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EXCLUSIVE: Peek Inside the Legendary Hearst Castle Through Oliver Peoples’ Lens


Perched high above the hills of San Simeon along California’s central coast, the Hearst Castle is a majestic relic of a once monumental dream. Oliver Peoples could think of no better destination to be the backdrop of its 2014 campaign, and no more fitting a model than Amanda Hearst, great-granddaughter of media magnate William Randolph Hearst, who developed the sprawling estate with architect Julia Morgan. Directed by Wyatt Troll, the short film, which debuts exclusively here, allows us to gaze upon the decadent landmark through Hearst’s eyes as she wanders through the castle’s 127 acres of gardens, hallowed halls, and pools. “Amanda captures the classic beauty and California lifestyle that is in our roots,” Oliver Peoples’ Larry Leight said of the campaign star. “The rich history of California and its creative culture of art and entertainment continue to inspire the 2014 collection,” he said of the eyewear brand’s latest lineup, which includes bold acetates and streamlined metals in shapes both intellectual and classic.

For Hearst, the campaign provided the chance to revisit the expansive family estate. “I wanted to highlight the history my family has in California,” Hearst said, admitting that every time she goes, she takes the guided tours just like everyone else. “To be able to walk through the rooms barefoot, dip my feet in the pools, touch the furniture…all that was incredibly special to me.” Furthermore, the shoot gave Hearst a renewed appreciation of her own heritage. “It was nice to pretend that I lived there for the day.”

A Tribe Called Mosley


It’s always sunny in Los Angeles, and for that, Mosley Tribes has come out with an assortment of new unisex shades—the Bensen, Carden, Colden, and Cosley, to match. Tribes (part of eyewear label Oliver Peoples) founder and creative director Larry Leight says of the collection’s inspiration, “Growing up in Los Angeles has given me an appreciation for the city and the many cultures that live within it. I am constantly inspired by what is going on around me in the diverse and vibrant landscape.” To show off the frames ($210 to $245), he assembled a tribe of L.A.-based creatives, Indio Downey (son of actor Robert Downey, Jr.), Dianne Garcia, Jun Cha, and Victor Garibay, and photographed them his favorite, distinct areas of the city. The ad campaign images will be up on the newly designed site today, but has a few of the exclusive shots of Garcia (wearing the clear Benson) and Downey (wearing the Cosley), above. The new collection is available now on

Photos: Courtesy of Mosley Tribes

The Soloist Tries Its First Duet


To rehearse an old line: Designer Takahiro Miyashita marches to the beat of his own drum. (Asked once about the inspiration for one of his collections, the Sphinxlike Miyashita said, “I don’t know—ask my brain.”) He was the genius behind the much-loved, much-missed menswear line Number (N)ine, which he shuttered in 2009. He returned the following year with a new, unisex label called, appropriately enough, The Soloist. The Soloist has remained a cult item, available sparingly outside of Japan and priced in the contemporary-art range. (New York’s IF is one of the rare U.S. stockists.) But this season, The Soloist has a new collaborator: Oliver Peoples. Miyashita worked with Peoples creative director Larry Leight on two styles—a round ($425) and a teardrop aviator ($455–520)—inspired by the frames of the twenties and thirties and in many cases, using stock parts from vintage pieces. (Where deadstock parts were not available, new ones were created on original tools for a similar effect.) The unisex frames come in optical and sunglass models; they’ll hit Oliver Peoples stores for Resort this month, and continue to roll out at department stores and boutiques through the spring.

Photo: Courtesy of Oliver Peoples

Killer Specs


“We wouldn’t even be here if it wasn’t for that,” said Oliver Peoples founder Larry Leight. He was referring to the O’Malley frame (above), one of the styles created at the brand’s launch in 1986, and soon to be reissued, along with two other classic frames, as a tribute to Peoples’ history.

Inspired by Andy Warhol and named after former L.A. Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley, the frames have since had an even more notorious mascot—American Psycho‘s Patrick Bateman, who wears them in the 2000 film. That’s a bit of historical accuracy, actually. Psycho is set in 1989, a time when Peoples were omnipresent on the fashion scene. “Wherever we went, we had every editorial in the world in 1986-1990,” Leight reminisced fondly at a preview in New York recently. He’s exaggerating—but not much.

The remade frames—beside the O’Malley, there’s the first frame the company produced, the filigreed OP-505, and the contrasting-tortoiseshell OP-1955—will be available in limited release at Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, and the brand’s own stores. They’ll be made in the Japanese factories that made the originals, so that everything—down to the thinness and coloration—remains the same. “We want to keep it so the frame never dies,” Leight explained. “Ever.” In that case, maybe best to keep them away from Bateman.
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