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post #1 of 10
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Well, I just got back from my first eye exam in over five years and unfortunately, it seems, I have become moderately near sighted. Thankfully, my eyes have not yet digressed to the point in which they would prevent me from driving without glasses but it was suggested I wear them, nonetheless. Fortunately, my optometrist's office is located in uptown Charlotte, which means they only carry designer eye wear (to accommodate their clientele). I chose not to get contacts for now because a very acute sensitivity to light and foreign bodies runs throughout my family (my father once tried to wear contacts and after two weeks, it actually worsened his vision), and do not wish to test if I suffer from it as well. So, after choosing twenty frames from those produced by, among others, Emporio Armani, Nautica, Calvin Klein, Escada, and Versace (I absolutely hated all of the eye wear made by Versace), I finally narrowed it down to a pair designed by Emporio Armani. Then, just as I thought I had my everyday-wear specs, a pair from Nautica caught my eye (no pun intended). I tried them on and, believe it or not, decided the Armani frames were now very ugly. I actually own no clothing nor anything else designed by Nautica, mostly because I have never been a fan of the style in which it employs but found that these frames suited my face better than any of the others. Anyway, I now need to think about a pair of dress frames to wear with suits or formal wear. So, I wanted to get your opinions as to what label and/or style would be best for such eye wear. Keep in mind I have a broad face, average spaced medium size eyes, normal male cheek structure, (which is why these frames I purchased today are small and rectangular half-frame wire specs...of course there is more to their shape, but that is the basic design) but an average size head ( ). Oh, and I do not like large or round style glasses...ever. So, let the suggestions begin (any are appreciated). [As I am curious, I thought I would send out another question, as well: What are your opinions about Nautica eyewear in general?]
post #2 of 10
I think you've made two great choices. Firstly, Nautica eyewear is pretty durable. My last 3 frames were made by them. Their manufactured by a parent company (Marchon) that keeps quality very consistent from brand to brand. You're just paying for the Nautica design, which I really like. Marchon also manufactures frames for Donna Karan, Fendi, Nike, Calvin Klein, and few other well-designed frame lines. About Emporio Armani, I've never owned a pair but i have a ocuple of friends who wear nothing but. I know for sure that I like their design and the materials used in their frames. I'm really not qualified to comment on their quality. Frankly, I have poor vision that changes nearly every other year. I just by an inexpensive frame and get a new one with each new prescription. I don't worry about my frames lasting me for more than a couple of years. Hope this helps.
post #3 of 10
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About Emporio Armani, I've never owned a pair but i have a ocuple of friends who wear nothing but. I know for sure that I like their design and the materials used in their frames. I'm really not qualified to comment on their quality.
I have a contradictory experience. I owned two pairs and they both fell apart within months. Right now I'm sporting wearing a pair by DKNY and one by Ralph Loren which both feel and look great. RL's are a sportier, dressed down frame that borrows its shapes from the last year's sunglass collection, but regardless of wear and tear I put them through, they seem indestructible.
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plz omit "wearing" lol [/quote]Right now I'm sporting wearing a pair by DKNY....[quote] jS.
post #5 of 10
Have you tried anything from Dior Homme?
post #6 of 10
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Have you tried anything from Dior Homme?
They had a small selection of Dior Homme. I asked if they had any others because I was fond of a pair that were meant to be prescription sunglasses (something I definitely need still) and they said they were suppose to have another collection coming two weeks from now, so I may purchase those for my sunglasses. As far as their strictly prescription eyewear specs, I was honestly not impressed. The quality was up to par but the styling, for myself at least, was not that wonderful. I am currently partial to the styling of Armani (perhaps not the quality, as mentioned above), Nautica, Dolce & Gabbana, Momo (only a few models, but those that do attract me are some of my favorite specs), Fendi, and MDX. Are their any other labels that may catch my eye (pun very much intended) and tickle my fancy as to dress-wear?
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I love glasses. I currently have three pair, although none of them are especially formal. Still, two of those marques (Bulgari and Silhouette) make great formal eyewear. (The third, ic.-berlin, is pretty much verboten for anyone over thirty, and hard-to-find to boot.) Formal eyewear seems to be going in two directions. One direction is the retro black plastic type frame that YSL used to make (and probably remakes now). The more futuristic direction is the rimless glasses. Silhouette is pretty much the gold standard here, their unique hingeless glasses being seen on everyone from Bernd Piet--whatever (the head of VW who "failed up" to that post after botching BMW's purchase of Rover when he ran BMW) to vile warmongers such as Donald Rumsfeld. (Indeed, I gave away my pair after seeing their siblings perched on Rummy's ugly mug.) Silhouette frames are made by Silhouette outside of Linz, Austria. Bulgari has some rimmed and rimless glasses, in aluminium and titanium. (My own are rimmed, but for some reason I don't think you're looking for glasses shaped like slightly squashed 1960s YSL frames but made out of natural-finish matt aluminium.) Bulgaris are made in Italy by Luxotica, who also do Armanis and lots of other marques. The Bulgaris are definitely a cut above Emporio or Giorgio Armani in terms of fit-and-finish, though. And if you want to spend lots and lots of money, there's always the Cartiers.... No opinion on Nautica, as I can't say I've ever seen their frames. Given your sensitivity to light, I would highly recommend photochromic lenses. (I think Transititions is the most common brand in the US, and they're excellent.) True, they don't get as dark as the best sunglasses, but they're a solid 90% of the way there now. I've been wearing them for a decade now and would never dream of going back to regular glasses plus sunglasses. Peace, JG PS: "Christian Dior" eyewear is usually not "Dior Homme", in that it's basically designed by Dior's OEM (Safilo, I think, but it could be Luxotica) and not Eddie Slim.
post #8 of 10
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Well, believe it or not, the eyewear I was referring to was actually under the label "Dior Homme Nesti." I am not familiar with the line so I have no idea as to who designed or produced them. Perhaps one of you could enlighten me.
post #9 of 10
Try frames by Lunor and Robert Marc. They're very elegant.
post #10 of 10
I can't speak about labels, but in terms of styles I would recommend smaller (disagree with the Style Guy here), dark-framed (much more flattering than gold or silver in my opinion) glasses with oval-shaped or rectangular-shaped lenses.  I've had my current pair of glasses for over two years and am thinking about going for a rimless for my next pair.  I like the glasses sported by CNN anchor Bill Hemmer.
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