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The cyclical nature of fashion trends is responsible for a resurgence in the deeper shapes and larger scale of some eyewear arriving at our stores.  These new proportions may not exceed, but are reminiscent of those typified in the 1980’s when hair was big and shoulders were amply padded.

Carol Pope in Mugler c.1980 Photo by Jorge Zontal, cofounder of the artistic collective General Idea

Celebrated vocalist Carol Pope has confirmed her patronage of Josephson Opticians  during the era of excess.  I believe she, like Mrs. Josephson, appreciated the stylings of the most avant garde designers of the time to the same degree.  Carol wore garments created by Claude Montana and Thierry Mugler, and literally sang their praises in the song  ‘Fashion Victim’.  Mrs. J. collected their eyewear – rare runway pieces produced in collaboration with vanguard optician Alain Mikli.

Montana creations, including ‘Cle de Sol’ c.1982 produced by Alain Mikli

Many of the pieces from Mrs. Josephson’s vintage collection are on view at our flagship location.  Carol’s music is on heavy rotation there, too.  As ‘Rough Trade’ (1974-1988) she and collaborator Kevan Staples released some audacious tunes.  When you visit us you may hear Inga Rumpf’s cover of ‘Grade B Movie’, Dusty Springfield’s rendition of ‘Soft Core’ or James Cavaluzzo’s remix of ‘All Touch’.

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Exquisite Visuals

06 Sep

Xavier Dolan

English Canadians  will have an opportunity to view  Xavier Dolan’s  latest film this September at the Toronto International Film Festival.  Programmer Steve Gravestock suggests that “Laurence Anyways emerges as possibly the most audacious and searing meditation on love and sexuality ever made in this country”.  There may not be a dry eye in the house when this is screened.

Laurence Anyways Trailer

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“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream”.
Vincent Van Gogh
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Marguerite “Peggy” Guggenheim

New York socialite Peggy Guggenheim was instrumental in the promotion of International Modernism.  Within a decade she amassed an impressive collection of Surrealist, Kinetic and Abstract Expressionist art.  Her circle of influence included the likes of Man Ray, Alexander Calder and Marcel Duchamp.  In 1949 the whole kit and caboodle was relocated to  the city of Venice.

Peggy throws a party at the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal

Peggy may have gotten a charge out of these pieces of contemporary eyerwear which evoke some of the irrevrence and whimsy associated with her own personal style and tastes.  They are produced by Anne et Valentin, Face a Face and Alain Mikli.

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