Vancouver Fashion Jobs – Spec-tacular


This fall, all our suspicions are being realized. Hide your computers and your calculators, because nerds are finally taking over the world. With all the tech and business knowledge necessary to navigate today’s challenges, it seems designers are realizing how attractive “dorkiness” can be. Statement spectacles are hitting the runways – from Jil Sander to Temperley and Tom Ford – and they’re cooler than ever.

Fierce, attention getting eye glasses were the perfect accessory to tailored mens wear and sleek, sophisticated power dressing. Current shapes are retro (think colourful cat-eye frames), futuristic (large, dark, and squared), or classic (round, Harry Potter type frames in tortoise shell, silver, and gold). So ditch your contact lenses, dust off the glasses hidden in your drawer, and discuss Freud and Nietzche while mixing chemical formulas. Le Geek, c’est chic!

1. At the Paul Smith fall 2011 show, models looked brilliant and perfectly stylish in their nerdy glasses. Frames can be found online for $300 – $400 each through British online retailer or New York-based online retailer Image courtesy of

2. Glasses made with acetate and “aged metal”, from Oliver Peoples’ limited edition collaboration with Takahiro Miyashita.  The Japanese fashion designer has recreated five of Oliver Peoples signature frames, ranging from $200 – $500 each. The line, called The SoloIst, is available online at Svpply.

3. Candice Swanepoel models high drama square frames and makeup for Tom Ford’s Fall 2011 ad campaign. See the collection of fabulous specs at Tom Ford.  Image courtesy of Avah Taylor.

4. The Jil Sander fall 2011 ad campaign features modest and chic blue crystal acetate frames. Available at Select Specs. Image courtesy of Eye Wear Glasses.

5. Urban Spectacles makes custom-made wooden frames.

By: Sophia Loffreda, Montreal

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