a slight twist on the intellectual bohemian look with its classic retro design, produced in the ultra-stylish and super light-weight material beta-titanium. These glasses are therefore a fresh alternative for anyone looking for a retro look with large plastic lenses, but at the same time seeking flexibility and comfort. Ella is for women and is a large, bold and feminine frame with a design lightly inspired by Ørgreen’s sunglasses collection. Exciting colour combinations, such as gold and mint green, create associations with butterflies and something warm and sweet. The design is rounded out by the top line of the frame, which is somewhat recessed in the middle, producing an attractive ‘cat’s eye’ look. All three models in the Helium series are made from beta-titanium, a light, highly strong and flexible material that adapts to the face of the wearer.
The same extent of variety can be found in the three new models in the Cut & Airline series. The exclusive Panther is a unisex model based on the super-classic aviator look, here updated in a way that is both raw and elegant. It may seem retro, but the stark colour combination of orange and matte silver is entirely new. The arm makes a lively turn up to the straight top edge of the glasses. Vildebeest is a highly masculine frame with clean styling and a powerful front, suggesting prowess and strength. The frame’s clean lines are further optimised by the new concealment of the necessary rim lock in the hinge, and the stylish details on the frame provide a solid balance. Electro-colours come in as another completely new detail, providing a fascinating, almost mobile glow. The electro-colours can also be found in the Ambassador, which with its unique colour combination of matte silver and brown, for example, and with classical frame cuts and details makes for an exceeding degree of elegance. Ambassador is for men with larger face profiles, for whom the range of options has been limited up to this point. The mellow corners provide more of a friendly and mild look, and Ørgreen thereby meeting the needs of many with ‘larger heads’ who may often have difficulty finding a modern pair of designer glasses of premium quality.
Both Hexley and Xander are acetate/titanium combination models with a top edge of acetate and bottom edge of titanium. In purely technical terms, they are exclusively produced as a two-in-one with all the technical aspects worked into the body of the glasses, thereby placing them at the absolute high end of the new collections. With three colours at play and several gold details, Hexley oozes exclusivity. This is a wonderful retro frame for women, where the feminine look is conveyed partly through soft forms and partly through the slight recess of the top edge over the bridge of the nose. Xander is the masculine counterpart to Hexley and radiates both class and self-confidence, but is also bold. Just ask Kevin Costner in Oliver Stone’s JFK. The design may therefore appear somewhat retro, but at the same time ultramodern, and therefore somewhat outside time. And finally there is York, another highly masculine frame, but in contrast to Xander, its front is in pure acetate, while the arms are acetate and titanium. The innovative design with classical induction details draws upon automobile design, while the entirely new way of working with contrast colours was developed by Ørgeen. Also new are the stripes in the acetate. With nine new, unique models, Ørgreen once again goes against the current and raises the bar for design; not only from a Danish perspective, but internationally as well. The collection is the most ambitious yet from the Danish design house. Like all other collections from Ørgeen, this one, too, was designed and developed in Denmark, while produced from only the best materials available in Japan, home to the finest quality production in the world.
Aviators are one of the coolest styles of sunglasses. They are always popular and never seem to go out of style. So popular are they that Made in Design decided to make a self-adhesive aviator mirror.
Consisting of two mirrors that can be stuck to any surface to resemble over-sized sunglasses the aviator mirror will let you check yourself out without obstructing someone else’s vision. However, they won’t help block the sun from getting in your eyes.
Like so many fashion trends, oversized sunglasses have been recycled more than once by the fashionable set. Originally hot in the 1950s, they’ve been back in vogue now for a few years, and will probably be current for a long time. If you decide to try oversized on for size, make sure you think about HOW you wear your big sunglasses. Done right, they can become part of a dressed-down ensemble—the slouchy socialite look—or the finishing touch on a sharp hipster vibe. Done wrong, enormous sunglasses can look a little bit 1970s bingo parlor or a tad too Mary Tyler Moore. Part of the problem is that big, big sunglasses draw attention to your face even as they hide a lot of it. Your nose, forehead, and chin become focal points—seeing as how they’re the only parts of your face left exposed—and if you’re not happy about the shape of your nose, or happen to have a particularly horrible pimple on your chin this week, you probably will not want to pop on a face-swamping pair of big round sunnies.
The shape of your face also matters. Angular or oval faces benefit from oversized shades; softer, rounder faces will simply be made to look more round and more soft, which might not be the desired effect. Frame shapes, whether round or oval, cat’s eye or square, can also clash with your face’s bone structure, making you look like you’re a six year old who’s stolen Grandma’s glasses (this happens to the Olsen Twins a lot) instead of a savvy, fashionable woman on the go (think Jackie Kennedy, the late First Lady). You can safely test the oversized trend with designer knockoffs from a cheap accessories shop. Try out different shapes, colors, embellishments, and sizes—and take them out of the store to get a good idea. What seems like the right shape under florescent store lights with a tag hanging off the bridge might not work out in day-to-day life. If you decide the trend works for you, go ahead and upgrade to a designer statement pair. If you like the retro look (think leading ladies of Italian Cinema). The big impact on your personal style could make oversized sunglasses well worth it.
