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Swoon Over Eyewear at the Oscars

28 Feb

The Super Bowl of award shows, better known as the Academy Awards, took place last night with Anne Hathaway and James Franco as the highly anticipated hosts. As expected, the night was filled with over-the-top glamour, dramatic performances and light-hearted skits. Some critics were less than thrilled about the hosts, but that doesn’t put a damper on a show satiated with top honors, high-fashion and good company.

Quite a few of Hollywood’s elite spruced up their garb with a little help from our favorite accessory: eyewear.

As with most award shows this year, geek chic styles defintely took center stage.

Understated elegance also showed face in minimalistic rimless, semi-rimless and translucent frames.

Sunglasses also had their moment on the red carpet in classic and contemporary fashions like tinted lenses, aviators and more.

These A-listers looked sophisticated and Oscar-gold worthy, and regardless of whether they took home the trophy or not, they are eyewear winners in our eyes!

There was a wide array of styles showing face, the most popular being minimalistic looks of rimless and semi-rimless frames as well as geek chic.
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Stellar Eyewear Styles at the SAG Awards

31 Jan

Award season is in full swing, and, as usual, the stars did not fail to delight us with their decadent red carpet fashions at the 17th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards last night. With everything from flowing gowns to swanky suits to impeccable eyewear, these A-listers were right on point for their big night out.

Geek chic frames certainly dominated the scene, traditional rectangular styles also showed face, and blacked out sunnies added a dramatic element to the evening. Overall, we have to say, these celebs rocked it from head to toe regardless of whether or not they went home with a SAG trophy.

Rainn Wilson, Geoffrey Rush, Taye Diggs, Helena Bonham Carter, Rico Rodriguez, Morgan Freeman, Steve Buscemi, Ed O'Neill and Ernest Borgnine

 

Popstars Sizzle in Eyewear at the AMAs

22 Nov

It was a busy evening for the musically gifted as fans from all over the world tuned in to see their favorite artists perform at the 38th annual American Music Awards last night. As always, the performances and red carpet fashions were glamorous and envy-worthy. We spotted rockers, rappers, pop princesses and boy band heartthrobs donning luxurious eyewear to accent their signature looks.

The tough, rocker look was definitely in full effect as some of our favorites rocked styles with a rough edge. Usher kicked it with his superstar protégé Justin Beiber—who snagged four awards, including Artist of the Year—and looked mighty fine in sleek pair of black shades accented with a striking metal piece that extended from the brow bar to the temples. Taio Cruz was breakin’ hearts with that bad boy smile and oversized flat-tops as he helped present the Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist award to Rihanna.

Usher (Image via wireimage.com) Taio Cruz (Image via cbsnews.com)

A night out isn’t complete without a pair of snazzy aviators, so it was no surprise that this look also made its mark on the night. The classic trend graced the faces of some super hot artists—Trey Songz, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Pitbull—who all looked handsomely charming.

Trey Songz (Image via theenvelope.latimes.com) Sean "Diddy" Combs (Image via wireimage.com) Pitbull (Image via wireimage.com)

Nerd-tastic specs also had their time to shine last night. Geek chic took over the stage as a slew of hunky men carried firecracker Katy Perry across the stage. The fellas looked sharp in their trendy, thick and oversized glasses. Cutie Jaden Smith rocked a similar pair of geeky frames as he watched the show in the audience. Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas also went nerdy, wearing rounded, oversized black frames. The rest of the crew, minus Fergie, embraced the futuristic vibe in supersized, blacked out shields.

Katy Perry (Image via dailymail.co.uk) Jaden Smith (Image via wireimage.com) Black Eyed Peas (Image via wireimage.com)

Specs and Shades at the VMAs

14 Sep

As always, there was no shortage of crazy fashion debuts at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. While Lady Gaga has adopted raw meat as her latest fashion accessory, we recommend glamming it up sans cow byproducts and opting for a hot pair of sunnies or bold optical frames instead like the rest of these celebs.

Just like at the Emmy’s, aviators and wayfarers seemed to be the favored sunglass styles at the VMAs.

MTV’s infamous Jersey Shore cast wasn’t trying to escape the limelight, as usual. In his signature open-shirt stance, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino showcased his washboard abs in a pair of oversized aviators with gradient lenses. Ronnie Ortiz-Magro was looking sharp in his navigators and Vinny Guadagnino kicked up the tough guy vibe in blacked out wayfarers.

Jersey Shore

Photo Credit: Wireimage

Chuy Bravo, VMA host Chelsea Handler’s favorite sidekick, complemented his blue attire in a pair of gold-rimmed aviators with yellow mirrored lenses.

