Stars Show Up for Sunglass Hut Flagship Store Opening

Two floors and 6,000 sq ft of designer sunglasses on New York’s most fashionable avenue!

That’s what Sunglass Hut invited the stars out to celebrate when it opened its flagship store on Fifth Avenue yesterday.

Hosting the event was recently named Sunglass Hut Style Director, Rachel Bilson.

The new store, in addition to stocking Burberry, Bvlgari, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Persol, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany & Co., and Versace, will  feature an uber-cool interactive shopping experience. Customers will be able to try eyewear by taking pictures of themselves, and playing them through a touch screen.

Read more for pics of the celebs who attended.

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Go Shopping in Kim Kardashian’s Closet

Kim Kardashian fans and fashionistas worldwide can shop Kim’s closet online during the coming week.

According to her eBay page, bidding  on her new and “gently used” designer pieces ends July 14.

Some of the hundreds of items include shoes from designers such as Christan Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, and Manolo Blahnik, plus dresses from Herve Leger, Mandalay, Vera Wang, La Perla, and Philip Lim, to name just a few. Handbags from Louis Vuitton, Prada, Chanel, Gucci, and Jimmy Choo are included in the lot.

The dance shoes Kim wore on Dancing with the Stars, plus some of her red carpet pieces, are also available.

We’re told other items will include pieces from Kim’s mom Kris, her boyfriend Reggie Bush, as well as sister Khloe.

The reality TV star will share the proceeds with The Dream Foundation.

It’s the first national wish granting organization for adults suffering from life-limiting illness. They’ve already fulfilled over 8,000 wishes.

Read more about Dream Foundation.

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It’s All Prada in Rockefeller Center

Prada and Sunglass Hut have made Rockefeller Center more exciting for fashion fanatics.

If you walk by the existing Sunglass Hut store at that location from tomorrow to May 5, it may look a little different.

That’s because Prada and the sunglasses store have operned a temporary eyewear concept store there.

The temporary boutique will offer exclusive and special edition Prada sunglasses.

If you can’t make it there before May 5, the sunglass collection will be available online at www.sunglasshut.com after that date.

If you’re in California, Florida, New York, and Nevada, you might notice a similar concept dedicated to Prada in nine area stores.

Be sure to check out sunglasshut.com for the Prada minisite this week, too!

Bags on Blast

Bill Cunningham of the New York Times, takes a closer look at the world of big, colorful handbags.

In this audio slideshow, he gives us a tour around New York, with inspiring takes on interesting and fabulous bags from labels like Balenciaga, Gucci and Prada being toted around by women in the big city.

Check it out.

The Pope Wears Prada – NOT!

The Associated Press reports:

The devil may wear Prada _ but the pope does not. According to the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, the bright red loafers that Pope Benedict XVI wears are not designed by the Milanese fashion house, as has long been rumored.

“Obviously the attribution was false,” the Vatican newspaper said in its Thursday’s editions.

“Such rumors are inconsistent with the simple and somber man who, on the day of his election to the papacy, showed to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square and to the whole world the sleeves of a modest black sweater,” it said.

Still, Benedict’s fashion sense has often drawn media attention.

Three years ago around Christmas, he showed up for his weekly public audience in St. Peter’s Square wearing a fur-trimmed stocking cap that could have passed for a Santa Claus hat. The hat, as it turned out, is a “camauro,” which dates back to the Middle Ages and figures in many papal portraits.

On a separate occasion, Benedict sported a sumptuous red velvet cape trimmed in ermine _ another piece of traditional papal attire that had long been abandoned.

L’Osservatore Romano said the pope’s interest in clothes has nothing to do with fashion and everything to do with liturgy _ what symbolism traditional garments can bring to the Christian liturgy.

“The pope, therefore, does not wear Prada, but Christ,” L’Osservatore said.

Fash Fix

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Lauren Conrad rocks the oversized sunglasses trend.

 

Associated Press’ Samantha Critchell explores the rising trend of oversized sunglasses.

And from the looks of things, this statement-making fad is far from over.

All those celebrities in oversized sunglasses might be doing more than shielding themselves from the paparazzi: Large lenses, especially those that fit the contours of the face, provide better protection from the sun’s rays.

 

Trends in sunglasses shapes don’t necessarily change from year to year, because once people find the shape that they feel best suits their face, they tend to stick with it, says Michael Hansen, vice president and general manager of the upscale retail chain Ilori.

“If you’re just looking at glasses side by side on a table, you might not see many differences between the glasses, but a trained eye will know what works. Once you try the styles on, a round vs. a rectangular will look dramatically different,” he says. “A subtle change in design is amplified on the face.”

For those who do want to try the bug-eye look, Hansen suggests the Prada butterfly for people with round or oval faces, and round-lens Dolce & Gabbana frames for a rectangular face.

Soltis, of the nonprofit Vision Council that promotes eye care, says the oversized frames are a win-win situation for the wearer because they make a fashion statement and provide extra shade from the UV rays.

“Everyone is paying attention to skin cancer and the skin tissue around the eye is very delicate,” she says. “Oversized frames do give more protection on the face, and they also give more protection on the sides, which means less squinting. Squinting goes against the young, fabulous and firm mindset because you get crow’s feet.”