About a month before the Santa Fe Street fashion show, back when I was taking full breaths and getting mani/pedis, I had the best time interviewing one of the founders of L.A. Eyeworks, Gai Gherardi. I met her early one morning before her trunk show at Ojo Optique, cup ‘o joe in my hand, almost fully conscious. I opened both eyes…and then I saw her. It was fashion love on sight..a profusion of color that made me feel dullsville, not to mention the envy effect of that hipster punk hair of hers:
As I listened to the interview recording again, I realize I cannot dispute reality: my laughter did indeed step over the line and became a snort…not once, but twice. Coffee and my nasal passages may have become involved. But for all the fun we had, we talked serious style, and the ability of glasses to amplify who you are, dialing it up or down–different frames giving you a different creative expression. As Gai puts it, the face is the first thing you see of a person…and the eyes are the most important part of the face. Glasses are more than a thing–they are THE thing.
I admitted to her that it’s only been in the last few years that I stopped thinking of glasses the way I thought of cars: I owned only one, and hoped it always worked. Now, as a collector, I use them as one of the elements of my total design and expression in fashion. Check out LA Eyeworks at Ojo Optique http://ojooptique.com, and get ready to have a blast–in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
And, sniff sniff, as my final post about The Show, what better way to close out coverage of that night of nights but with some pics of just three of the stellar models from MTM Model Management http://mtmmodelmanagement.com and my go-to girls for future events, wearing some of those most special specs from our partner Ojo Optique…