For the past two years, I have been a serious devotee of Marc Jacobs sunglasses. I have multiple pairs and became a fan because they work on small faces (which is really, really hard to find - trust me). But during this past Fashion Week I was filming a video at Expose NY (a showcase of fabulous clothing and accessories designers), and discovered ic! berlin, an amazing sunglass company. I immediately started chatting with the company's reps and was instantly drawn to their fantastic super-oversized frames. And when one of the lovely guys at their table insisted I try on the "mercredi" style, I officially fell in love...because not only were they gorgeous, but they actually worked on my small face (Marc, you definitely have competition...)!
Part of their "tres chic!" collection, I have now had the pleasure of wearing the "mercredi" frames for about two weeks...and our love affair continues. The frames are made from completely bendable steel with no screws...instead, the arms simply slide out of flat hinges on the side. The design is genius on so many levels...for women like me who often carry tiny little clutches, I know that I'm not going to crack the bendable frame (not so much with my big shields or Jackie O-style frames...), and they also weigh next to nothing (literally, I can't even feel them on my face) and will be amazing when summer rolls around and even having sunglasses on your face makes you too hot!
I have been wearing the gunmetal color, but the frames come in a bling-y but matte gold as well as a sleek (and also matte) chrome, and black. I have gotten a hundred compliments and the shades have worked with my puffy coat to walk my dog just as well as they have with a dress and fur jacket for a lunch meeting. And I especially love that this fashion-forward line from the well-known German eyeglass company was designed by women just for women (probably why the styles work on so many different face shapes and sizes!), and yes, even Madonna has mulitple pairs. There are four other styles, each named for a different day of the week ("mercredi" is "Wednesday" in French...), all of which have the same low-lying arms that add drama and create a retro-glam feel.
Hmmm, I think I definitely need a gold pair next...