Thursday, January 31, 2013

Spectacular Sunglasses (and Moss Lipow "Eyewear" Book Giveaway)

Who doesn't love an awesome pair of spectacles? Or sunglasses?

Taschen Eyewear A Visual History

The AMAZING book Eyewear by Moss Lipow features the best in eyewear from past to present.  A description of the book is as follows:


Optical opulence
500 years of spectacles ranging from classic to outrageous

For over two decades eyewear designer Moss Lipow trawled eBay, auction houses, garage sales, and flea markets worldwide, amassing glasses and photographs for his renowned collection. This book traces eyewear’s journey over the past 500 years, and features the finest examples from Lipow’s collection as well as pieces from preeminent collections around the world. There is a wealth of examples included herein—from a rudimentary bone sunshield and curious contraptions of leather and wood to lorgnettes, pince-nez, monocles, aviators, and bedazzled cat eyes. Eyewear has experienced a surprising and fascinating evolution; what was once a purely practical apparatus has grown into a multibillion-dollar global industry catering to both the visually impaired and the fashionably inclined.

Accompanying the wealth of images in this wide-ranging volume is an insightful history informed by a wide variety of sources, including ancient texts, old catalogues, vintage magazines, and out-of-print publications of every kind.

Over 1,000 examples of the most extravagant glasses
Covering almost 500 years of design

The author:
Moss Lipow is an eyewear designer and collector based in New York City. As a designer he has worked with the fashion industry’s top editorial stylists. His creations have appeared in magazines around the world including Newsweek, Vogue Italia, Vogue Nippon, Spin, W, and L’officiel, and on the faces of celebrities including Lady Gaga, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Elton John. He was a 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, and has been nominated for the 2011 National Design Award, sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute. His eponymous line of eyewear is sold worldwide.

And here are some of the amazing SPECK-TACLES (ha -- sorry) featured within:

Cellulose-acetate butterfly-shaped sunglasses, france, c. 1950 and black acetate butterfly-shaped frames, France, c. 1950s

Foster Grant, 1960s

Slatted Shutter sunglasses, Alain Mikli, c. 1980

Vogue magazine cover photographed by Horst, July 1, 1939 Sunglasses with integral visors, Taiwan, c. 1989

Riviera advertisement, 1974 Sterling silver spectacles with folding arms, England, c. 1830

La Mondaine cat-eye sunglasses with floral motif, Elsa Schiaparelli for American Optical, United States, c. 1956 Karl Lagerfeld, Paris, 1983

Faux-tortoise injection-molded-plastic sunglasses, Italy, c. 1960 Run-DMC, 1986

Acetate-andrhinestone folding frames, HOng Kong, c. 1960 Acetate sunglasses, Pierre Cardin, France, c. 1970s

Oversized sunglasses, Pierre Cardin, France, c. 1970 D'Or cat-eye sunglasses with emerald motif, Her Magesty, England, c. 1950s

Laminated-acetate sunglasses, France, c. 1965 Eyewear Taschen

John Lennon, New York City, 1974 Acetate op-art sunglasses, Trifari, United States, c. 1965

AN6531 aviator sunglasses, 19402 Rolled-gold Richardson-type spectacles, England, c. 1900

Elvis Presley, 1970 Acetatae op-art sunglasses, France, c. 1965

Wire-rimmed frames with flip-up sunglass lenses, Taiwan, c. 1980s Audrey Hepburn, in How to Steal a Million, 1965

Acetate sunglasses, Renauld, United States, c. 1960s and Laminated-acetate sunglasses, France, c. 1965

Silver-and-black acetate Sunmodes frames, Styl Rite Optics, United States, c. 1960s and True Colors sunglasses with alligator texture, by American Opticals, United States, c. 1950s

Butterfly-shaped sunglasses and Cat-eye glasses, c. 1960s

Taschen Eyewear The Poswar Sunglasses Boom

SUCH AN AWESOME COFFEE TABLE BOOK!!!!  SO MANY FABULOUS SUNGLASSES!  I am crazy for the sunglasses from the 50's, 60's and 70's.  Do you have any favorites?

If you would like to enter for a chance to win a copy of Moss Lipow's book entitled Eyewear, please follow these instructions:

1) Leave a comment that you would like to enter the giveaway (and make SURE there is an easy way for me to contact you if you win).
2) Make sure you follow my blog.
3) Make sure you like my facebook page.
4) Tweet about this giveaway to double your chances.
5) Send me $50 (ok, this last one is a joke unless you REALLY want to send me money).

Winner will be chosen at random and notified next week!


Felicia said...

I've been dying for a great pair of cat eyes. All the ones I love are outrageously expensive though.

Alisa said...

Love this book! Please enter me in the contest. Followed all directions, counting $50 in pennies now. Will send soon!

melifaif said...

I'd love to enter this giveaway!!!! So cool. Completely fun...

melifaif said...

And I would follow YOU and your blog anywhere. :)

Caroline said...

What's the address to send you the $50??? LMAO! You crack me up. I love sunglasses...and I wear big HUGE ones only. I probably look like an ass...but i love them. Bigger is better when it comes to sunglasses!

WendyB said...

Definitely would want a pair of giant butterfly shades!

Shelley said...

That's a pretty awesome book! It would be perfect with my new Tim Gunn book:) I will give you $50 if you find my cat a new family...

Shannon said...

Girl, you know it. I have a minor addiction to fun and funky frames - worse than shoes, if you can imagine that.

cerebral e said...

People tell me that my specs are "out there" but mine are nothing compared to some of those retro ones!

Maduke said...

When all the girls wore glasses in 5th grade (the late 50's) they were pink. So I picked a matte finish silver pair! lol.

Trissta {Living on the Chic} said...

Book about sunglasses? I'm on the line! I want to WIN THIS GIVEAWAY. Two things I love combined into one? I'm in.

Much Love,
(You know how to get a hold of me. :))

Trissta {Living on the Chic} said...

And because I'm not sure how you're conducting your entries... I follow your blog. and I'm going to bombard you with comments until I win.

Much Love,

Trissta {Living on the Chic} said...

Also, I'm friends with you on FB. Now give me the book already.

Much Love,

Trissta {Living on the Chic} said...

I am tweeting about your give away right now.

Much Love,

Kaylei said...

I waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaant! (Please!)

StarBox said...

really cool sunglasses! :D

melifaif said...

Oh! Didn't I win this????? I musta missed that email on accident. Going to check my spam folder. ha! ;)