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14/06/2017

If small glasses are back in vogue

 

If small glasses are back in vogue, RIP my peripheral vision

Be alert, but not alarmed, visually-impaired women: tiny glasses frames may - may! - be making a comeback.

It's okay. Put the baseball bat down. There is no need to loot every Specsavers within a 10km radius for their chunky frames lest yours break in the next decade (by which time something else will - hopefully - be the "in" style). We do not know if those tiny, wire, frankly pretty useless frames are necessarily back in vogue.

Although it would certainly fit into the whole "everything 2002 is new again" aesthetic the fashion world is pulling our legs with.

And Jezebel just published an article titled, "Tiny Glasses Are Our Past and Our Future, and One Day You Will Have To Submit To Them".

Oh, and Gigi Hadid is doing it.

Oh no. It's true. We're doomed.

Goodbye peripheral vision, my neck thanks you for your service.

While small-framed glasses might be fun for the fashion crowd, they are not a particularly great solution for those who rely on glasses to, you know, see with.

(An aside: could you imagine if other physical aids were susceptible to fashion trends like glasses are? What if Prada could decide that the "cool" hearing aids needed to have spikes out the side?)

Optometrist Andrew Kotsis is the professional development officer at Optometry Australia, and owns eyeclarity, in Emporium Melbourne. He says there are things glasses wearers must consider before setting their fashionable hearts on tiny frames.

"It wouldn't be desirable for a person with a large or wide head to be wearing a small sized frame," he says. "This is likely to create a 'closed in' look as well as pressure points/discomfort where the frame temples contact the sides of the head."

There are further logistical issues with certain prescriptions.

"If a frame is too small it may not be suitable for an individual who has their eyes (or pupil distance) set quite far apart," he says.

"Similarly, a frame too narrow in the vertical meridian may not be suitable for people prescribed bifocal or multifocal/progressive lenses – the risk is that there would be not enough area within the lens dedicated to reading or near vision tasks (as this zone is located at the bottom of these types of lenses)."

And, Kotsis says, too-small frames will "certainly" impact on a person's peripheral vision.

If I can give you any consolation with this bleak revelation it is that we at least have some time. The small-framed contagion appears to currently reveal itself primarily in sunglasses form, and overwhelmingly within the Jenner-Hadid faction of the It crowd.

In fact, the overwhelmingly bespectacled models going down the runway at the Gucci Cruise 2018 show last month were all in larger frames.

So, we've got at least a year to figure out a solution to this "trend".

Even if that solution is just turning our out-of-focus noses up at these pithy little frames and wearing our practical, thick plastic ones until they become cool again.

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12/06/2017

Vivienne Westwood Does Not Want You To Buy Fast Fashion

 

Vivienne Westwood is no stranger to making a bold statement. After all, it was her punk-meets-chic designs and attitude that threw the fashion world for a loop and made her one of the most sought-after designers for models and celebrities.

And who wouldn't want to work with her? Over the years, Westwood has revolutionized the industry by starting conversations about fashion's impact on the environment and by challenging gender norms by throwing co-ed fashion shows. Here's just one example of Westwood using her public platform to fight against ecocide:

Though she's never been shy about sharing her beliefs, her latest comments on the harmfulness of rampant consumerism, especially when it comes to fashion, seemed to shock even her staunchest supporters.

While speaking at Zaladno's Bread & Butter preview, Westwood offered the crowd of haute couture aficionados some surprising advice, according to InStyle.

"Don't buy anything," she told a stunned crowd.

Wait, did one of the most renowned fashion designers just tell people to put down their credit cards and not purchase a single thing? Yes, but with good reason.

As InStyle points out, Westwood has long been known for saying, "Buy less, choose better, and make it last." Now, it appears she's ready to take things to the next level.

"If you want to be bold, you have to make a choice," she told her audience. "And at least 50 percent of the people in the world have never made a choice or decision in their lives. They just follow their desire and consume: opinions, McDonald's, whatever."

Sadly, the "whatever" seems to include that totally cute, yet super pair of platforms that you'll only wear three times. But hear Westwood out!

"Buying less and choosing quality means that designers can make better fashion, not just lead by marketing and commercial interests," she said. "Fashion is part of culture, but not at the moment."

Westwood's comments come at an important time. Not only is fast fashion changing the way shoppers think (and therefore changing popular culture), it's also hurting people and the environment by paying horribly low wages, fostering child labor, expelling massive amounts of energy, relying on crude oil, and releasing harsh chemicals and pollutants from factories.

So, though Westwood's call to ditch that summer sale might sound extreme, it's certainly not as bad as the possible consequences.

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06/06/2017

Ashley Graham Covers Glamour

 

Ashley Graham Covers Glamour; Lauren Conrad Designed a Maternity Line

Ashley Graham Covers Glamour

Ashley Graham was photographed by Nathaniel Goldberg for the cover of Glamour's July issue, sporting a La Blanca bikini under an orange Victoria Beckham top. The model opened up to Lauren Chan, a former model and longtime friend of Graham's, about the importance of size diversity, her new book and how she keeps her marriage on point.

Lauren Conrad Is Launching a Maternity Line for Kohl's

Soon-to-be first-time mom Lauren Conrad is launching her own maternity line for Kohl's. The collection will be an expansion of her LC Lauren Conrad label, and will drop on Wednesday with an offering of dresses, jeggings and tops. Prices have yet to be disclosed. "One of the things I really struggled with when I was shopping was that I wanted to maintain my everyday style, but I had trouble finding the types of pieces available in maternity collections," Conrad told People. "So I wanted to cater towards our existing customer who just happens to have a new shape, but still wants to dress in line with her style that she has had for years."

Puma Loses First Round of Infringement Case Against Forever21

A federal judge in California has refused to order a preliminary injunction against Forever21 after the retailer was accused by Puma of ripping off Rihanna's Fenty x Puma footwear designs, including a suede creeper, a faux-fur slide and a satin bow slide. The judge claimed that there was no "actual evidence of irreparable injury." After Puma filed the suit in April, Forever21 filed a request for dismissal, calling Puma's suit "thinly veiled anticompetitive intent."

Thom Browne Covers Surface Magazine

Thom Browne covers the sixth-annual American Influence issue of Surface magazine, which celebrates the influence of American designers and creatives in the art world. Browne, who is based in New York, opens up about not finding fashion until after college (he attended Notre Dame) and a brief attempt to become an actor in Los Angeles in the '90s. He added of his current creative process, "I don’t reference fashion for my collections, and I consciously don’t stay up and pay attention to it. For me, I feel like it just keeps it easier when you don’t know as much. Ignorance is bliss."

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