men's : 1970-2000 : k8353
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product code : k8353 : £ 145
  • 1970's layered mottled tortoise on crystal plastic frame
    marked YVES SAINT LAURENT PARIS

  • Can be glazed with Rx or sunglasses lenses.

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  • As a couturier who wore glasses, starting when young with a fine but still large,

    metal and acetate pair (possibly a frame from the company Amor?) and then

    by the 1970's wearing a distinctive, curvy but still large all-acetate frame, that

    he pretty much stayed with for decades, it's interesting to see Yves Saint Laurent's

    own eyewear designs for men. From about 1975 onwards, Saint Laurent and

    others like Cardin and Lapidus, were among the first to develop eyewear lines,

    possibly because these haute-couture designers had been early to embrace

    ready-to-wear, for men and women. Initially, these designers sold their

    pret-a-porter in their French boutiques, but as the international demand grew

    for these more accessible clothes and accessories, so exclusive shops and

    department stores wanted to stock these luxury names. Not hard to imagine

    the men's display in a traditional optical store in London or New York in the

    1970's being enlivened too by the European styles delivered by Yves Saint

    Laurent's Sun and Optical frames. This frame had a name - looks like it could

    have been Jupiter - and dates from the late 70's or early 80's. It actually

    harks back a little to Saint Laurent's own frame from the early 60's. The

    front is a layered acetate - a mock tortoiseshell 'outline' layer over the clear,

    for a sporty mask-like effect - think of a slim, scuba mask shape- and the

    slender sides are polished golden metal on the outside, with a matching

    tortoiseshell colour enamel/lacquer inlay. Inside arms have a matte finish. As

    Saint Laurent wore glasses all his days, it's not hard to imagine he enjoyed

    designing frames for men that he knew would liberate the stuffed shirts and

    stiff upper lips - a world away from his bohemia, in their boardrooms and

    maybe bedrooms.

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vintage eyewear : mens : 1970's by YVES SAINT LAURENT (FRANCE)
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