In the Press – Never Undressed

In the Press – Never Undressed

Miu Miu winged glasses, £205 at David Clulow

Prada flower glasses, £250 at David Clulow

The 5 Specs of The Season, With Make-up to Match

By Angelica Hermon


As a glasses wearer, I was thrilled to see so many spectacles on the Autumn 2013 catwalks. You could hardly move for the things, and this season they were exceptionally cool. Mad Men-esque styles at Badgley Mischka, futuristic pink visions at Carven and schoolgirl chic black pairs at DKNY. It’s been music to my ears (eyes).
I remember back in the day trotting off to the optician, glum at the realisation that 20:20 vision and me were never going to be friends. And in all honesty, the selection before me was abysmal. Clunky grey things that looked like they belonged in a science lab, pastel-rimmed options that would have looked better on my granny, and let’s not even go down that ‘rimless’ route (they were very de rigeur at the time you see) – the very word still sends shivers down my spine.
I opted for the best of a bad bunch: a harmless but rather dull Emporio Armani pair. They were rectangular-shaped, brown and thoroughly boring. Fast forward to now and I own more pairs of glasses than I do jeans. I’m obsessed with the things. And depending on my mood, outfit or agenda for the day, a different pair gets selected each and every morning. It’s as much an accessory for me as what bag I’ll use or what shoes I go for.
Best of all, what I’ve come to learn over the years, is that make-up is the spectacle wearer’s best friend. Really. So as to not be overshadowed by one of the statement pairs doing the rounds this season, you need to high-five your make-up bag. Whether it’s a punchy red lip to offset that winged Miu Miu style or a smouldering smoky eye that crying out for a pair of Tom Ford’s, glasses and make-up have never been better matched than now. And they go together like skinny jeans and knee high boots.
With that notion in mind, see here five of this season’s best glasses, teamed with suitably statement make-up to match. Shot gun the Prada’s.
 
Wings of glory
Serious winged options are always a winner and they suit everyone. The way to wear such a bold black pair like this is to reach for the best pillar box red lipstick you can find. Go heavy on the mascara too, to make eyes appear larger and more open.
In the red
Bright and bold is the star of the season, and while it makes quite a statement to your face, a smouldering eye gives your complexion some loving to. Keep it dark to give maximum impact under a bright frame.
Geeking a-round
In order to refrain from looking like a Silicon Valley boffin when wearing round specs, choose a brightly coloured lipstick that adds a girlish element to your look. Pink or red never fail.
Cat eye crew
Cat eye, my favourite. They feel somewhere between a young Audrey Hepburn and a present day Alexa Chung with that very feline shape. These frames are matte, so it’s all about shining it up with a glossy coloured lip. You can even just add a clear gloss over your lipstick, but whatever you do, keep it shiny.
Frilly florals
Lots of designers this season went gem crazy, adding small details to the sides of glasses wherever possible. Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Fendi are your best bets. If you opt for tortoiseshell frames like these, balance the look out with a similar-coloured brown shadow across the eyelids. Lipstick optional.