Christmas is an annual Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated on December 25, but this date is not known to be Jesus’ actual birthday, and may have initially been chosen to correspond with either the day exactly nine months after some early Christians believed Jesus had been conceived, a historical Roman festival, or the date of the northern hemisphere’s winter solstice. Christmas is central to the Christmas and holiday season, and in Christianity marks the beginning of the larger season of Christmastide, which lasts twelve days.
Although a Christian holiday, Christmas is also widely celebrated by many non-Christians, and some of its popular celebratory customs have pre-Christian or secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, music, an exchange of greeting cards, church celebrations, a special meal, and the display of various decorations; including Christmas trees, lights, garlands, mistletoe, nativity scenes, and holly. In addition, Father Christmas (known as Santa Claus in some areas, including North America, Australia and Ireland) is a popular folklore figure in many countries, associated with the bringing of gifts for children.
Do you want to upgrade your office attire with just one purchase? There’s an accessory you can buy that will instantly add elegance to your ensemble, no matter what your job title. You can choose it to emphasize your analytical skills, or give yourself a sort of sexy, come-hither librarian look. We’re talking about eyeglasses. They’re not just for nearsighted girls anymore—geek chic is being embraced by women now as well as men. But we’d hardly call these designer specs “geeky” (chic certainly applies). Made with the best materials and by the best designers, eyeglasses pull your look together effortlessly. Decide what look suits you best and read these suggestions for shapes, designers, and models to try.
Front Office: The ladies at the front desk know where all the best supplies are kept and where all the skeletons are buried. In addition to hot phone skills, the front office set is the conduit for hot gossip. And as the first stop for clients and customers, they’ll need to set the tone. For the buttoned-up firm, choose sober squared-off eyeglasses like the Alain Mikli AO786 eyeglasses frame. Front-line forces at hipper organizations should let it hang out a little more: pretty much any pair from Alain Mikli’s should do it.
The Analyst: Back office number crunchers need a pair of glasses as smart as they are. Whether it’s financial projections or opposition research that’s keeping you chained to your desk, you’ll want serious, straight lines to emphasize your logical skills. Face a Face makes just the right eyeglasses for you, in jewel-like finishes that don’t sacrifice fashion for function.
The Art Director: Creative types have all the fun. In addition to arranging photo shoots and spreads, you get to have a little more flair in your choice of attire, and that includes everything from your shoes to your face furniture. Colors, textures, and shapes are pretty much yours for the picking. Boz Eyewear eyeglass frames give you an embarrassment of riches to choose from.
The Chief Executive: As the top of the organization, you set the tone for your company. Will it be super serious and focused for a board meeting? Gold & Wood Eyewear. Or do you need to be dynamic and innovative for a brainstorming session with your engineers? Mykita Eyewear, Otherwise, choose whatever you want: after all, you’re the boss.
Sports eyewear serves two functions — to improve vision and to protect against eye injuries. Any eyeglass wearer who regularly participates in a sport should wear protective eyeglasses with unbreakable, scratch-resistant lenses. Frames made of polycarbonate or a similar impact-resistant material also screen out the potentially damaging ultraviolet radiation in sunlight. Sports frames usually have rubber padding around the nose area and the sides where they come in contact with the head.
Young athletes need protective sports eyewear. Most of the 100,000 eye injuries that occur in this country every year happen to school-age athletes, and a large percentage of them could be prevented with appropriate eyewear, says the National Society to Prevent Blindness.
In fact, to protect their eyes from injury, all athletes — even those who do not need corrective lenses — should wear sports eyeglasses. Contoured, wrap-around goggles for such sports as biking, skiing, sailing and hang-gliding are available for either prescription or nonprescription lenses. It’s important that sports eyewear fits properly, especially for children. Cost-conscious parents sometimes buy goggles that are too large for a child, on the theory that the child can grow into them. But when the eyeglass frames are too loose, the frames lose their effectiveness and a flying ball or puck can cause eye damage. Frames that are too tight are not only uncomfortable but also obstruct peripheral vision.
When selecting ski goggles, look for features that offer protection as well as good outdoor vision.
Shooting and hunting also call for specialized eyewear, because the recoil of a shoulder-held shotgun or rifle can damage the eyes. Also, dust, sunlight and wind can present other hazards for the hunter or shooter. The kind of nonprescription goggles used in skiing or other sports are appropriate for hunting and shooting. Other features to consider are the following: