We just can't help but share this snapshot we took today from the Marie Saeki showroom of one of Selima Optique's new Spring 09 styles. The grey and black frames have rich layers of monochromatic tones. Our first thought was a vision of these glasses in a wardrobe filled with black, grey, and brown basics. If you can't stand latex, better stick with what is considered classic. Let's pray for eyeglass prescriptions come Spring!!
An original photo editorial by Coutorture.com. Photographer Jonathan Melamed, Makeup Sarah Conley, Sylists Stephanie Draves and Megan Zanke, Fashion Editors Julie Fredrickson and Megan Zanke, Model Doris from Red Model Management, Clothing by Alice & Olivia, Adam, Pencey, DAVIS by Ruth Davis, Dolce Vita, jewelry by Deka Ray, glasses by Selima Optique, hosiery by Falke.
Clear shades are popular with the fashion folk this summer. Hardly a day goes by that we don't see a pair of acetates staring back out at us. For Fall acetate frames will still be around, but in the form of eyeglasses (we're down with going it seventh grade style and wearing them even if you don't require them), our pick in that regard is the Selima pair for J. Crew. Alas, we are still in shades weather and in that regard the Nicole 002 by Benjamin Eyewear takes the cake (left). Forget looking like the Terminator with thick all-black shades, the acetate trend is letting the real thing show-off (i.e. your face!). If you're stuck in between two worlds, Wayfarer put out a two-tone number that we've seen a few chicsters sporting. We think the two-tone kind of makes you look like your eighty years old but in a good way. Also on our radar is this pair, by Grey Ant. The case these shades come in is as big as a briefcase but the shades are pretty amazing and aptly named, The Status Sunglasses. If you can't be asked to drop some dough, Urban Outfitters has a pair of acetate shades for less than it costs to fill up your tank (minus a million).
What attitude or personality best describes Marie Saeki PR and the lines that you represent? Our team is an international mix of open-minded and positive people, with a strong fashionable attitude and a sense of humor. The lines we represent reflect the personality of our office.
What are some of the differences between working with the larger publications versus smaller ones or websites? The differences are similar yet respective to the scale of the media company. For example, the monthly and seasonally printed publications have to forecast what is going to happen months in advance, and we have to wait to see if our products have been selected for editorials. Websites are very exciting because the Internet is able to instantly broadcast something new and there is an instant result to show our clients.
What is your average day at the showroom like? Answering a very, very large amount of emails and writing an even bigger amount to our clients, editors, stylists, and journalists. We are in constant communication because new ideas are always being brainstormed and pitched. Samples and products are sent out daily for photo shoots and other product placements. Depending on the season, fashion shows and events are planned and executed. There really is no average day because each day presents new tasks and requests. Our biggest daily issue is deciding where we should order lunch.
What is the most stressful part of your job? Worrying about not having results to show our clients.
And, your favorite part of your job? Pitching, it's like a game. It is always fun to find the right angle when introducing a new concept or fashion happening.
An original photo editorial for Coutorture.com. Photographer Alex Norden, Fashion Editor Megan Zanke and Julie Fredrickson, Glasses by Theo, Anne et Valentin, and Selima Optique, Models Lys Opp-Beckman, Chris Habana, Ann Malinowsky, Jennifer Gerson, Leilani Arita, Carissa Ackerman, Joshua David Stein, Dustin Kime, Amanda Simms Hunt, and Jeffrey Robbins