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Last week, Warby Parker introduced its limited-edition Summer Crystals collection. According to the company, the line is “inspired by beach-house nostalgia and all forms of good old-fashioned leisure.” We are coveting the dreamy Preston model in Bellini because its peachy hue adds a flirty, feminine touch. After realizing that it’s been a year since our last Warby Parker post, we decided to stop by their showroom/office to learn more about the new Bellini shade, (as well as to try on some frames, of course).
Sometimes, our greatest inspirations for new looks come from the past. Which is why we love The American Vernacular, a recently launched (it started last November!) online vintage store with fantastic, bygone-era inspired taste. Each piece on the site comes with information about its brand history, written by TAV’s owner and founder, Bryn Lander. This week, Bryn shares her vintage style secrets with us and gives the downlow on how to score those glam, leading lady looks.
Top: Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor. Bottom: Grace Kelly, Dorothy Dandridge, Bettie Page, Doris Day
The ’50s was a transition period between the rigid and conformist World War II era to the individualistic, youth-oriented culture of the ’60s. Several distinct styles emerged during this time and helped define the style of the decade. Icons like Grace Kelly and Doris Day represented the demure and conservative feminine ideal while the glamorous and provactive look of Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Sophia Loren, and Brigitte Bardot made them sex symbols. Audrey Hepburn became a style icon and muse to many designers for her distinct easy elegance that was both classic and modern. She, amazingly, exuded the same graceful confidence in a turtleneck, pedal pushers, and ballet flats as she did in full-skirted lace gowns. Some of my favorite films that define the era are All About Eve (1950), Rear Window (1954), And God Created Woman (1956), Funny Face (1957) and Some Like It Hot (1959).
Myself and some of the Warby Parker crew in their showroom
We didn’t have to go far to chat up the staff of Warby Parker because, as it just so happens, this savvy eyewear startup’s ops team is sharing our new office space. If you haven’t heard of the company before, you’re seriously missing out. In addition to carrying ultra-chic and reasonably priced glasses ($95 a pop), they give a pair to someone in need for each purchase. (This Friday, the do-good founders are headed India to spread the word.) And even if you don’t wear prescription frames, you can still partake in the trend with Warby Parker’s new line of sunglasses.
I was lucky enough to get a peek at the showroom today and catch up with a few awesome Warby Parker ladies, not to mention try on a bunch of the new sunnies (my favorite style is the Everett). Read on to hear all about their favorite beauty products, tips for all glasses and makeup wearers, and their personal sunglasses picks.
Kaki, Executive Assistant and Public Relations Coordinator
Favorite product: Bare Escentuals Eyeshadow in Intuition
Best Tip For Wearing Glasses and Eye Makeup: “I would definitely choose a black mascara. It helps bring out your eyes, even underneath lenses, and my eye makeup just doesn’t work without it.”
Sunglasses pick: Jasper in Whiskey Tortoise
Taylor, Operations Associate
Favorite product: Diorshow Mascara
Best Tip For Wearing Glasses and Eye Makeup: “It’s really hard to put on makeup because I can’t see without my glasses…all I can say is practice, practice, practice!”
Sunglasses pick: Jasper in Marine Slate
Ruby, Operations Associate
Favorite Product: Nars Blush in Desire
Best Tip For Wearing Glasses and Eye Makeup: “I have super long eyelashes so I make sure not to put glasses on too soon after I apply my mascara or it gets all over my lenses.”
Sunglasses pick: Everett in Gimlet Tortoise
Monica, Special Operations MBA intern
Favorite Product: Diorshow Maximizer
Best Tip For Wearing Glasses and Eye Makeup: “Since my eyes look magnified in my frames, I always use eye cream to minimize my fine lines.”
Sunglasses pick: Mabel in Tortoise
If you happen to be in Brooklyn tonight, make sure to check out the newest Warby Parker showroom and meet the team for yourself.
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