6 posts tagged "Ray-Ban"
News broke yesterday morning that Google has enlisted Luxottica—the company that crafts eyewear for such brands as Prada, Ray-Ban, Chanel, Versace, and beyond—to make Google Glass less hideous. That’s all good and fine—at least the Internet giant is placing an appropriate amount of importance on aesthetics. But I have to be honest: I am deeply tired of hearing about, writing about, and thinking about wearable tech. I have no desire to be hooked up to a device all day. The nonstop e-mail-induced vibrating of my iPhone already gives me heart palpitations, and I don’t need my rings, bracelets, and specs incessantly nagging me, too.
Considering Apple’s recent hires—Saint Laurent’s former CEO of special projects Paul Deneve and Burberry’s former CEO Angela Ahrendts—and Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s partnership with Intel, wearable tech is no doubt about to explode. And it has the potential to generate big business among Millennials who are lost without their tablets, smartphones, and various other gadgets. I’m just not interested in participating in this particular big bang.
That’s not to say that wearable tech isn’t impressive from, well, you know, a tech standpoint. I find it mind-boggling that a Nike Fuel Band has the capacity to track your steps and calories burned, and then spit that information out into the World Wide Web. However, I’m unsure why the world (or the NSA, for that matter) needs to know your, or my, workout routine. Nor do I enjoy being bombarded on Facebook by everyone’s “humble brags” about how many miles they ran today. I’ve unfriended people for less. But I digress.
As someone who has dedicated my life to fashion, I refuse to compromise on the appearance of a garment or accessory. I’d much prefer to spend my wages on a decadent pair of low-tech vintage sunnies than on a mediocre style with Wi-Fi.
Furthermore, when is enough tech enough? Despite the fact that it doubles as my career, fashion is my escape—and I think a lot of people feel that way. When I slip on a new dress or place my favorite hat upon my head, I get butterflies in my stomach. All my troubles dissolve (if only for an instant), and it’s as though I’ve been transported to my own personal sartorial oasis. Why on earth would I trade in those moments of bliss for a flashing frock with 4G capabilities?
And what’s so great about being connected all the time, anyway? Forever burned in my mind is an election party I attended in 2012. The invitees were educated, opinionated, entertaining, and dynamic, but for a good portion of the evening, I had to check their Twitter feeds in order to get their thoughts on the polls. What could have been a riveting few hours of discussion was diminished to a silent, nonstop tweet-fest. While I sat there with my iPhone tucked in my handbag (my mother always told me that it was rude to stare at one’s phone in social situations because it makes your company feel as though they’re not important), mumbling to myself, all I could think was, What a waste. Can you imagine how much worse this will become if we’re not required to take the extra step of reaching into our pockets to tweet, Instagram, e-mail, Facebook, etc.? If the Internet is latched onto our wrists or eyes, will we even speak to each other anymore?
Perhaps I’m a Luddite. And you know what? I’m OK with that. I’d prefer to be stuck in the last century than to look and live like some kind of Star Trekkian android.
Even so, I wish nothing but the best of luck to Google and Luxottica in making high-fashion face computers.
In case you missed it, pink is having a major moment this year. We fell in love with the bold pops of fuchsia at Alexander Wang, Thakoon, and dozens more Fall ’14 shows, and off the runway, we lost track of how many girls sported pastel pink coats and rosy accessories. In our book, pink looks pretty all year round. This spring, we’ll be wearing the hue head-to-toe for a sweet-meets-sophisticated look—e.g., a bubblegum jumpsuit with patent kitten heels—or in small doses with a flushed lip or translucent sunnies. Shop our favorite pink pieces from Valentino, Ray-Ban, Catherine Malandrino, and more, below.
