Thursday, 31 January 2013

Love affair #5: paintbrush brows and glasses

I must admit this is my favorite brow, though not my own, I am a cross between an angular and a soft arched (+ a few wild strands!), in fact I think a lot of people are a combination (natural or by plucking design) of different brow shapes. The reason I like paintbrush eyebrows is that, like I discovered when playing around with superfine ones, they look best when matched to glasses that don't quite follow their outline, like these first ones below.

artwork by Eyespectacle
artwork by Eyespectacle

artwork by Eyespectacle

The other thing I have noticed is that thicker eyebrows, like these, look even better with fine metal frames as they really show all the personality of thicker brows, no?

artwork by Eyespectacle


The glasses I used in my sketches are from, top to bottom: 1. Prism, 2. Warby Parker, 3. Claire Goldsmith, 4. Maison Martin Margiela for Cutler & Gross
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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Love affair #4: super fine arched brows and glasses

Nop, I haven't ALREADY forgotten the golden rule of choosing glasses to match your eyebrows...I just don't like to be too strict with rules. I like it when the shape of the brow complements the frame by gently modifying the overall outline and I had lots of fun playing around with frames and super fine eyebrows a la Pat Cleveland. These where the ones that showed the most intriguing combinations.

artwork by Eyespectacle


artwork by Eyespectacle

artwork by Eyespectacle

Of course, if you like to play it a little safer and you do prefer the shape of the frame to follow that of the brow, here are some other options...I am just not sure they can be described as "safe", sometimes safe just means not following the rules!

artwork by Eyespectacle
artwork by Eyespectacle

artwork by Eyespectacle


The glasses I used in my sketches are from, top to bottom: 1. Moscot, 2. L.G.R., 3. Moscot, 4. Oscar Magnuson, 5. L.G.R., 6. Archibald Optics
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Monday, 28 January 2013

Love affair #3: angular brows and glasses

I am back with more eyebrow shapes and today I am all about angular brows. They are supersexy, they have balls and...They are high maintenance! In fact, to ensure their strict geometry, every necessary hair has to be in the right place, every unnecessary one plucked, preferably by a heart surgeon! If this is your style and you wear glasses here are some great frame shapes. I like it the ones that don't quite follow the inclination of the brow but allows it to complement the frame (or some of the elements on it), like on the last three pictures...

artwork by Eyespectacle


artwork by Eyespectacle
artwork by Eyespectacle

artwork by Eyespectacle

artwork by Eyespectacle

If you would like to know who makes the frames I used in my sketches here they are, from top to bottom: 1. Prism, 2. Cutler and Gross, 3. Maison Martin Margiela for Cutler&Gross, 4. L.G.R. and 5. Claire Goldsmith.
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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Love affair #2: soft arched brows and glasses

If you have a big an important nose like mine you will find that dark and slightly arched brows complement them perfectly (you know the drill about matching glasses to brows, no?).


artwork by Eyespectacle

artwork by Eyespectacle

artwork by Eyespectacle


*another tip for "important" noses, remember that glasses with higher nose-bridge will give your nose a little more importance tan it deserves!

*As you already know, I am not endorsing any brands on this post but if you would like to know who makes the frames I used in my sketches here they are, from top to bottom: 1. L.G.R., 2. Maison Martin Margiela for Cutler&Gross, 3. Claire Goldsmith.
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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Love affair #1: straight brows and glasses

As you know, this week I am all about eyebrows...And today I am all about straight brows!

Interestingly, when putting together this post, I found that this seems to be one of the most versatile brow shapes when it comes to choosing glasses (remember Shobha's advice on my previous post? "pick glasses that follow the line of your brow"), here are some great shapes that will complement straight brows really nicely...
artwork by Eyespectacle

artwork by Eyespectacle

artwork by Eyespectacle

artwork by Eyespectacle

artwork by Eyespectacle

artwork by Eyespectacle

artwork by Eyespectacle






* Though I am not endorsing any brands on this post (they are just some of the ones I love!), some of you might like to know who makes the frames I used in my sketches: from top to bottom 1. Moscot, 2. Maison Martin Margiela for Cutler&Gross, 3. Moscot, 4. Claire Goldsmith, 5. Prism, 6-7. L.G.R.

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Monday, 21 January 2013

Raising eyebrows

My yoga teacher announced she was all about arms last week...Well, this week I am all about eyebrows! In fact, I am all about their relationship with glasses; which, sometimes is a difficult one, sometimes one filled with love...

I know that when choosing a pair of glasses there are many things to take into account: face shape, nose shape, colour of the frame (to complement your own), then there are the social conditioning of trends and fashion which may get in the way of independently choosing a frame that actually shows off your personality. All of this said eyebrows (and glasses!) have the ability to define who you are, so I think this is a good place to start when looking for a new pair of glasses.

