Goodbye, geek glasses: why aviators are this seasons biggest eyewear trend

Thick frames are out, and the classic pilots specs designed for aviation and then sold as sporting equipment are back, thanks to the vogue for the 70s look Music to your ears, or rather for your eyes: geek glasses the thick, dark acetate frames associated with Le Corbusier, SpongeBob SquarePants and last decades much-maligned hipster stereotype are on the wane. So claims the New York Times, anyway. It says that aviator-shaped glasses thin, steel or titanium frames, based on the shape worn by pilots during the second world war are this seasons frame of choice. If this seems unlikely, then keep looking. Luxottica, the Italian company with the monopoly on eyewear (Chanel, Persol and Ray-Ban frames are all sold through them) has noticed the same thing: Wired frames, and aviators in particular, have become more popular lately. So popular, in fact, that Ray-Ban relaunched its aviator opticals this year. Vision […] Read more »

Rei Kawakubo interview: Contemporary culture does not allow for nuance

The Japanese fashion designer has had a huge influence on what we wear ever since the late 1970s and this week she became the first living designer to be given a solo show at New Yorks Metropolitan Museum for 34 years The morning after Mondays gala launch of the Metropolitan Museums new fashion exhibition, the internet was awash with images of partygoers. Rihanna in latticed thigh-high boots, Madonna in cocktail camo print, Katie Perry veiled in blood red. However, it took a painstaking search to unearth just one photograph taken on the night of the woman for whom the party was held. Eventually, on the third slide of a New York Times party gallery after Kendall Jenner, before Jourdan Dunn I found a single image of Rei Kawakubo, the subject of the exhibition and guest of honour at the party. Kawakubo is wearing a white leather biker jacket zipped close […] Read more »