Spectacularly Unlucky Batsman Sehwag
New Specs… Howzat…?
What a very odd spectacles story in India Today on line which lists the bad luck of Indian batsman Virender Sehbag and/or his spectacles as two possible reasons that he was stumped. To be honest I cannot quite understand how he got out but I think either the bowl or his deflection of same threw the ball into theair and Sehwag couldn’t see it in the air whilst it rather flukily dropped onto his stumps. Out! Shane Warne & Alan Border, commentating called it bad luck.
I guess one reason that the story had some news value was that apart from the unusual “out” it was this well known cricketers debut in spectacles, in this, his 103rd test match.
Famous Cricketing Spectacle Wearers…
Sehwag joins the ranks of Anshuman Gaekwad, Zaheer Abbas, Gordon Greenidge, Geoffrey Boycott, Anil Kumble, Narendra Hirwani and Daniel Vettori as cricketing spectacles wearers. In the article there was some discussion about the problems of peripheral vision in specs. And we all know that when you wear your glasses that your vision adjusts to the slightly different field that your vision presents. I know that when I’m wearing spectacles in the house (ay for TV) I have to be extra careful going up or down stairs as I’m not used to glasses indoors.
Having put up a post last week about Rey… (goodness what a hard word to spell if you’re not from Iceland) ..etc Eyes, they kindly got in touch with Spectacles Blog and sent me more pictures with real people in looking great in their specs. Even better (he says selfishly) they’re going to send me one of their one piece frames.
NO screws and NO hinge to go wrong. Perfect timing as my then-current everyday specs of which I was fond j,ust broke at the hinge. It’s either glue them or put in the never-ever do pile. It’s probably the latter to be honest.
So quite soon I hope I’ll have some new frames (but have to get my prescription lenses put in). I’ll then have a pair of almost indestructible Titanium, no-breakable-parts, ultra-lightweight spectacles. And they look really good… The exact model I’ve left up to them. Watch this space.
The only downside will be the fact that I’ll never look as good as their models in them. See above left!
Colours scheme spectacle Cavalli style
Over the years we’ve said a lot (often cribbed from other sites and info by those who have studied this at some length) about how to choose spectacles to suit you – see Choosing Spectacles category for lots of angles including eye shape/face shape/make up etc etc…
But then two things happened  sod the rules became a more popular philosophy and  people buy more specs and why not choose them for your colour outfit.
So now why not get some extra spectacles in every which colour and wear them according to your outfit rather than your face shape. And while you’re at it go for some different shapes and styles and have some fun.
All Quiet on The Spectacles Front… But The Wait Is Over…
It’s been some time since we mentioned our favourite inexpensive spectacles retailer – Select Specs. And even though they pretty regularly send me and thouands of their other customers one or two emails a month, Ive not used them recently. I didn’t need any more specs for a while you see. But we have a new car (extra, what!) and I like to keep a pair of glasses in any car I drive to stop that foolish rush back in through the door (unlocking, locking) and the humiliating “forgot the specs” to anyone inside…
So I’ve rejected the Tom Ford special offers (see picture) and have plumped for one pair of clip ons which come with the specs as a package so you know they fit (regular readers will know I’m a big fan of clip ons and you’ll see these when I get them for a test drive) and a pair that I think will match the car (Alfa R.) but only cost £14.95. And that’s the joy of Select Specs – you don’t have to break the bank to get a new spare pair of specs. And I can only assume that the top brand specs they now sell in some depth & breadth are equally good value.
Watch this space for an update and pictures to follow…
Great Looking Spectacles Pictures on Reyjkavik Eyes
Spectacles with a face…
As so often an email turns up with either too much or too little info… but I guess it did the trick as I’m talking about it. This particular email said there was a new website for Reykjavik Eyes: The trouble is I didn’t know about the old site [a] if there was one or if it was any good or very different. (And it included a picture like the one shown here which is what caught my eye. There’s the start of another spectacles based pun.*)
Spectacles pictures need faces
I haven’t studied the spectacles in too great detail because before I got to that I again realised how important the face is when taking good pictures of glasses. The picture above (the site’s home page) looks great doesn’t it… But is it the face or the specs…?! Have I managed to find the right pair as pictured without a face?
