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New York Fashion Week: Shades on parade

September 24, 2009 |  1:33 pm

The recently wrapped New York Fashion week shows were so upbeat and optimistic, at one point I'd


joked that if we made it through the week without hearing Timbuk3's "Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades," it would be nothing short of a miracle.

While I never did hear the song (I'm waiting for my Jesus on a tortilla moment), I did end up seeing a whole lot of accessorizing with sunglasses. One name that cropped up in the show notes with some regularity was Silver Lining Opticians, a shop in New York's SoHo neighborhood that has worked closely with the fashion community, accessorizing shows for the last few seasons.

For the SprRage_monarchy1ing/Summer 2010 New York shows, Silver Lining co-owner Jordan Silver told me the shop provided old-school shades (it only deals in older, vintage brands and styles) for the Araks, Spurr, Rachel Antonoff, Antonio Azzuolo, Boy by Band of Outsiders and Shipley & Halmos shows, as well as the sunglass lenses for the Proenza Schouler show (the boys had their own frames), about 100 pair of vintage sunglasses in all.

The other name that caught my eye was a bit closer to home --  L.A. Eyeworks, which once again provided the distinctive ocular ornamentation for the Monarchy Collection show.

Will Spring/Summer 2010 be the season of the statement sunglasses? Maybe not. But it's clear that if a designer (and/or his or her show stylist) wanted to telegraph the unbridled optimism of the moment with a simple accessory, the eyes had it.

-- Adam Tschorn

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Photo (top): A model at the Band of Outsiders show wears vintage sunglasses from Silver Lining Opticians. Credit: Peter Stigter and Jonas Gustavsson / For The Times

Photo (bottom): A model at the Monarch Collection show in L.A. Eyeworks frames. Credit: Kristian Dowling / Getty Images for IMG