Celebrity Eyewear Trends

Gold and black by Dolce & Gabbana

Gold and black by Dolce & Gabbana

Gone are the days when glasses were unfashionable and geeky. Eyewear has become a huge statement piece in the fashion world. Many celebrities wear glasses with pride, and they have even made their way onto the red carpet.

Kate Winslet and Patricia Arquette turned heads wearing thick-rimmed black glasses and black cat-eye glasses respectively with their gowns at the Academy Awards, and men like Steve Carrell, Jimmy Napes, and Brad Goreski were proudly sporting their eyewear on the red carpet as well. Men wearing glasses on the red carpet is not uncommon, but Winslet and Arquette’s statement eyewear sparked discussion and helped cement the fact that glasses for women are in no way unflattering, but totally chic. Designer eyewear was found in abundance at the Met Gala, where the technology theme offered a lot of opportunities for unique accessories. Justin Bieber’s gold wire and black sunglasses made a bold statement, while Lena Dunham, Jenni Konner, and Jenna Lyons wore squared off glasses with thick black frames. The style “geek-chic” is trendy right now, as seen in publications like VOGUE magazine, and the frames seen on the red carpet fit right into this genre of fashion. Eyewear collections by designers like Vera Wang (Salon collection) and Dior are the perfect place to start looking for these types of frames.

A new trend for women are either tortoise frames with colorful sides, or solid colored frames with tortoise or patterned sides. Styles like these are bold and make a big statement, even in soothing colors like dusty blue or grey, as seen on stars like Gigi Hadid. Thick black frames are in for men and women alike. Actors like Eddie Redmayne and Ryan Reynolds have been seen wearing these classic and complementary styles. Frames by Original Penguin fit the bill to achieve this look. Another trendy look for men is rounded glasses, as seen on Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Tom Ford and Giorgio Armani have collections of eyewear that match these styles. Rounded rectangular frames like Jennifer Aniston’s are a classic look for any woman, while clear frames like Ty Burrell and Jaime King’s are becoming a popular statement. Wire accents like those found on Cate Blanchet’s glasses are very trendy and make a unique statement, as do two-toned glasses like Chloë Sevigny and Emmy Rossum’s. Which celebrity eyeglasses trend is your favorite? Come to Good Looks Eyewear in Cranberry or Pittsburgh to shop our designer collections and find the perfect frames to replicate that Hollywood look!

Match Frame Colors to Your Complexion

You’re picking out the frames for your glasses! How exciting! Remember, it’s important to look at color as well as shape. Your frames can be both colorful and complementary. Even though it’s easy to go with black or brown to play it safe, thinking that they’ll match with everything, it’s important to consider how the color of the frames aligns with your skin tone and hair color. Something more colorful might just look better with you complexion  and help you make a statement!

When matching glasses to your skin tone, think fire and ice. Let me explain. If your skin is cooler in tone, plum, pink, jade, black, and blue frames look great. Look at “icy” colors, including silver, charcoal, rosy pinks, or purples. Warmer skin tones go best with colors you would see in a fire. They are complemented by red, coral, copper, off-white, and tortoise frames, as well as some warm shades of blue.

Amber tortoise frames by Jhane Barnes

Amber tortoise frames by Jhane Barnes for warm skin tones

Translucent frames by Penguin brand

Translucent frames by Penguin brand for cool skin tones

Hair color is another factor to consider. People with fair hair and cool skin tones tend to look better in darker frames, which create a contrast to their light complexion. Just avoid colors like yellow! They will wash you out.

Embellished cat-eye frames from Bvlgari

Embellished cat-eye frames from Bvlgari

Black and purple statement frames by Dior

Black and purple statement frames by Dior

Dark haired people with both warm and cool skin tones can wear bold pinks, blues, tortoise, and black, but it’s best to reserve shades of purple, green, and white for those with cooler skin only!

