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April 20 2014

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5 posts tagged "Selima Optique"

The Split-Second Preview: Creatures of the Wind

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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

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“Up until six months ago, I thought OpenSky was an airline,” CFDA CEO Steven Kolb admits. For those in the same boat, OpenSky.com 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 Style.com exclusive video (above), Swanepoel talks about the four exclusive hats he made for the program.

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

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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 www.jcrew.com; Linda Farrow Luxe square-frame acetate optical glasses, $500, available at www.net-a-porter.com; Moscot Miltzen-T second-edition matte glasses, $425, available at www.moscot.com; Illesteva Lenox Half Half, $230, available at www.illesteva.com; Oliver Peoples Sheldrake, $315, available at www.barneys.com.

Photos: Courtesy

A New Eyewear Collection Ready For Its Close-up

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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

London Calling, For A Short Time Only

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It’s midlife, without the crisis. Graham Cutler and Tony Gross’ London-based eyewear label Cutler and Gross turns 40 this year, and they’re celebrating, not hand-wringing. The duo is toasting four decades of handmade shades—including that recent victory, the much requested pair sported by villain Mathieu Amalric in the latest Bond flick, Quantum of Solace—by heading stateside. New York real estate prevented a quick move into a permanent location, but one of the line’s long-term stockists, Selima Salaun, stepped in to help: The store is hosting a C&G pop-up shop in its Noho boutique through April.

“It was a really easy choice. I like their pieces because they’ve stayed really focused even through all these years,” Salaun said. “It’s not always easy to follow an independent path.” While you’ll still need to trek to London for the brand’s coveted designer collaborations, like the latest with Victoria Beckham for Spring 2010, chances are you won’t leave squinting: Over 400 styles are on offer (a few of our favorites, above), including vintage frames spanning the company’s entire career.

Frames, $425 each; Cutler and Gross’ temporary shop-in-shop runs from Friday, January 22, to Sunday, April 25, at Bond 07 by Selima, 7 Bond St., NYC, (212) 677-8487, www.selimaoptique.com.

Photo: Steven Torres