1. Catherine Malandrino Favorites Strapless Silk Jumpsuit, $425, available at neimanmarcus.com
2. Ray-Ban Ice Pop Sunglasses in Pink, $160, available at neimanmarcus.com
3. Sisley Paris Phyto-Lip Twist in Baby, $50, available at neimanmarcus.com
4. Oscar de la Renta Bold Pear-Shaped Drop Clip-On Earrings in Sorbet, $295, available at neimanmarcus.com
5. Valentino Rockstud Patent Low-Heel Slingback in Pink, $945, available at neimanmarcus.com
Between Chloé’s surfboard-ankle-strap sandals, M Missoni‘s ode to Venice Beach, and the aquatic-inspired athletic wear at Hervé Léger, surfing was certainly the sport of choice at the recent Resort ’14 presentations. If you’re planning on catching some waves this summer, why not do so in style? Shop our chic yet practical surfing picks from Lisa Marie Fernandez, Chanel, Missoni, and more, below.
1. Missoni towel, $230, available at www.net-a-porter.com
2. Lichtenstein water bottle, $28, available exclusively at www.barneys.com
3. Chanel surfboard, price upon request, available at www.chanel.com
4. Lisa Marie Fernandez swimsuit, $430, available at www.net-a-porter.com
5. Ray-Ban Wayfarer, $155, available at www.ray-ban.com
Essayist and humorist Nora Ephron (pictured, above), considered one of her era’s most successful screenwriters and filmmakers, passed away last night at 71 years old. Ephron, famous for comedy hits Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally, had pneumonia caused by acute myeloid leukemia. [NYT]
Louis Vuitton is not the only one on a high-fashion jewelry kick. Versace has announced the launch of an Atelier jewelry collection this Sunday at the Italian brand’s Couture show in Paris. The range includes 16 hand-sculpted rings made of precious stones from diamonds to sapphires. “As a designer and collector of fine jewelry, I have always wanted to offer the same quality of craftsmanship in jewelry as we offer with the Atelier Versace fashion collection,” said Donatella Versace. [WWD]
It sure pays to have designer friends. Newlywed Margherita Missoni made her first outing as a married woman at the Missoni menswear show in Milan, carrying a transparent, pearlized bag by Paco Rabanne. The bag was a gift from the designer, who crafted the piece just for Missoni. [Vogue U.K.]
To mark the anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, the pop icon’s brothers Tito and Jackie Jackson threw a dinner for 25 people on the Upper East Side Monday night before continuing the evening at the Apollo Theatre, where they rehearsed for their sold-out gig tomorrow with brothers Jermaine and Marlon. Downtown, the toast continued with the fourth annual Remember the Time Michael Jackson Tribute Party hosted by Andre Harrell and Richie Akiva. [Page Six]
Ray-Ban is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its classic Aviator sunglasses with a limited-edition collection of the style. Two iconic versions, the Shooter and the Outsdoorsman, have been redesigned with photo-chromatic yellow lenses that get darker as the sun gets brighter. There have only been 18,000 pairs produced worldwide. The specs will be sold at select Ray-Ban stores. [The Hollywood Reporter]
French actress Elisa Sednaoui has recently been given the Lagerfeld seal of approval—he cast her in his Resort film Remember Now—so you can bet she’s got style in spades. She filled Modelinia in on her five fashion essentials (including a pair of heels from her actual godfather, Christian Louboutin). [Modelinia]
Can Ray-Ban work its magic again? The label made its Wayfarer frames into the go-to style for hipsters, Lohans, and ladies-about-town, and it’s hoping to strike gold again with a revamped line of aviators. Time will tell, but a high-profile event tonight with Iggy Pop and the Virgins isn’t a bad way to kick things off. [WWD]
Sad news from the world of modeling: French catwalker Noémie Lenoir—who recently trod the boards for Vuitton—is reportedly recovering following a suicide attempt. Beverly Peele, meanwhile, is in critical condition following a car accident last night. [Huffington Post/Fashionologie]
Marc Jacobs hasn’t been seen in his skirts much lately, but according to a tipster, he was spotted in his trademark kilt at NYC jury duty this morning. Guess the full-length Halston gown is just for special occasions. [Gawker]
And we hear from Saint-Tropez that Lara Stone (pictured) is getting hitched this weekend. We’ll believe it when we see it, but…