Classic tortoise frames by Dior

Classic tortoise frames by Dior

Gold and black by Dolce & Gabbana

Gold and black by Dolce & Gabbana

If you have red hair, strong frame colors are great! Green, warm neutrals, and black-and-white are also very complimentary if you prefer something less bold.

Green glasses by Coach

Green frames by Coach

Translucent frames by Hackett

Translucent frames by Hackett

Finally, if your hair is gray or white, bright colors like red are excellent choices. They brighten your face and give you a bold statement. Slightly translucent pinks, lilacs, and blues are also complementary. Styles with upturned sides also help brighten and lift the face. Avoid browns and other “drab” colors, as they will wash you out.

 

Translucent purple and floral frames by bebe

Translucent purple and floral frames by bebe

Next time you’re looking at frames, don’t be afraid to go bold! Consider your complexion and try on some of those more unique colors to find your perfect match! Good Looks Eyewear offers a wide selection of designer eyewear in many colors and styles at their Cranberry and Pittsburgh locations. Contact us or stop by to take a look!

Maintaining Good Ocular Health

What Is Ocular Health?

Ocular health is, simply, the health of our eyes. Our eyes capture light and then work with our brains to help us see. Good ocular health is defined as having vision that is 20/20 or better with or without correction, and disease free eyes.

What Threatens Ocular Health?

Unfortunately, our eyes are constantly being exposed to things that can harm our vision. Whether it is UV from the sun or blue light from our extensive use of digital devices, we are constantly jeopardizing our ocular health. Blue light especially is a huge concern, as we spend a lot of time looking at our phones, computers, televisions, and tablets. This can cause digital eye strain and hurt our retinas. We can also strain our eyes by reading in bad lighting.

What Can You Do To Maintain Ocular Health?

It is very important to get your eyes checked frequently! Whether you are an adult or a child, regular check-ups are vital to maintaining good ocular health. Eye exams catch eye diseases early on so that they can be treated and controlled. They also look for refractive errors, which affect your vision by causing nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatisms. These sorts of issues can be corrected by prescription lenses, contacts, or in some cases, surgery. Along those lines, eye exams help you make sure that your prescriptions are up to date and correcting your vision, instead of harming you with the wrong ones! We can protect our eyes from UV by wearing good sunglasses and we can filter out the blue light with special blue light blocking lenses.

Why Is Getting Your Eyes Checked Now So Important?

It is important for people, especially students, to get their eyes checked at this time of year! If you are about to go back to school for the fall, you want to make sure your vision is where you thought it was, and that you have the right prescription. Many people think that they have 20/20 vision, but an eye exam reveals that they actually need some sort of prescription! Your current prescription could also be out of date, and you might need a new one to best correct your vision. Get your eyes checked to make sure you can catch any problems early on and get the right glasses, contacts, or surgery to correct your vision and maintain good ocular health!

The Danger of UV

Most of us have heard about how UV, which stands for ultraviolet radiation, is dangerous. It is invisible light, and only some of it is blocked by the ozone layer. It can cause sunburn and skin cancer. But UV isn’t just bad for your skin. It’s also harmful to your eyes. UV can be linked to plenty of eye problems, from eye strain and temporary vision loss (often called “Snow Blindness”) to cataracts. It can also cause macular degeneration, which is damage of the retina that can lead to permanent vision loss, through prolonged exposure to UV and blue light. As you head outside this summer (and during the rest of the year), it is important to be aware of the effects UV can have on your eyes, and to protect them.

We experience high risk of UV exposure in the great outdoors. Open spaces with sand, snow, or water are higher risk areas, as more UV is reflected off the light surfaces. You’ll find these conditions at the beach, ski slopes, or a lake. It is important to wear sunglasses when you are outside, especially in these settings. UV is also most intense around midday, when the sun is high in the sky. That doesn’t mean, however, that you don’t need to wear eye protection on cloudy days. Cloud cover does not block UV rays, and you are still at risk even when you can’t see the sun.

