{Giveaway} Carmen Marc Valvo Glasses

Carmen Marc Valvo is giving away glasses to four lucky FOFs. The winners can choose any pair of optical or sunglasses from this season’s line. Enter to win by answering in the comments below: Do you have good eyesight?

How has a 40-something male fashion designer become the go-to eyewear designer for FOF women? Just ask Carmen Marc Valvo. From the day he launched his line, in 1989, his designs have been a hit with FOFs, including Iman, Oprah, Jessica Lange and Kim Catrall. Perhaps it’s because Valvo got his start as a ready-to-wear designer for Nina Ricci, who started her wildly successful clothing line at age 49.
Carmen also knows what FOFs want, because he surrounds himself with them–Vanessa Williams is a long-time friend who he partnered with in 2008 on a public service campaign about the importance of colorectal cancer screenings (he was diagnosed with the disease in 2003). In 2005 he joined Katie Couric and the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA) for the Be Seen, Be Screened campaign.
Valvo launched his eyewear collection in 2007, with an emphasis on glasses that transition from day to evening. “I wear and work with the brand because it fits my lifestyle,” says FOF Renee Edelstein, Western Regional Sales Director for the company. “I can go from casual to formal and my eyewear works for both.”
To find a retailer of Carmen Marc Valvo eyewear in your area, visit www.SigEye.com.

Enter to win glasses from Carmen Marc Valvo by answering in the comments below: Do you have good eyesight?

Four FOFs will win. The winners can choose ANY pair of optical or sunglasses from this season’s line.

(See all our past winners, here.)
(See official rules, here.)

Contest closes November 17, 2011 at midnight E.S.T.

Thank you for entering. This contest is now closed.

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{Style Expert} Goodbye, Granny Glasses!

Guys will make passes at FOFs who wear these glasses.

Fifteen years ago, FOF Felice Dee bought her first pair of reading glasses. Her young daughter took one look and said “Oh, mommy, you look just like grandma!” Horrified, Felice searched New York for more flattering frames and couldn’t believe the lack of options. Soon after, she left a successful career as an interior designer (“I was ready for a change…”) and opened her eponymous eyeglasses shop. She’s since developed a cult following among Hollywood stylists who trust her to fit their stars with perfect spectacles. “It’s most important to me that all of my clients leave looking great,” says Felice. “Even if it means telling them they can’t buy a frame they love, because it doesn’t fit right.”

Here, Felice offers tips for fitting the perfect pair, and five of her fave frames for FOFs.


Arum Frames, $565: “Instead of ‘readers’–which can age you–look for regular frames that you can wear on the bridge of your nose but have a flat top, so you can peek over to see far away. Love these Swarovski embellished frames!”

Zero G Astoria Leopard Frames, $450: “Your glasses should be adjusted to fit your face perfectly–just like you tailor a dress–so that they don’t slide down your nose, pinch or feel heavy. This super-light, titanium pair gives your nose a vacation.”

Felice Dee Downtown Frames, $445: “Make sure your eyes are centered in the lens. Glasses should frame your eyes just like a picture frame frames a portrait. These are the perfect accessory for your LBD.”

Kirk Originals Martha Purple Frames, $440: “If you have gray hair, stay clear of warm tones and opt instead for navy, purple, burgundy, black. These saturated colors can take years off your look and still be age appropriate. If you are blond and fair-skinned, tortoise is always a classic and classy look.”

Red Rhinestone Computer Glasses, $39.99: “These readers are handy to have all over the house – in your night table drawer, near your makeup kit, in your kitchen for reading recipes, in your travel case, etc. For some strange reason, reading glasses never seem to be where you need them when you want them, so finding a pair affordable enough to stash in different places is a very justified convenience.”
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