Attending the Association of Image Consultants International Global conference serves many purposes. It’s a chance to get 20 hours of education from trainers all over the world, keep your certification current, stay up late with friends new and old, and do plenty of fashion-watching. Had I not been so busy learning new things, I could have photographed fashion for all four days.
One thing I did capture, however, was eyewear. Have a look at some conference highlights.
Here’s Lyn Slater, the Accidental Icon. She was our keynote speaker and was on a panel as well discussing the direction of fashion. She often wears sunglasses and these have a great lift. Isn’t that color great?
Lyn won the prestigious IMMIE Bravo Award. She wasn’t there Saturday night to accept the award but she did leave us a video acceptance speech. You get a front view of her frames here.
This is a longtime friend and colleague of mine, Carol Davidson from New York City. She’s an image and life coach, an image educator and a real force in our industry. I love how her frames bring us right to her yes. You know you’re in for something special with frames like that.
This is my bud, Helena Chenn. She’s an image consultant and does custom couture. She’s located in Silicon Valley. She rescued me the night of the gala when she basted the facing down on my sequined dress. I’ve known her at least since 1990. She’s always on the forefront of eyewear style. Now that her hair has turned gray mostly, I love how she’s incorporated that color in her metal frames. It’s so lovely.
Here’s my pal Imogen Lamport. She has the very popular Inside Out Style Blog. I think it was 2009 when we met in an elevator at an Irvine hotel where the conference was being held that year. She’d been a fan of my books and asked me to come to Sydney to do a training there for the Sydney AICI Chapter. By the time I got off on the sixth floor, I’d said yes! We’ve had great times together and I admire her so much.
She’s had darker hair before and now that it’s lighter, I love how she chose white frames. She’s a very direct, smart person and her frames say that about her.
This is a new friend, Yelena Jackson from the Washington, DC Chapter. Her business is called The School of Fabulous. We made a great connection. She’s so dynamic. I love how she’s going all out for red. Red hair, glasses, lipstick, and dress.
Believe me, she’s going places! She’s got great projects in the works. I’ll be sharing more about when it’s ready.
Here’s another new friend. We’d chatted on the phone but never met until now. Her name is Marilyn Neel and her business is called Expressive Image Solutions. She’s from Louisville, Kentucky. I so enjoyed visiting with her. She’s been an active member of the American Sewing Guild since 2001. She’s a true fit expert.
Do you know how I write a lot about shopping your closet? Well, she is an expert at “shopping your stash.” She said. “The best place to get fabric is from my stash.” That’s a sustainable sewing practice. She helps others do the same thing. Isn’t that innovative?
I was smitten by the detail on her frames and the color is so unique. She wears these greens and blues so well.
Another new buddy, this is Liz Klebba from Atlanta, Georgia. I think I have to go there and visit her! She’s got style galore. I thought these frames offered a great accent to her classic with a twist outfit. She’s energetic and positive and must be a ton of fun to work with.
Do you want to read more about eyewear? Here’s a post about choosing colorful eyewear over 50. And here’s a post about how others have used their style to express themselves in eyewear.
I get comments now and then from some of you who are daring to go bolder in eyewear. Is that still true? Are you considering new eyewear? Do share your latest thoughts on eyewear, would you?
Beth SieselApril 9, 2019 at 8:07 am
I recently bought new eyeglasses-sapphire blue Ray Bans. They make my blue eyes pop and I get compliments all the time. My previous pair are Prada burgundy with a slight cat eye. I love that I have a choice between a bright cool color and a warmer, darker cooler depending on what I’m wearing. Having fun switching it up a bit!
BrendaApril 19, 2019 at 1:14 pm
Switching up is so great! You’re not always in the mood to wear one pair. I even find that I wear different frames in one season a lot more than another season. Thanks for that image, Beth, of you in the sapphire blue Ray Bans! I BET you get compliments!!!
BarbaraApril 9, 2019 at 9:08 am
I love your blog and don’t ordinarily leave replies, but I have a comment about eyewear. The ladies and their eyewear in this post are fabulous! My issue with very bold eyewear is I feel the eyewear is the focal point, rather than the eyes. My eyes are my best feature, and I try to find frames that enhance the eyes. Currently I’m wearing tortoise cat-eye frames, which look pretty good with my face shape and green/gold hazel eyes, though they are a bit tame. I love the super bold frames on others and wish I had the guts. Maybe I need an image consultant to convince me :).
BrendaApril 19, 2019 at 1:16 pm
I LOVE helping others with eyewear. It’s just so important. I’d definitely think about asking a consultant to help you. When I’m with clients I always look at how fast a frame gets me to the eyes. Some frames have a lower focal point and aren’t leading others to your eyes. That tortoise frame sounds great. Cat-eyes are terrific for bringing attention up to the eyes. Maybe just a bolder tortoise? Thanks for leaving a reply and I hope you do it again!