Because of the damaging effects of UV rays, and our high risk of exposure outside, it is important to purchase good sunglasses. When you choose sunglasses, keep UV in mind. Sunglass lenses have different levels of UV protection, and it’s important to choose a pair that is 100% UV blocking. It’s ideal to purchase a pair that have UV protection on both the front and back of the lenses, and styles that wrap around your face a bit protect your peripheral vision as well. Polarized lenses go a step further and block even more intense glare. Come by Good Looks Eyewear’s Cranberry or Pittsburgh locations to browse our selection of UV-blocking sunwear.

Vera Wang Eyewear

One of Good Looks Eyewear’s main suppliers for frames is Kenmark Optical. Kenmark offers a portfolio of designer brands, including Kensie, and Original Penguin, but the line we’re focusing on today is Vera Wang. I recently had the opportunity to speak to David Duralde, the lead designer for Vera Wang Eyewear at Kenmark, about their work and the process that brings us the beautiful Vera Wang eyewear styles that we know and love.

“The work at Kenmark is an intellectual and creative collaboration between the production team at Kenmark and the fashion team from the designer.” Says Duralde.

Kenmark is a unique operation. Each brand has an in-house designer, but they work directly with the fashion designers whose names are on the finished product. Kenmark works with designers who want to be involved in the process, to the point that the final product can truly be called their design. Vera Wang in particular is very involved in the creation of her eyewear. Known for her innovative designs and ability to capture the style of the modern American woman in her collections, Vera Wang brings her values and personal flare to the eyewear collections and is deeply involved in the design process from beginning to end. According to Duralde, his role at Kenmark is to support Wang with the technical side of things while she gives the fashion direction.

OCTAVIA from the Vera Wang Salon collection, found at Good Looks Eyewear

OCTAVIA from the Vera Wang Salon collection, found at Good Looks Eyewear

Both the technical and fashion designers have a style obligation: to make people feel good and look good, and Vera Wang and the production team at Kenmark spare no time or expense to fulfill that obligation. The development cycle for eyewear lasts 9-15 months, and involves discussions about color themes, moods, shapes, and patterns for the collection. Kenmark designers then take that information and use it as a basis for the first drafts of eyewear sketches, which Wang edits herself. When prototypes are made of best designs, she tries them on to assess their comfort, detail, and quality. There are often more rounds of edits and prototypes before the final design is approved.

According to Duralde, it is very important to Wang that her designs are appropriate, balanced, and composed, as they are worn by a diverse group of women in many different settings. Every woman wearing Vera Wang eyewear must look fabulous, chic, and at the top of her game. The pieces must fulfill these criteria before Wang will put her name and label on them. This makes the process and the final product very personalized. Wang herself is the hardest critic because she won’t sell something that she wouldn’t wear herself. In fact, she is often seen wearing pieces from her eyewear lines!

The Vera Wang collections use components that are sourced from all over the world. A single pair of frames might contain hinges from Austria, plastics from Japan, and a nose pad from France, Duralde told me. Outsourcing allows Kenmark and Vera Wang to achieve the exact colors, textures, and quality they desire without limitation in materials. The use of unique components from global sources is part of Wang’s innovative philosophy.

As you can see, Vera Wang pays great attention to detail. Jewel work, as seen in the Luxe collection, is hand-drawn and cast into the frames using the same techniques as fine jewelers. These aren’t just gems glued to the frames, and they add dimension to the piece while giving the customer confidence in the quality and durability of the design.

“Our mission is to make your patients look beautiful.” Duralde told me. “We aren’t just throwing something together and hoping the frames will sell.”

Kenmark and Vera Wang work hard to make sure that every piece has a background of careful planning to embody the designer’s values and appeal to women throughout America. The quality work, technique, and attention to detail that make up the total design show how Vera Wang fulfills this mission. The frame shapes are hand drawn, so the curves are all unique and never cookie-cutter, based on the lines of a face and what complements it. Kenmark and Vera Wang are always keeping eyewear professionals and customers in mind while they create their products.

