Crazy Amazing Sunglasses

Carretto Sunglasses

Handmade and hand painted sunglasses created by master craftsmen from the Sicilian tradition who lend their skills to fashion

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Dolce & Gabbana

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Take A Look On How It’s done

Dolce&Gabbana pays homage to the Sicilian cart with a special Sicilian Carretto eyewear collection, of which only 100 numbered pieces have been produced. One of the best-known symbols of Sicilian folk iconography, the cart was created as a means of transport that responded to practical needs, but went on to be transformed into a vehicle for cultural transmission. Sculpture and painting were applied its various constituent parts to represent moments from the island’s history, or from epic stories or popular religion, creating valuable constructions that were genuine traveling works of art.

The imageries of the collection theme are rooted in ancient traditions from Sicily; the island deeply embedded into the souls of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana and the source of their infinite inspiration. The traditional puppet and marionette theater featuring medieval knights and dames; the carretto and the Sicilian wheel are all elements of Dolce&Gabbana aesthetics.

The sunglasses are made from canaletto walnut, with relief miniatures hand-painted by a craftsman. For the traditional cart, details were illuminated by two layers of white and yellow paint: a time consuming task that was undertaken with great care and passion. These sunglasses reveal the same attention to detail: the relief decorations on the frame front are first painted in red with yellow motifs, then in blue, green and orange, according to a precise ritual of colors dictated by Sicilian tradition. Like the antique carts, every pair of glasses is a special piece: the decorator’s hand renders each model completely unique.

The limited edition sunglasses have grey tinted lenses and the Dolce&Gabbana logo engraved on a gold plaque located on the inner temple. They are presented in packaging entirely made from fabric with the Carretto print.

Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana

Dreamy

Photo:I love this dress. I wish I could have been a fly on the wall when Christian Dior designed it.  Yards and yards of tule and lace. Tiers and layers at different lengths, full, unique and inventive.  This silhouette in the 1950’s was unique to Christian Dior.  A picture of it hangs in the Salon in Paris. It has everything I can think of that makes me feel dreamy about fashion. It’s a delightful confection, full of life and the glamour of anticipation of something wonderful and wistful about to happen or has just happened. Sigh . . .

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Here We Go!!!

Well this is my first post. eeeeeek! I wonder if other bloggers feel like this. I’m really a mess. Well this will be the first of many many discussions we have together.  This is were we will talk about fashion, from everything to why Haute Couture to what your walking out the door in. But my passion the thing that makes my heart sing are the details of garments created by talented and beyond talented designers.  I have a blog on tumblr take a look and see what I’m talking about. So  I asked my tumblr followers what they would like to hear me talk about.  They gave me lots and lots of great ideas. Soooo wish me luck!

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