glasses contacts
For as long as I can remember, I have loved glasses. Though sunglasses have a je nais sais quoi all of their own, eyeglasses are something special. They are a fashion statement, and a sophisticated one at that. When I was younger, I always came away from my eye appointments upset – I never had poor enough sight to warrant the gorgeous pair of Gucci’s in the waiting room.. (Woe is me!)

Although the right pair of glasses can look goooood, contact lenses are a fantastic alternative. When researching the topic, I found that the majority of people who actually need help with their sight – as opposed to those who wear glasses as a fashion accessory – prefer contact lenses over glasses. Aside from numerous practical benefits, most people just do not like how they look in a pair of specs.

As someone who loves glasses, I began to wonder why the majority of people choose not to wear them. In an empathetic way, I get it; glasses obstruct a person’s face whereas contact lenses are undetectable. Someone might feel like they are covering their eyes, which are arguably a person’s most important feature. Eyes should be emphasised and celebrated, not necessarily ‘hidden’ behind glasses.

From a beauty perspective, contacts also take the prize. Not only is the freedom to experiment with eye looks a beauty bonus, but I expect many women would also find the actual application of make-up difficult in glasses. To put it simply: you can’t lengthen your lashes or line your eyes from behind a wall of glass and removing your glasses could render a person incapable of seeing what they are doing clearly.
For those special occasions when you want to make an entrance (not for walking through the door with fogged up glasses or lenses covered in raindrops) contact lenses give you the chance for some added sophistication, even if it is a one off.

Ultimately, when it comes to the fashion stakes (that’s why we’re all here, right?) it would be unfair to say you couldn’t make a statement in lenses. Coloured contact lenses may not be vintage-shaped or able to be embellished, but they do enhance the eyes even further and offer the option of brightening your existing colour or changing your eye colour completely.

As a fashion battle, this one is always going to be a case of wanting what we don’t have. I will be looking at the square frames while my specs-wearing Manfriend is making contact lens wishlists. Both get a thumbs up from me.

prints fashion week
In the fashion world, Spring offers the perfect opportunity to bite the bullet, be brave with your colour choices, and inspire the weather to follow your lead. This Spring is certainly no different: the floral print trend dominated 90 percent of the Spring/Summer 2012 runways. Numerous designers – including Diane Von Furstenberg and Mary Katrantzou – have been flooding the catwalks with various eye popping prints, from pretty paisley and checks to the more abstract and unique.

mcqueen prints

Alexander McQueen dress from matchesfashion.com
For the classic Spring look, a safe bet can always be placed on a floral print. That being said, it doesn’t have to be all daisies and pastels. By choosing something a little different, like the McQueen (above), you can add a little unexpected sophistication to your ensemble. If you decide to opt for something a little more abstract and playful, like the Mary Katrantzou dresses (below), you have a very haute way to add drama (and a Tyra-approved level of fierceness) to any occasion.

Mary Katrantzou Prints

Collection of Mary Katrantzou dresses from matchesfashion.com
With the sun almost shining, it is the perfect time to introduce a little something special beyond your fifty shades of grey. The perfect way to wear this trend is to not be afraid and wear it head to toe. Get feminine, get whimsical, and mix and match your prints to make a bold statement!

Earth Awards Lela London and Jamie Lim

With Jamie Lim

Last Thursday evening, I stilettoed my way to Marlborough House for The Earth Awards. For those who are in the grey, The Earth Awards is an ‘aspirational platform for consumer-driven ideas that challenge designers and innovators to build a new economy’. It is the only truly global awards dedicated to identifying viable designs which have the potential to improve our quality of life and build a new economy.

Earth Awards Lisa King Jayson Mansaray and Charli Beale

Designer Lisa King, Presenter Jayson Mansaray and PR Queen Charli Beale

The selection committee in itself is made up of world-leading entrepreneurs, designers and thinkers, including Paola Antonelli (MoMA), Sir Richard Branson, Graydon Carter (Vanity Fair), Tony Chambers (Wallpaper*), Julie Gilhart (Barneys), Diane von Furstenberg and Dilys Williams (Center for Sustainable Fashion).

Earth Awards Lela London and Marie Guerlain

With Marie Guerlain

David de Rothschild hosted the gorgeous affair after very recently returning from his epic trip on the Plastiki (Google it). My chilly London fingers were crossed for Texan-born Jamie Lim to receive the overall award as her bamboo “Kayu” eyewear had been selected from over 500 entries to be shortlisted as one of six finalists, obviously in the Fashion category. Kayu was designed as an ethical fashion statement. In addition, proceeds from her line of bamboo sunglasses fund sight-restoring surgeries in India on a one-for-one basis. The beautiful and gracious Lim founded Kayu in 2007 with a vision of moving fashion beyond aesthetics. This year she premiered handbags (seen below) that will follow in her eyeglasses footsteps, as sales are being used to purchase school supplies for Cambodian children.

Earth Awards Jamie Lim Bag

Kayu handbag worn by Jamie Lim

“The key is that each bag funds one backpack, each sunglass funds one eye surgery. The concept of one-for-one appeals to consumers more than, say, 20% of profits being earmarked for charity projects”, said Lim. While Jamie didn’t win overall, all six of the recipients would have deserved it so I wish a huge congratulations to them all. It was an incredible evening and it is beyond exciting that the idea of ‘sustainable fashion‘ is gaining currency; hooray!