TAFFE from the Vera Wang Luxe collection, found at Good Looks Eyewear

TAFFE from the Vera Wang Luxe collection, found at Good Looks Eyewear

David Duralde says that his favorite part of the design process is fitting people for frames at trunk shows. He finds the greatest excitement in finding the perfect pair of frames for a woman, and seeing how happy she feels in them. To witness people feeling so good and so beautiful in the styles his team has worked so hard to create is very fulfilling.

“Seeing the finished products on the people that they were created for, and seeing the excitement they cause, is where the love and passion for what we do comes from.” 

Due to Vera Wang’s passion for innovation, endless curiosity, and boundary pushing, the collection is always moving and changing. The goal is to go out, find what’s next, and bring it back. In order to design what people will be wearing next year, the team must immerse themselves in studying, living, and breathing the future before it even happens! It’s a creative road and Kenmark and Vera Wang want their customers to be part of that journey!

Good Looks Eyewear in Cranberry and Pittsburgh offers Vera Wang Salon and Luxe collections. Come by to experience Vera Wang’s innovative designs!

Fight Glare with Polarized Lenses

Summer is upon us! That means warmer, longer days and more opportunities to get outside and relax, but as soon as you go outside your door, you find yourself squinting in the sunlight…even with your sunglasses on! What’s up with that? The too-bright light you are experiencing is called glare.

What Causes Glare?

Glare is excessive brightness, and it is caused by highly concentrated light being reflected off a surface. It is much brighter than the rest of your surroundings, and is painful to look at. While you can experience glare from TV or computer screens, some of the most severe glare is found in the great outdoors. As the weather gets warmer and you head outside to play golf, fish, boat, or participate in other outdoor activities, you need to be aware of the effect glare can have on your eyes.

How Does Glare Affect Our Vision?

As that highly concentrated light reflects off of the surfaces around you, your eyes are exposed to excessive brightness. This glare distorts your vision and can make it difficult to see. While it’s not safe to perform activities with impaired vision, glare has much more harmful effects. Glare is one of the leading causes of eye strain and can cause long term damage.

What Is The Solution?

One of the best ways to combat glare is to wear glasses with polarized lenses. Polarized lenses block the intense light you experience outside with a special filter, greatly reducing the glare. This clears your vision and protects your eyes! Maui Jim is the leading brand in sunglasses with polarized lenses. They offer the greatest style, comfort, and protection on the market! Good Looks Eyewear offers 77 unique styles of Maui Jim sunwear at both its Cranberry and Pittsburgh locations.

Maui Jim styles for men offered at Good Looks Eyewear

Maui Jim styles for men offered at Good Looks Eyewear

Maui Jim styles for women offered at Good Looks Eyewear

Maui Jim styles for women offered at Good Looks Eyewear

 

Good Looks Sunwear Event

Good Looks Eyewear held its annual sunwear event a couple weeks ago at its Pittsburgh location in Fox Chapel. Full summer lines from designers Maui Jim, Tom Ford, Ray Ban, Michael Kors, and Tory Burch were on display in addition to the usual Good Looks Eyewear stock. Representatives from the different designers were present to give customers a better idea of their offerings.

Customers un-thwarted by the stormy weather enjoyed delicious refreshments, fun prizes, exciting giveaways, and 25% off eyewear at the luau-themed event, and were met with an exciting surprise! Bruce Gradkowski and several other players from the Pittsburgh Steelers showed up to try on sunglasses, buy new frames, and take photos with customers! Thanks to everyone who came, and we look forward to seeing you next year!

Dana our Ray Ban optical rep with Bruce Gradkowski and his daughter, Lily!

Dana our Ray Ban optical rep with Bruce Gradkowski and his daughter, Lily!

Our staff with the Steelers in training!

Our staff pose with the Steelers in training!

Maui Jim sunwear collection on display

Maui Jim sunwear collection on display!

