Thursday, 4 March 2010

Eyewear Inspiration

Philip Jonhson (architect), Andy Warhol, Isaiah Berlin (philosopher), Marilyn Monroe, Eero Saarinen (architect and designer).

David Hockney, Jarvis Cocker, Jean-Paul Sartre (philosopher), Sophia Loren, Woody Allen.

Arthur Miller, The Beatles, Pierre Cardin, Gary Card (designer), Giorgio Morandi (artist).

Roy Orbison (musician), Buddy Holly, Agatha Christie (writer), Michael Caine, I.M. Pei (architect).

Carol Channing (actress), Alfred Brendel (classical pianist), Colin Firth (in Tom Ford's A Single Man), William S Burroughs (writer), Arne Jacobsen (architect and designer).

Michael Caine, Grace Kelly, Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent, Carrie Donovan (fashion editor).

Edith Head (costume designer), Aaron Copland (classical composer), following three images of Le Corbusier.

Eleanor Roosevelt, Dave Brubeck (musician), Alber Elbaz, Iris Apfel (style icon), Iris and Carl Apfel, Irving Paul "Swifty" Lazar (Hollywood mogul).

I was going to make this post just about the good feature GQ.com recently did on stylish spectacles (here), but then I thought it would be more interesting to research famous and iconic glasses wearers. The only list I could find was some imbecilic 'survey' commisioned by a low-grade British optician that put Elton John as the most iconic glasses wearer, and the host of a cheesy makeover show within the top 10 - pass the bucket. So instead I dug to the depths of my cultural knowledge, putting into Google the names of hundreds and hundreds of people who I vaguely thought might be glasses wearers, and then I researched some more, finally coming up with the pictures here.

I am really excited about this post... it is such a varied and interesting group of people brought together by their stylish eyewear, all so distinct and accomplished. Forget worshipping the latest Jak & Jil 'icon' for their flashy materialistic acroutments... these people are the real deal, the real icons. Achieving even just one tenth of what most of the people here achieved (while wearing stylish eyewear) would be an impressive feat, and that is what we should be aspiring to, not merely to owning the latest Proenza bag or Balmain boots.

I love heavy-rimmed glasses, with thick plastic frames. I just find eyewear so exciting, and anyone who dares to wear bold glasses immediately gets my attention... excluding, that is, all the pretenders who parade around in crappy Urban Outfitters and Topshop cheapo, poser glasses, but I can distinguish Cutler & Gross, Moscot, Oliver Peoples, Dita, Lanvin... from $15 made-in-China, non-prescription rubbish from a mile away.

The two pairs which I have are the Theroux frame by Moscot Originals (top) and a Lanvin pair which I bought in Paris (bottom). I'm not going to post a picture of myself wearing glasses because, set against all the amazing people above, it would just be an embarrassement.


The next pair which I am planning to get is, oddly enough, Dolce & Gabbana (with no external logos):



Are there any glasses wearers I've missed who should be here?

29 comments:

  1. Loving all the quirky and cool eye wear variations. Those Lanvins look amazing!

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  2. Not sure where I stand on the round Himmler-esque frames. The're really big with Dutch academics though, so that's a bonus.

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  3. lovely section and good point about the whole OH I NEED THIS NEW HANDBAG whatsover. with that said, i actually just got a pair of moscot lemtosh glasses in tortoise in addition to my black wayfarers : ))

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  4. great post! do you think someone with perfect vision should be allowed to wear clear lense glasses because of the fashion? or is that just a bit daft?

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  5. Peter, great post. I think it would be nice if had put a Truman Capote photo.

    Marcelo Quaglio

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  6. I've always admired David Hockney's look....and the fact that Gary Card looks like the love child of Warhol + Hackney (despite it not being biologically possible)

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  7. You forgot Peter Sellers!

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  8. Ah good old Le Corb, he was the first person that popped into my head. Being an architect, that was a given though.

    I've been looking for a re-hash of some Tom Ford glasses that came out about 2-3 years ago, I find his recent frames lacking a bit... I'll keep searching.

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  9. I love these glasses I have one ..and I love it so much..I need to buy a bow tie now

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  10. Great post! eclectic personalities - amazing taste

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  11. Were you in London yesterday? I think i may of seen you or someone else that was VERY well dressed.

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  12. Um, I was in East London yesterday evening.. I don't think I was very well dressed though, and I was certainly a little worse for wear..!

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  13. Mary-Kate Olsen, John Lennon, & Marcus Holmlund

    http://smokeandmirrorsblog.com/about/

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  14. Haha! oh dear, you are a very sweet boy . I think i have a little bit of a crush on you <3

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  15. Great post - I love the way you've mixed pictures from past and present. Oliver Goldsmith is the other massive glasses brand on its way back...

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  16. > Are there any glasses
    > wearers I've missed who
    > should be here?

    Groucho!

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  17. Nahhh! I'd rather go blind thatn having to wear ANY of those. Funny how fashion sometimes has to cross the ridicule border line, right?

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