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Get Carter: The Sunglass

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Simon Spurr’s Spring collection hits the runway this morning and, the designer said at a preview at his studio last week, he was inspired by a seventies YSL vibe on some of the season’s safari-inspired pieces. But the sixties are an evergreen influence, personally and professionally. “If I could reincarnate myself, I’d be 21 in 1963,” he said with a laugh. “That way, I’d get England winning the World Cup, too.” He’d also likely get a lot of glasses like those he’s debuting at his presentation today. Made in collaboration with Selima Salaun of Selima Optique, the four plastic frames (handmade in France, $375) and one metal frame (handmade in Italy, $395) hark back to the swaggering film stars of the early sixties, and the swaggering characters they played, for whom they’re named. There’s Carter and Alfie and Charlie and Carlyle, but my favorite’s the Caine (as in Michael), above. It’s era-appropriate but not a slavish reproduction. Thanks to a production kink, a few black pairs got brown arms. Spurr liked the look and kept it. Sixties Caine wouldn’t have approved, but I do.

Photo: Courtesy of Simon Spurr

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