Dangers of Blue Light

Dangers of Blue LightWhat Is Blue Light?

Sunlight, or “white light” has a wide color spectrum. This visible light is made up of red, orange, yellow, green, and blue light. These types of light range in wavelength and energy. Blue light has the most energy of the visible lights, due to its shorter wavelengths. Blue light is very prevalent and makes up one third of the visible light around us.

The Problem:

Blue light, as I mentioned above, makes up one third of all visible light. The problem with this is that our eyes are pretty bad at blocking blue light! While our cornea and lens are good at blocking many other types of light, blue light goes right on through to the retina, which is at the very back of our eyes. Having the light reach the retina can cause degeneration of important cells, which can eventually lead to an eye disease called macular degeneration, and ultimately permanent vision loss.

To make matters worse we are being exposed to blue light in much more than nature. We constantly use technology like smartphones, computers, and tablets, which have blue light in their screens. We can get digital eye strain from looking at these displays for too long. Spending time staring at screens exposes our eyes to heavy doses of blue light, which as shown above is extremely harmful to our vision.

The Solution:

It is important to protect our eyes from the harmful effects of blue light. While it is ideal to avoid blue light by lessening our exposure through technology, it can be hard to go about our daily lives avoiding screens. Computer glasses, which are slightly tinted to block blue light, are a great option for those who need to spend time on their phones and computer but want to protect their eyes. They allow the wearer to spend time looking at screens without experiencing eye fatigue or discomfort, or at least diminishing the effects of blue light. If you spend a lot of time on your phone, computer, or tablet for business or school, lenses with blue light protection are the thing for you! Good Looks Eyewear offers computer glasses with digital blue light blocking lenses at our Pittsburgh and Cranberry locations.

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Lifestyle Eyewear

Penguin glasses for men. Found at Good Looks Eyewear.

Penguin glasses for men. Found at Good Looks Eyewear.

When you wear glasses, your frames make a statement. They are a fun way of expressing your personality and style. Part of choosing your frames is considering what best fits your lifestyle. This will be an important factor in determining the style of eyewear that you choose.

Professional:

Appropriate professional eyewear depends on your job. In the business world, conservative frames and shapes make you appear capable and knowledgeable. Traditional shapes and classic, muted colors are best, as they look professional and match with almost all business attire. Avoid distractingly chunky or bold pieces. If your profession has a more laid-back and creative atmosphere, you have a wider range of options. In settings like these, thicker frames, larger lenses, and brighter colors and patterns are acceptable. Fun detailing is fashionable, and vintage styles are making a comeback. It is important to still maintain a relatively conservative look, though.

Student:

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Vera Wang glasses for women found at Good Looks Eyewear

As a student, you have even more options! As mentioned before, geek-chic is big right now, and students can pull the look off better than anyone. Students also have a great deal of freedom to express themselves through fashion. Bold and eye-catching eyewear in bright colors and odd shapes is completely acceptable and a fun way of expressing your personality and style. Go for a vintage look with a bright cat-eye style, be scholarly with thick black frames, or capture the urban student style with slightly rounded tortoise or chunky clear frames.

Sports:

Believe it or not, you can be both functional and fashionable with athletic eyewear. It’s important to get glasses that are comfortable and shatter-resistant (polycarbonate lenses are perfect for this) and sometimes a slight tint is helpful in outdoor activities. You don’t have to sacrifice style on the altar of function, though. Many designers offer colorful and sporty designs made out of durable materials so you can look great while living your active lifestyle.

Seniors:

If you are retired but looking for a fun statement, bright colors and upswept frames are an excellent choice for women. Bright colors and shine add life and brightness to the face, so avoid dull colors. Men look good in some darker colors and uplifting rectangle frames are a great option. Glasses don’t have to dominate your face.

Come by Good Looks Eyewear’s stores in Cranberry or Pittsburgh to browse our collection of trendy eyewear and consider these tips to find the perfect frames to express your personality and fit your lifestyle!