A New Era
Happy New Year!
Today I’d like to feature Tom Ford’s ad campaign for his new eyewear collection.
But before we get to these lovely eye pieces comes a little story about what happened on the night of December 28, 2010, and is the main reason why we’re featuring eyewear today. Oh yes.
December 28, 2010: The End of An Era
Within hours of my birthday on December 29, I was at a friend’s home celebrating the holidays, my impending birthday and all the promise that comes with a New Year.
At some point late into the night, tired and relaxed, I removed my precious iconic eyeglasses and forgot that I lazily set them down on the sofa next to me. Of course what happened next is little surprise: I moved and crushed them. Split them, actually, right in the centre.
The significance of what happened was more than I could bear: the l.a. Eyeworks Cornu eyeglasses was my signature pair of eyewear-! They were fantastic on me and for the first time in my eyewear life (since grade 8) I felt that eyeglasses were part of me. Together we could brave the world and be a success!
How would I ever recover from this loss? Well, better to laugh than cry, and laugh we did.
After our laughter subsided and the evening ended, I came home completely down, ready to just crawl under the bed but- wouldn’t you know it- my perfect boyfriend had left a sweet surprise on the bed! All wrapped up and prettied with a bow was my birthday gift: a beautiful ukulele! How exciting!!! (If it hadn’t been for this most desired gift, I think that my broken eyeglass tears might have become real tears. Sigh.)
As you can imagine, I had a hard time falling asleep that night, worried that it was all over and that I would never find anything else that connected with me. I felt that my identity was jeopardized- cut off, my sense of self in a big question mark. I was an astronaut in outer space, my tether to the ship broken, me floating slowly without direction into the ether.
I’d bought the precious frames at Rapp Optical in the summer of 2009. They were on the sale rack, patiently waiting for the right match to walk through the door and give them a life (me). And what a life we had together: traveling across the world (well, Mexico), attending fashion events and seeing dear friends tie the knot.
These eyeglasses worked with every outfit, every day. I was constantly stopped because people wanted to admire them; I was told that they were my signature look. They were me and I was them.
The next morning on December 29th, my birthday, I walked into Rapp Optical and begged them to see what they could do. Sure enough, my worse fears were confirmed: the l.a. Eyeworks Cornu frames were out of production. Obtaining a replacement was impossible. Repairing them was not an option.
Defeated, I tried on a slew of other eyeglasses, nothing came close to making me feel better. I left the store with my broken glasses and went to Poutini’s House of Poutine for lunch and to plan my next move.
A month before any of this happened, a friend had recommended a new place for eyeglasses: Pacific Mall. Located in Markham, it meant a bit of a drive to get there but I was told that it was a mecca for eyewear at greatly reduced prices. At this point it was worth a shot and so off I went. And I found-!
A New Era Begins
Now, let’s not get too excited- I didn’t find the Cornu eyeglasses, but much to my surprise, I found several pairs of eyeglasses that looked great on me and felt pretty good, too. Nothing comes close to my Cornus, but I’ll say that there were some very strong second-place finishes, one of which I gave a new home: my face.
I bought a new frame and ordered lenses all for a total of $160! Yes- that’s pretty darned amazing, isn’t it? And might I add that they were ready for me to pick up within 24h of submitting my prescription to the shop?
At this price, I’m going to be stocking up on eyewear this year. And since I bought a fairly distinctive pair, I’ll have to add something a little more neutral to my rotation.
And so what did I buy? A beautiful candy-coloured plastic frame with large lilac-pink front and silver temples thin-striped with black. They’re very bright and quite remarkable: they are a sugary-sweet smile on my face. I miss my Cornus but I’m getting over it thanks to my pretty new frames.
Icon: The l.a. Eyeworks Cornu
Well, well. As it turns out, the Cornu eyeglasses that I so dearly loved are one of the l.a. Eyeworks eyeglass frames of high regard. Chances are (at least, I’m hoping) that the company will produce them again, and although it’s highly unlikely that new ones would ever be made in the fantastic blue and red swirl colour that I wore, I’ll be game to try some other colour variation.
I’ve already found one supplier online, Eyeglass.com, that offers the frame in different colours, and at the tune of $420, I will wait on ordering- for now. My next move is to email l.a. Eyeworks and speak to them about my heart/glasses-break, the company’s future collections, and would they happen to have a pair of blue and red Cornus kicking around by any chance?
UPDATE: I emailed l.a. Eyeworks and – Christmas 2011 came early -they have a pair of Cornu frames (the last one in the world)!!!!!!!!! And it’s in my swirly blue/red colour! OMG! It’s ordered and coming to mama :). Thank you so much l.a. Eyeworks- you’ve made my birthday and year!
Tom Ford Eyewear for Spring/Summer 2011
Among the many lovely styles that I coveted at Pacific Mall, there were a few Tom Ford eyeglasses that stood out from the rest. Vintage-inspired, the Tom Ford approach is right up my alley and I’m seeing a pair in my future.
Today we’re featuring Tom Ford’s collection of eyewear for spring 2011. I think you’ll agree that there are a few pieces here that would be right at home on the bridge of my nose (and quite possibly yours, too).
Tom Ford images courtesy of Tom Ford.