Flock To These Glasses

Putting the "cat" on cat-eye glasses: Anna-Karin Karlsson sunglasses, from Elodie K.

Putting the “cat” on cat-eye glasses: Anna-Karin Karlsson sunglasses, from Elodie K.

Between our visit to the Rachel Zoe offices and cocktail party later that night, Jslow and I killed some time doing what we do best: shopping.

After hitting Helmut Lang and Ten Over Six, we made our way to Alfred’s coffee shop on Melrose Place to check email, drink coffee, sneak stares at Ben Flajnik of the Bachelor, and freshen up in their single-passenger bathroom. But before we could do any of that, we detoured into the tiny jewel-box of a boutique next door, Elodie K.

Italia Independent sunglasses, classic stud frame. Jslow bought these velvet beauties with rose-gold studs, one of her signature moves.

Italia Independent sunglasses, classic stud frame. Jslow bought these velvet “flocked” beauties with rose-gold studs, one of her signature moves.

Recently opened, Elodie K. is the brainchild of Parisian Elodie Khavat who’s career in the fashion industry included stints at Printemps and BCBG before relocating to Los Angeles to launch her own jewelry line.

This year, she opened her namesake store on Melrose Place to house her jewelry line as well as her favorite pieces and brands from around the world.

So thanks, Elodie, for introducing us to Italia Independent, an incredibly chic line of affordable sunglasses, and Anna-Karin Karlsson, a line of less-affordable, but more out there shades.

Anna-Karin Karlsson, Isola Ella sunglases, from Elodie K.

Anna-Karin Karlsson, Isola Ella sunglases, from Elodie K.

We happen to think that sunglasses are the perfect thing to buy ever. Why?

The list:

1) They’re fun

2) They’re affordable

3) They’re easy to wear

4) They don’t make one look fat

5) They do hide our wrinkles and dark circles

6) They add instant glamour and mystery

7) They go with anything

8) They easily fit into one’s purse for easy transport from the store, which means they

9) Are also easy to slip past husbands and others who frown upon our purchases

10) They allow us a small bit of style real estate to experiment with, and take baby steps towards going outside of one’s comfort zone

11) They can define our “look”, become our signature

Karl in his signature Italia Independent shades.

Karl in his signature Italia Independent shades.

Just look at Karl Lagerfeld. His designs for Chanel and Fendi are breathtaking and frustratingly out of reach to most of us, yet his signature look of dark glasses come courtesy of Italia Independent — something we all can attain.

And any brand that’s approved by Kaiser Karl we will flock to.

So ladies, get your asses some glasses ASAP. And send us the results.

2 Responses

    1. Paula

      Hi Wendy: So glad you like them! Jslow always wears the best shades, and has inspired me to view them like shoes — fashion items to have multiples of, for different looks, moods, weather…and we both think that the variety and quality has never been better. Let us know if you find any we should check out! xoxo

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