Last Saturday, I took the train to Union Square anticipating the fun I would have at the grand opening of the Sunglass Hut at Macy’s in San Francisco. Nick Verreos from Project Runway was hosting the event, and after reading about the great things M.I.S.S. Liz had to say about him from the Macy’s Fashion Challenge, I couldn’t wait to meet him and see how Macy’s and Sunglass Hut throws a summer soiree. Summer is the time when you need some glasses in your life, after all. I knew I’d be checking out three new exclusive pairs of sunglasses from the Vogue Eyewear/CFDA Capsule Collection, so I must have subconsciously left my own Marc Jacobs shades at home. I was quite irked to have to brave the bright sunlight on the walk up Powell Street, but as soon as I stepped into Macy’s, I was thankful to have come sans shades because there were just so many that I would have to try on.
The first thing I checked out were the featured sunglasses, of course, the highlight of the event. It was interesting to find out that these three sunglasses are from designers who have never designed a pair of shades before. CFDA, the Council for Fashion Designers of America, asked members to submit design proposals, and out of numerous entries, only three designs were chosen for the Capsule Collection.
I took a look at the Infinity sunglasses first. I love tortoise shell, and the infinity link on the temple plus the gold detailing make the profile even prettier. The oversized square frames are bold and glamorous, and it’s no coincidence that the designer, Kara Ross, creates luxury jewelry and handbags. Now that I think about it, these sunglasses are like jewelry for your face!
The Neo sunglasses have a fitting name because the look is sleek and futuristic. Matt Murphy, best known for luxury leather goods, can now add sunglass designer to his resume, which also includes interiors and furniture. For this pair, he was inspired by a race car, and the jet-black frame and silver stripe on the arm remind me of a car you would see out of a modern James Bond movie. These sunglasses would suit a Bond Girl well, because they’re sophisticated, edgy, and full of attitude.
At this point, I haven’t tried any of the sunglasses on yet, and I could not find the third pair. When I asked for help, I was told that this last pair were the most popular, and when I saw the glasses in the case, I knew why. The Whip sunglasses combine ivory snakeskin and metal accents, with gold-mirrored lenses. Wow, talk about fly! The designer, Devi Kroell, infuses animal skins into her pieces, whether they are purses, shoes, or coats, and these sunglasses top off her collections. These would be the perfect travel accessory to an exotic getaway, or simply to look exotic in a city excursion!
I had to try on the Whip glasses immediately, so I was ushered over to the Fotomio photo booth. There, I not only worked on my modeling skills, I was also the paparazzi! Fotomio photo kiosks use a few TV monitors, studio lighting, and a remote trigger for some DIY photo opportunities. When I was a teeny bopper, my friends and I would pile into a remote controlled photo booth and take our own photos, so it wasn’t a foreign idea to me, but I was a little rusty. It was a blast to “model” the three new styles, and minutes later, prints were available for me to take home. Is this the beginning of my modeling career?
I know I wasn’t the only aspiring model in the house, because Nick worked his microphone and called out anyone walking by. Some people were shy at first, while others took that moment with Nick as their time to shine! Anyone can shine with fabulous sunglasses, paparazzi, and the dashing Nick Verreos by their side. For those that weren’t ready to unleash their modeling skills to the world, there was a mini-manicure station set up by Pinkies Nail Salon. This was like a dream come true because my nails needed some love! The manicurist trimmed, filed, and oiled my nails before giving me a few fresh coats of OPI. While waiting for my nails to dry, I munched on yummy mini hot dogs, twice-baked potatoes, and watermelon with chili. The hors d’oeuvres were the perfect compliment to the summertime celebration, and the ice-cold lemonade just topped it all off.
After my model moments, I spent some time in the actual shop. There was an impressive collection and I didn’t know where to start. I gawked at the Prada and Tiffany and Co. eyewear, and dreamed that once my modeling career kicks off, then I can buy a pair for every day of the week. I shimmied over to the sale display, and when I saw some white Carrera’s, I almost forgot about my wet nails as I grabbed a pair to try on. The shop staff was extremely attentive and I appreciated the honest opinion of one woman who helped me decide which shape of shades was best for my face.
I had a blast with all of the modeling, munchies, and manicures, and although I didn’t go home with anything for my eyes, aside from my photos, I know where to go if I need some sunglasses. The Sunglass Hut is popping up in Macy’s all over the place, so you can get fitted from head to toe in one stop.
If you can’t make it out to a Macy’s, the Vogue Eyewear/CFCA Capsule Collection is available on the Sunglass Hut website. Protect your eyes this summer in the most fashionable way!
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