12 Mar Eyewear adds glamour -- and gets laughs -- at 2014 Oscars

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I’ve always loved the Oscars telecast. This year, as INVISION editor, I had a new reason to watch: the eyewear.

Samuel Jackson drew rave reviews on Facebook’s Luxury Eyewear Forum for his cobalt and pewter Karlheinz frames by Barton Perreira, donned -- appropriately enough -- as he helped present the Oscar for costume design. Barton Perreira noted the choice on its Facebook page and Twitter feed, and at least one retailer jumped at the chance to promote the style on social media, too.

Risi Optique of Frisco, TX, shared Barton Perreira’s video clip on its page, writing, “What an Oscars last night! Here is Samuel L. Jackson wearing Barton Perreira Karlheinz. Stop by to place your order!” The store in the North Dallas suburb also posted a photo of John Ridley wearing Mykita’s Martin frames as he accepted the award for Best Adapted Screenplay (for 12 Years a Slave), adding, “Luckily we have this in stock for you to try on.”

Speaking of Best Costume Design, the Oscar went to Catherine Martin for her work in The Great Gatsby. Clodagh Norton of eyestylist.com passed along word that Roth’s website noted how Elizabeth Debicki -- playing Jordan Baker in the film -- wore a vintage round Christian Roth tortoise frame in the film.

Funnyman Jim Carrey got one of the night’s biggest laughs when said Hollywood “has relied upon a special kind of magic to conjure movie heroes of all shapes and sizes from genies, ogres and talking toys to flying elephants and dancing penguins. Of course, this magic I’m referring to is LSD.” As the audience laughed, Carrey looked perplexed before pulling a pair of glasses from his suit pocket. “I might be reading that wrong,” he deadpanned as he slipped on the specs and squinted toward the teleprompter. “It’s animation … I was way off! Sometimes when you watch this stuff, it’s like … anyway … ” See Carrey cut up here … and check out more Oscar eyewear highlights at the Eyecessorize blog.

Last modified on Thursday, 13 March 2014 08:37
Julie Fanselow

Julie Fanselow is INVISION editor-in-chief. She has been wearing glasses since the fourth grade -- right about the same time she decided she wanted to be a journalist. Coincidence?