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.
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.
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’.