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6 posts tagged "Selima Optique"

Basketballer Russell Westbrook to Become Barneys’ MVP


barneysBarneys New York has announced a partnership with one of the NBA’s de facto style stars, Russell Westbrook. The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard has famously shown a certain brio when it comes to postgame attire, which some note has rubbed off on other league members. Now Westbrook will bring that élan to Barneys’ XO Exclusively Ours, curating a capsule of pieces from the likes of Marcelo Burlon County of Milan, Selima Optique (oversize red specs, anyone?), Nike Jordan, and Del Toro, among others. The more than sixty-piece offering will be available in stores and online from mid-July. And with a roster like that, we’d imagine Barneys has a slam dunk on its hands.

Photo: NBAE/Getty Images 

The Split-Second Preview: Creatures of the Wind


As we enter into a month of fashion shows, we’ve asked some of this season’s biggest stars and most anticipated new talents to offer a sneak peek. Naturally, it’s a busy time for everyone—designers and fashion watchers alike—so we’re pioneering the split-second preview: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. To view all of our Fall ’13 previews, click here.

WHO: Creatures of the Wind, designed by Shane Gabier and Chris Peters

WHERE: New York, NY

WHEN: Thursday, February 7

WHAT: “Contemporary 60s-inspired sunglasses x Selima Optique, hand-painted fabrics x Aline Cautis, jewelry x Pamela Love, shoes x Tabitha Simmons.” —Gabier and Peters sent us a shot of their collaborative Selima Optique sunglasses, above.

OpenSky’s The Limit


“Up until six months ago, I thought OpenSky was an airline,” CFDA CEO Steven Kolb admits. For those in the same boat, is actually a new e-commerce site that offers members (sign-up is free and open to anyone) access to a virtual cabinet of celebrity and expert curators. Members to the site choose the experts—spanning fields from fashion to design to food to fitness and including Julianne Moore, Carolyn Murphy, Lori Goldstein, and more—that most appeal to them, and can then shop items said experts curate for the site. Starting tomorrow, you can count the CFDA among them. As part of a new initiative, OpenSky members will be able to buy exclusive accessories from CFDA members including Diane von Furstenberg, House of Waris’ Waris Ahluwalia, Albertus Swanepoel, Selima Optique, and Fallon’s Dana Lorenz.

“We wanted to start with accessories since American accessories are the best and they never get the spotlight they deserve,” Kolb explains. “But ultimately it is the CFDA’s dream to sell something from all 400 CFDA designers.” Until then, designers like Swanepoel, a milliner, are enjoying their moment in the spotlight. “It is amazing exposure for my small brand,” he says. “I do not currently have e-retailers on board, so this is a first for me.” Here, in this exclusive video (above), Swanepoel talks about the four exclusive hats he made for the program.

“Four-Eyes”? With These, It’ll Be A Compliment


As summer shades into fall, the sunglasses start to retreat. That’s no reason to go without specs, especially when brands new and old are coming out with chic optical options like these. From more-the-merrier collaborations (like Selima Optique’s longstanding project with J.Crew) to ultra-luxe pairs from Linda Farrow to classic styles (like Moscot’s Miltzen, worn by Andy Warhol and John Lennon) updated for the here and now, the new frames on the market will work with every wardrobe—whether you actually need glasses or not. Since when is fashion about necessity, anyway?

From the top: Selima Optique for J.Crew crystal-clear glasses, $325, available at; Linda Farrow Luxe square-frame acetate optical glasses, $500, available at; Moscot Miltzen-T second-edition matte glasses, $425, available at; Illesteva Lenox Half Half, $230, available at; Oliver Peoples Sheldrake, $315, available at

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A New Eyewear Collection Ready For Its Close-up


No question, photographer Dusan Reljin has a good eye—he’s shot for just about every fashion magazine you could name, from Dazed to V and just about everyone in between. And a good eye deserves good accessories, which Selima Optique’s Selima Salaun is only too happy to provide. Reljin and Salaun first met years ago over a pair of specs, and their mutual respect has come together in a capsule collection (a first, it goes without saying, for the lensman). The hand-cut Mazzuchelli acetate frames come in optical and sunglass models in four styles. “I was like a kid discovering Legos for the first time,” Reljin said, of jumping into the design process. At a preview this morning, the photographer was wearing a pair of slightly squashed round frames in a smoky, clear plastic (the same shape as the top pair above), but we’re just as partial to the squared-off version (middle) and a futuristic spin on the aviator. They’ll be available in two weeks at Selima Optique’s Bond Street store, which, we discovered this morning, also boasts a trove of vintage Lanvin scarves, Hermès luggage, and Chanel wallets.

$385, available next month at Bond 07 by Selima, (212) 677-8487.

Photos: Courtesy of Selima Optique