It’s All about the Eyewear


With summer truly upon us, and a new fashion series soon to launch in the TFCB imprint, I’ve been thinking a lot about…eyewear. The New York Times had a small piece in last Thursday’s Style section about the Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses that Audrey Hepburn wore in the 1961 film version of Truman Capote’s novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s (film still above featuring Audrey in said sunglasses). I love the look and have a similar pair, though they’re smaller, and okay, they’re bifocals.

image Lady Gaga has also caught my attention for her eyewear–and for her general sense of outre style. She won the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) 2011 Fashion Icon Award last week, accepting the honor in a black, studded bustier/skirt/thong-cum-train outfit by Thierry Mugler and platform shoes sporting heels so high she required assistance to walk. Wow. I thought my 4-inch Louboutin pumps (right) were tricky enough.

Grantedimage, no eyewear with that particular outfit, but did you know that Lady Gaga is the creative director for Polaroid? The association was announced last year, and as part of the Polaroid Grey Label, co-designed with Gaga, the company launched a number of products this January, including a pair of camera sunglasses (left, at the Las Vegas launch) that a person can wear outdoors for protection from the sun—and take photos with them too!

image Sunglasses gained popularity as a fashion accessory in the 1940s, partly because Hollywood stars began wearing them for genuine protection from the California sun. Doesn’t Ginger look swell in this beach shot? Who would have imaged that some 70 years later, Ginger could have been taking a camera-glasses photo of whomever had caught her eye off-frame?

If you have a pair of the Gaga camera glasses, take a photo with them and send it to us! As long as it’s not NSFF, we’d love to post it.

Check in next week for more from TFCB!