Spectacles without a face
The MS6 in titanium in black as right are the same specs as above. So which looks better…? Mind when you do look carefully there’s a few specs which do have something special in themselves as the one piece titanium glasses below left, which are called rimless even though they have a rim – albeit very thin. They don’t have a picture of these specs on a face to compare.
One piece rimless spectacles with a rim!
Talking of puns, a joke: Have I said this before… Conjunctivitus.com – a site for sore eyes. (I must have re-told that joke, surely.)
Classic Sunglasses from the 1950′s & 1960′s
At London Battersea’s Decorative Antiques Fair yesterdayand on one of the new stands and a little off the side of the normal furnishings and decorative arts was a wonderful collection of late 20th Century ladies accessories like handbags and jewellery. Amongst this and what caught my eye were these two pairs of sunglasses. The blue pair were labelled “exceptional Limited Edition Sunglasses, representing the most famous movies of Brigitte Bardot (Babette 1959 and Maria (1965)”.
The second pair, I’m afraid that didn’t catch the label. I was so busy trying to get good pictures (something I think I managed even if I do say so myself). Pretty good looking in both cases though my preference is for the blue pair. Is that just the BB connection, I wonder…?
The exhibitor is Katherleys SPRL of Brussels, Belgium who specialise in collectables from the world of “fashion & luxury”. Katheley’s BUY or SELL. Their stock includes vintage haute couture jewellery & clothing, unique and/or limited edition creations and luxury “pieces of cinema”. Tres Bon…
If you haven’t seen these you may not be interested… and I can’t blame you. They are an idea but then they are quite expensive and not particularly attractive. And they come in no choices as far as styling goes. They do come in three strengths of reading glasses.
They do come in different colours but they don’t picture these in situ. See http://www.lookielous.com if you want to know more
Fake Glasses or a Fake Story?
According to both Luxotica and Specsavers there are a lot of fake glasses being sold. (One source said 10,000 pairs at SS last year.) And why? because of the image of being more intelligent.
It’s the full circle isn’t it from NHS super-bully-able to chic super-employable.
There was a picture of two girls in an Australian news-site wearing thick frames but they didn’t look like they were taking it seriously. The picture was credited to the Telegraph but I cannot find the story there. So maybe the whole thing was a PR puff in the first place..?
Talking of fake glasses…
Properly fake glasses
I also read somewhere that Sarah Palin (see previous Spectacles Blog Palin stories) were fake as someone noticed no distortion through them. He suspects that she only wears them to make her look intelligent.
And lastly really fake glasses
Finally, a mention for our lady on the right – Ingrid Michaelson. She is wearing fake glasses, painted on if you look carefully. See her on Myspace by clicking the picture. She is having a lot of fun both in and out of her spectacles.
Hey Wait A Minute… We’re Spectacles Blog…
Why did you have to choose my name…?
I just foundout about this… The Spectacle Blog about nothing to do with spectacles or glasses of any kind. It’s just a play on words for their “Spectator” on-line title. Oh well. Do I care….
I’ve come across two new spectacles sites (new to me) which I guess I was alerted to – in a comment I think so it was probably from a PR somewhere. But both are intrigueing and both have some great glasses… Both are German.
Hot Frost: Great glasses but music too much…
Groovey glasses, groovey site but annoying music
The Frosts seem to be a family firm with Paris and Marion Frost leading the way in slightly Austin Powers way, but hey I love the spectacles in many shapes and sizes but none of them really holding back. Not glasses for the shy and retiring…
The only problem I had was the music on the site which I had to turn off. Now it may be that I’m old and boring (though not in spectacles design) but the whole site was too “now” and the music, both volume and style just put me off. Let the glasses speak for themselves is what I say. But really good designs and materials. Go look at them…
Yabi Spirit: Interesting Specs & great graphics & pics
Plenty more like this…
So now go and see Yabi Spirit where they too have some great spectacles although not all to my taste. What I like is the photography and styling and the enormous effort they have put in. In fact my favourites remain unpictured here. Not sure why I chose this one. I might have to go back and get a nother more to my taste image.
If you want to see the whole range go to the catalogue section.