Here is the first tip, not from me but from Shobha, a brow shaping parlour in NY City (yep, there are people that make beautiful eyebrows their mission in life, so it's got to be a serious matter, no?): you should always pick glasses that match the shape of your eyebrows (and not the other way round). I guess these Moo Piyasombatkul's frames will look after mine while I try to unriddle the mysteries behind the successful relationship between glasses and eyebrows. Stay tuned!

artwork by Eyespectacle
 
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Sunday, 20 January 2013

On the blackboard

If I where a man (a confident man!) I would dress like Sam and Shaka from Art Comes First, or rather I would have the same approach to men's fashion they do. What I like about them is that they are not trying to write a wardrobe check list for men to follow. Instead they have set out to inspire them (or to inspire women picturing themselves as a man) by saying "hey! my style reflects all the things I like, music, art, culture, fashion and fashion is expression of all of this and part of it as well...".

The other great thing about them is the fact that they base their style on pure knowledge of materials, craftsmanship, tradition...and they are able to move away from this and play with it, to make it their own. One of their recent projects is COAL, a collaboration with various designers on a range of garments and accessories based on the colour black coal and the very things that define it...a white shirt, a white font and light! Here are some pics of the people behind this project including the man behind their collaboration with Lotho on the eyewear, Aroun Ducroux (last picture, at the bottom).

photo by D. Pattinson

photo by D. Pattinson

photo by D. Pattinson

photo by D. Pattinson





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Saturday, 19 January 2013

Winter spring clean finds

Do you know the best thing about spring cleaning? mmmmhh...It's the therapeutic sense of relief that getting rid of unwanted stuff gives you...nop! Making space for new stuff...maybe. It's finding stuff! For a natural hoarder like me, spring cleaning is like (re)finding a treasure trove filled with all the things I found interesting aaaages ago and the wonderful feeling that comes with realizing (you where not wrong the first time round!) that I still find those things inspiring. The second best thing about spring cleaning is sharing my finds with you, here's one a 90s l.a. Eyeworks advertising campaign featuring Simon Rex Cutright (exactly, never heard of him before either...)

The third best thing about Spring cleaning? Following the (online)treasure hunt the things you find will take you on, so here are more pictures from that advertising campaign (and a mantra I wholly believe in!)...

Rene Russo and Vanessa Williams

Johns Waters and Arnold Schwarzenegger

Phranc and Patrick Dempsey

Iman and Sonia Braga

Debbie Harry and Jody Watley







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Sunday, 13 January 2013

Tips from the mountain top- ski goggles

I love London and city life, even though I grew up in a small town at the foot hills of the Dolomites, so naturally I always try to spend some time there whenever I can. Winters are harsh where I come from but frostbites are generally paid off by unparalleled views of the peaks and, of course, snowboarding! This is the best way to get really freezing cold and to collect lots of bruises allover your body but I love it! Ok, maybe in a masochistic kind of way but it is lots of fun to fly down immaculate slopes after years of frustrating attempts to look like you know what you are doing. The other perk is the joy of a hot shower and a hot chocolate, you do learn to appreciate the small things in life after a day on a mountain top!

There are so many things to consider when you decide to take on snowboarding, or any other winter sport, standing, taking the lift up to the slopes, getting off the lift without making a fool of yourself, the right board, boots, clothes...and ski goggles! And this is where I might be able to give you some advice (this applies to sunglasses, which I don't use but are good as well). I have tried many types and here are the ones that work best for me:

*Have two types of goggles or buy a pair with interchangeable lenses. One with a high filter category (darker lens) for bright sunny days (it's winter, I know, but the sun is super strong and it reflects off the snow). A pair with lighter, yellow lens for when it's hazy and grey or for when it's snowing. In these conditions the slope will look like a flat, white surface...when it is really isn't! So, if you actually want to see where you are going and to spot any dangerous bumps a yellow lens can be useful.

*If you can choose Polarised lens, they will help to reduce harsh glare. On a sunny day the slopes can reflect  sunlight like a mirror right into your eyes (yep, even bright sunshine can prevent you from seeing where you are going!)

Whether it's plain sunglasses or goggles that you decide to go for make sure you always wear them, they will protect your eyes from those pesky branches when you end up hugging a tree at high speed. A good helmet will protect your head!

All of this said my last piece of advice for you is to apply plenty of sunblock, or you will end up looking like this!

illustration by Eyespectacle


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Thursday, 10 January 2013

Tim Walker at Somerset House...hurry, last days!

I was going through some pictures (yep, you have noticed then...I do lots of eyewear-related browsing!) and found these very inspiring ones by Tim Walker, in fact if you are in London there is an exhibition of his recent works and a rare opportunity to see, on a large scale, some of his portraits and (of course!) those oversize props who literally fill the tiny rooms of Somerset House, pretty much in the same way they do on set. Until the 27th of January.

photo by Tim Walker





photo by Tim Walker


photo by Tim Walker




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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

My new glasses and jumper

A while ago I decided to move on from narrow glasses in favor of rounder shapes, not the small, perfectly round ones à la John Lennon but a little bit bigger and gheekier, preppy.

After ubiquitous narrow-rectangular shapes (you know the ones!!) have enjoyed world domination for aaaages now it's time for wider and softer shapes...In fact, I am going to let you in on a secret, the wider the frame the more you can see through it without too much head movement, bigger glasses are perfectly fitting with the old saying "more is more" and offer a wider field of vision...so I went for more, here are my latest ones (and the jumper I just had made when I went to my home town in Italy, ha!)
artwork by Eyespectacle





photo by Eyespectacle


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Saturday, 5 January 2013