Chuy Bravo

Image Credit: Wireimage

Pop icons and best buds, Usher and Justin Bieber both rocked black wayfarers to match their completely black ensemble. Usher went with the blacked out look while Justin went with smooth gradient lenses. Frequent collaborators Lil Jon and Kevin Rudolf wore similar thick-rimmed blacked out aviators to go with their rocker look. Winners of Best Rock Video for their song “Kings and Queens,” 30 Seconds to Mars looked futuristic in their frames with band members in flat tops, aviators and blacked out lenses.

Usher, Justin Bieber, Lil John, Kevin Rudolf, 30 Seconds to Mars

Photo Credit: Wireimage

Geek chic specs also made their mark on the evening.

All you “Gleeks” out there take note – both Amber Riley and Kevin McHale were seen rocking their nerdy frames. Amber was fabulously framed as she helped present the award for Best Pop Video in a black, sparkly tulle fringed dress that made for the perfect edgy look when paired with her frames. Kevin kept it preppy with a hipster edge in his thick black glasses and simple striped sweater atop a white collared shirt.

Amber Riley and Kevin McHale

Photo Credits: Wireimage and MTV

Matt Bennett, star of Nickelodeon’s show Victorious, went for the casual-grunge look, complete with messy curls and topped off with thick black frames.

Matt Bennett

Photo Credit: MTV

LMFAO singer Redfoo definitely wins the prize for having the frames that make the biggest statement! Known for always dressing with flair, Redfoo turned it up a notch and wore purple and black zebra print shorts with a neon zip-up hoodie. He wrangled in his frizzy fro with a pair of gigantic white, graphic frames. You might not want to take it to Redfoo’s extreme, but you’ve got to love his fearless style.

SkyBlu and Redfoo of LMFAO

Photo Credit: MTV

Name Your Price: Get Fashionably Framed Without Breaking the Bank

1 Sep

Want to know the best way to update your look this fall without breaking the bank? Invest in some new shades! “Just like with bags and shoes, there are new eyewear trends every season, meaning your sunglass wardrobe needs updating too,” says Charla Krupp, fashion expert and best-selling author of How Not to Look Old and How to Never Look Fat Again. Krupp is the go-to source for advice on using a well-shaped wardrobe to change or define your look.

According to The Vision Council, over 94 million pairs of sunglasses were purchased in the last year making them one of the most popular accessories. With options at every price point and for all lifestyles, it’s easy to build a sunwear collection filled with the latest trends. Top sunwear trends for fall include:

Cat-eyes

Shades evocative of the 50s and 60s run rampant this fall with cat-eyes reigning supreme. Neutral hues, tortoise and black frames channel the ladylike style of that time. For a fun, modern twist, try a splash of color.

Cat-eyes

Aviators

The aviator is a classic style and a staple in any sunwear wardrobe. This season options are endless as aviators appear in all varieties like classic metals, updated plastics, thick-rims and squared navigators.

Aviators

Geek Chic

Half nerd and half retro make one chic geek this fall. Top sunwear options in this trend are bookworm round and frames with strong browlines. Add a keyhole bridge to turn up the retro vibe. Add pops of color or two-tones for a more hipster look.

Geek Chic

In addition to knowing the trends, it’s equally important to know how to choose your shades. “Sunglasses are the first thing everyone sees so you definitely want to make that first impression a good one,” says Krupp. “It’s important to know what to look for to find the perfect pair of frames.” Here are four tips from Charla to keep you fashionably framed:

  1. Shape: Choose eyewear that contrasts frame shape with your face shape. If you have a round/curvy face, choose angular frames and if you have an angular face, choose rounded frames.
  2. Fit: Comfort is key. Frames should sit on the bridge of your nose without sliding down and temples should rest securely behind your ears. You should be able to move your head around freely without them moving.
  3. Proportion: Oversized shades are all the rage, but don’t confuse this trend with sunglasses that are just too big for your face. It’s ok for frames to cover your brows, but watch that the width doesn’t extend far beyond your face. Be sure eyes are centered behind the lenses.
  4. Protection: Be sure to purchase frames that offer maximum UV protection to shield your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. Opt for wrap-around shades to keep crow’s feet at bay.

Need new glasses? Think Geek.

19 Aug

“When it comes to eyeglasses, it’s cool to look like a nerd.”

That’s the word from the Houston Chronicle, which profiled one of the hottest eyewear trends for fall: Geek chic. The nerdy look – oversized plastic frames that appear almost too large for the face – is a nod back to the ’50s, when big, thick, dark plastic frames were popular. The Chronicle also notes that while men have embraced their inner nerd for the past few years, such glasses – particularly, cat-eye styles – have more recently become fashionable for the ladies.

Jackie Nasser, fashion editor of Lucky magazine, notes that celebrities have added fuel to the nerdy look trend, and she’s seeing more designers are offering oversize frames in different prints and patterns.

Read the full story here, and see our take on the latest fall trends (along with brand names and styles) in our recent blog post.

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