The second I received a preview of the Leith Clark collaboration with Warby Parker, I screamed, “Holy Sexy Libraryian, Batman!” You’ll recognize Leith Clark and her unmistakably feminine eye from Harper’s Bazaar U.K. and Italian Vogue, her styling of red carpet stunners, and from the pages of Lula magazine, which she founded.
The collection was inspired by the 1960s, librarians, pearls, brass, opera glasses, violet, nerdy girls. Leith wanted to recreate the glasses you had when you were a kid — or that your dad wore — the kind of glasses that were only relegated to childhood dress-up. Leigh also loves big, thick glasses on little, tiny faces. All five frames (Aurora, Greta, Marva, Wednesday and Willow) have a distinct shape and feature heaps of charm and whimsy.
As if these specimens weren’t cool enough, for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need. A percentage from each sale goes to Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation campaign mobilizing American girls to raise awareness and funds for UN programs that provide life-changing opportunities to girls around the world.
Keyholes, circular frames, slight cat-eyes, rimless lenses and more!
René Gruau (February 4, 1909 – March 31, 2004) renowned fashion illustrator who is best known for an exaggerated portrayal of fashion design through painting. The highly stylized works are tinged with a glossy advertising or fashion magazine focus yet wholly timeless. His works also show hints of Japanese clean line drawings and Toulouse-Lautrec’s’s infamous, sometimes grotesque depiction of women in nightlife.
A couture woman in Gruau’s illustrations is as stylish in 1950 as she is today. They are elegant, sensual and cheeky. They might also be dripping with frivolities and bits of superficial luxuries with a “devil-may-care” attitude. During his lifetime, the artist was hired by major designers like Pierre Balmain, Christian Dior, Jacques Fath, Balenciaga, Elsa Schiaparelli, Rochas, Lanvin, Elizabeth Arden, and Hubert de Givenchy. I want to live in one of his vignettes; so let’s try below!
“Round-heeled” is an old-fashioned label for a woman who is promiscuous. “Well-heeled” is a phrase which can have a few meanings, including “being wealthy” or “equipped with a weapon”. Why can’t we be a little bit of all three with the styles below? SIT! Now HEEL.