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Okay, so we may already be 8 days in, but I hereby officially declare this #AskAnythingAugust! (I totally, shamelessly stole the idea from another blogger!) So, feel free to ask away - pitch me all your EYE RELATED questions! Go on, don't be shy... ☺️

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I touched upon this briefly before, but I felt it deserved a blog all of it's very own, as it combines two of my favourite things: sunglasses and Star Trek.

The ever-fabulous Rihanna has collaborated with fashion behemoth Dior to create an exclusive range of future-fantastic sunglasses, and you'll never guess where her inspiration came from... only frickin' Star Trek!!

Chatting with Dior mag Rihanna says:

"DM: Can you tell us about your inspiration?

R: Believe it or not, La Forge from "Star Trek" back in the day! I've always been obsessed with his eyewear, and when I got to Dior and saw the materials I could play with, it all just came together."

These little beauties are available in five metallic colours and in one luscious gold-plated version (sadly sold out I believe).

 

Silver

 

Red

 

Green

 

Pink

 

Blue

 

Gold

 

Since debuting the "La Forge", Rihanna has further confirmed her status as an out-and-proud Trekkie, by joining in Star Trek's 50th anniversary celebrations AND recording an exclusive track, Sledgehammer, for the soundtrack of new movie, Star Trek Beyond! (Which can I say is AWESOME! The track, and the movie!) She's a true "TrekkieGirl" ;)

And, is it just me or is Ri-Ri absolutely rockin' that Seven-of-Nine-esque silver lamay body suit?! HAWT!!!

 

 

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I was going to term July the SarahKnowsEyes “fashion month”, as following my round trend blog, I have a couple of other posts up my sleeve that tie-in quite nicely. Admittedly I had intended to post these roughly one per week, but having just started a new job (woo-hoo!) things haven’t quite gone to plan! So I’m just going to try to post them all now… July has only JUST finished after all!

A couple of months ago I was trawling the Opticians of Camden with my friend, as I’d promised we’d find her the perfect pair of glasses. Having tried on every combination of round, square, oval, rectangular frames, we discovered that the more unusual “cat eye” was the perfect shape for her! She particularly fell in love with this pair at General Eyewear:

 

 

The retro/vintage vibe has been bubbling away under the surface for the past couple of years, with many loyal fans, and some absolute beauties have been coming through the practice. The cat eye is actually very “in” at the minute. Just the other day, this beautiful pair of frames was left with us to have new lenses put in…

A patient who is well known for her eclectic choice of frames recommended this quirky little wesbite to me - retropeepers.com. Here are a just a few of my favourite picks:

Belle

Betty

Bardot

Aurora

Gloria

O.M.G. I am in LOVE! I want them ALL!

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In case you’ve been living under a rock these past few months, you may have noticed a new trend in the world of Optics – everything’s gone round!

During my 14 years in practice, every now and then you would encounter somebody looking for a “John Lennon” – the round frame is synonymous with the icon, who was rarely seen without them.


 

However, I wouldn’t exactly have said they were an en vogue choice? Until now. Sunglasses, Ophthalmic frames, you name it, round is in and here is the proof…

Back in December, Tatler published this article, confirming my suspicions that a new trend was about to hit:

 

 

Cue, the ‘big brands’ jumping aboard the round frame train in their glossy advertisements:

 

 

And follow suit a plethora of celebrities rockin’ the round frame:

 

 

One of the biggest drivers of this new trend has been Dior’s “So Real”, the “new Wayfarer” according to March’s Glamour magazine (they’re featured twice in the edition!):

 

And since Rihanna featured in their ad campaign...

 

 

…the A-listers have certainly been clamouring to be seen in its multitude of colour combinations:

 

 

You know a trend is firmly cemented when they are used in non-Optical related ad campaigns:
 

 

My favourite wearer of the round spectacle frame has to be McFly’s Tom Fletcher, who has the style in several colours and isn’t afraid to bear them all over his Instagram. ❤️ you Tom!

 

 

If you read my blog post “The Significance of Face Shape when Choosing Glasses”, you’ll know that this trend is perfect, as round spectacles tend to suit most face shapes (oval/long/square/heart), possibly with the exception of those who have a more rounded face shape, which can serve to emphasise ithe fact. However, as I always say never be afraid to try them on, because you never know, you might just look awesome in them!?

 

If you have succumbed to the round trend please send me a picture (preferably of you wearing them!) as I’d love to see them! Share them on my Facebook or Twitter page using the hashtag #roundframes – thank you!

 

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