Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Vintage Spectacles & Sunglasses

My latest blog for the FT's How to Spend It is on vintage specs (you can read it online here). I just had to post a selection of images to go with it... who can resist Marlon Brando in glasses?!

Audrey Hepburn

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte in Cannes

Grace Kelly

Grace in amazing cats-eye frames

...on the set

...on holiday an awards dinner Princess of Monaco (casual)

... and in rehearsal.

Marilyn in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Marilyn with Betty Grable 

The irresistible Romy Schneider

Fashion Editor Carrie Donovan

Ava Gardner

Costume Designer Edith Head

Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

James Dean reading poetry

Insanely handsome. 

Gregory Peck

Marlon Brando

Paul Newman

There are various eyewear companies out there who have fantastic ranges of retro-inspired sunglasses and spectacles:

Black Eyewear

Marc Jacobs 

Tom Ford Eyewear

Clamp Cambridge

I met lovely Daniel and Gwendoline from Clamp Cambridge when they asked to use one of our vintage gowns in their ad campaign. The is the actual dress: 

The dress is available to buy in our online boutique.

Modern-day girls love their retro specs too:

Dita with familiar 

Eva Mendes

Eva is a huge fan of vintage fashion. Click on this link to view a selection of her retro outfits. 

I have a pair of 'back-up' specs which are quite similar to the ones my granny used to wear. You can't see the colour in this photo but the top of the frames are bright violet. Not sure what is going on with my hands here. Having a little Ave Maria moment!


Feel free to recomend other eyewear companies in the comments.  

Next time: Retro-inspired swimwear


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