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Eyeglasses Make an Image and a Fashion Statement

In recent years, eyeglasses have become the go-to accessory for individuals looking to transform their personal and professional images. Glasses have overcome their former reputation for making wearers appear unattractive and nerdy. The act of sporting shades is now “geek chic”, and some choose stylish specs to complement fashionable outfits. As usual, celebrities have led the way in advancing these trends.

With Fashion Week about to hit New York this week, we’ve drawn up a quick recap of the last decades’ influential eye wear styles. They’ve included the thick dark frames of the staid 1950s, the thinner frames and mod styles of the 60s, the 70s hip wire frames and round models highlighting 80s glam. Newer styles often borrow from and combine these retro looks.

Vision Council of America stats reveal that about sixty-four percent of adults wear eyeglasses and around eighty-five percent wear sunglasses. There is also a sizable number, estimated at about four million, who wear glasses even though they have no vision impairments, according to Freakonomics author Stephen Dubner.

Among those wearing glasses with non-prescription lenses are famous actors, chefs and athletes. The site Glasscrafters.com includes actor Drew Carey in this group, along with Iron Chef Masahuru Morimoto. Miami Heat basketball players LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have both acknowledged they only wear glasses to be fashionable, Dubner reported.

Carmelo Anthony is another successful athlete who set out to revamp his image with glasses. He’s a well-known, sometimes-controversial member of the New York Knicks who also played for the gold medal-winning U.S Olympic basketball team this year. His photo (above), is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s latest print ad campaign. “What’s Your Met?” features famous people promoting their favorite Met museum masterpieces, and the bespectacled Melo looks more like an art scholar specializing in Surrealist paintings than a professional hoopster known for his off-court antics.

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Met Gala Pics Dominate the News

As expected, coverage of the Met Gala, or, really, its red carpet, is dominating the news this morning. Stylist has narrowed down their picks for best and worst, but a quick Google search for “Met Gala 2012″ has a picture of just about every person who showed up. Mad Men‘s January Jones (left) made the best dressed list.

The Times devotes today’s online Style section to the Gala, with news of Amazon’ red-carpet entrance into the fashion world. As we mentioned yesterday, Amazon is a major sponsor of the exhibit “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.” And while the company has sold clothing previously, it has had a problem with appeal. To correct that, it’s “going luxe” with emphasis on photography and presentation. Which goes to show that what you say is as important as how you say it.

[via The New York Times]

 

Fashion and Mayhem: The Met Has a Press Event for this Year’s Costume Institute Exhibit

The red carpets are rolling out and things are getting fashion-y because today is the big Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum. We had the chance to check out the press event this morning for the Institute’s exhibition “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” and it was packed end to end with cameras, curators, and women in pretty necklaces.

“The steps of the Met, which is where guests walk the paparazzi gauntlet, provide one of the most dramatic and demanding red carpet entrances of any event,” writes The Washington Post. Indeed, the day after the “Met Ball,” reviewing what everyone wore has become an annual happening, like the day-after Oscar discussions. This is what model Coco Rocha will be wearing and we’ll review it in advance: Ghastly.

Amazon, a big sponsor of this year’s exhibition, will be broadcasting the red carpet live tonight online. More about that here.

This morning’s event wasn’t about the gala, but rather the exhibit itself.

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