SandiApril 9, 2019 at 10:17 am
I just had glasses made identical to my sunglass frames you admired last summer. I’ve had so many compliments on them. Guess they were a good choice.
BrendaApril 19, 2019 at 1:16 pm
Those are so great on you! What a terrific idea!
Liz KlebbaApril 9, 2019 at 11:49 am
What a treat to read, Brenda! Wendy has the most amazing specs options. Thank you so much for the shout-out! It was such a treat to meet you… I must admit I was star-struck meeting all you ladies I’ve been following for years, but your gracious welcome and gentle spirit made me feel absolutely at home. Thank you, again! And come see me in Augusta anytime!
DeniseApril 9, 2019 at 3:32 pm
I currently alternate between a bold green and black and white graphic. I’m wearing practically no eye makeup these days because my glasses add so much to this over 70 face. Loved this blog post!
BrendaApril 19, 2019 at 1:17 pm
How very smart of you! Thanks for sharing. I can “see” both pairs. They “look” great in my mind!
KathyApril 9, 2019 at 10:10 pm
Now that I am completely gray I lack color and my glasses frames add that touch of pop. Two years ago I bought dark frames with gold accents. It was wonderful with my blondish gray hair. Now they look harsh. I need to try something new. I always take my daughter with me as I need her eyes to help me see what I look good in! Thanks for the options to study in this post! Always helpful to me. Best… kathy
BrendaApril 19, 2019 at 1:18 pm
Thanks, Kathy. Glad you have your daughter to help. The first time I went to color in frames, I was scared to death. But I got nothing but compliments. Sometimes it’s just so hard for us to “see” things outside of our comfort zone.
Liz KlebbaApril 10, 2019 at 4:56 am
Oh, my! Such a profusion of amazing specs at the AICI conference! Thank you, Brenda, for the shout out; I like to think I’m a ton of fun to work with… And believe my clients think so, too! It was a privilege and a pleasure to meet you in Chicago; your warmth and kindness to a first-timer at the conference made me feel right at home! I’d love to see you in Augusta. I’d even drive in Atlanta traffic to get you! (That’s saying a lot. Atlanta drivers make me nutty!)
BrendaApril 19, 2019 at 1:12 pm
Oh, Liz, it was so very much fun to meet you! I think I still must post that video of the back of your hair. It was so amazing and you didn’t even know!!! I appreciate your offer to meet me in Atlanta. We’d have a ton of fun!!!
cindy hattersleyApril 10, 2019 at 8:17 am
This post was so much fun! What dynamic stylish women. I need to hire you to pick out frames for me! Lynn Slater is so inspiring isn’t she?
BrendaApril 19, 2019 at 1:11 pm
Yes, she is. Listen, the next time you’re up here I’ll take you to my favorite eyewear place. I’d LOVE to help you if you’re getting something new. It’s my favorite thing to do with my clients and friends!!!
ElaineApril 10, 2019 at 10:32 am
This is such a timely post. I have an appointment with my optometrist at the end of the month, and it’s been on my mind to get new frames to replace my very pretty, but kinda predictable, brown ones. Perhaps teal, to bring out the blue-green in my eyes. I’m excited!
BrendaApril 19, 2019 at 1:10 pm
Teal sounds great!!!
Carol SApril 10, 2019 at 9:36 pm
Great post highlighting cool eyewear. Good on you!
In the past many (not you) image consultants take before and after pictures of clients – removing the glasses in the after photos. That does so annoy me.
I wear glasses all the time and prefer minimalist frames as I am have light features. Everyone is different. Imogen Lamport I think has said that eyewear is jewelry for your face (or similar idea) and I love that attitude. Sorry Imogen if I have grossly misquoted or misled 🙁
BrendaApril 19, 2019 at 1:10 pm
I know about that trick of taking glasses off. I feel like I’ve seen that in other contexts as well. I’d stumble and fall if I wasn’t wearing my glasses! Aren’t Imogen’s glasses great? I love that eyewear is both functional (very important) and fashionable. Lucky us!
LA CONTESSAApril 15, 2019 at 8:28 am
LYNN has been one of my victims on AGELESS STYLE!I let her know she was in ITALIAN VOQUE………she had NO IDEA!
IMONGEN, featured me once DOWN UNDER!
THE others LOOK like FUN FUN LADIES!
I ADORE GLASSES and am always buying new shades THAT are READERS turning them into MY NEEDED SIGHT for distance.
BrendaApril 19, 2019 at 12:48 pm
I’ve always loved your eyewear, Elizabeth. It really is a fun accessory and of course, it helps us see!!! Added benefit!! You’d have enjoyed hanging out with everyone. And they’d have loved you!
Imogen LamportApril 16, 2019 at 1:25 pm
Thanks for sharing my blog Brenda – and so lovely to catch up with you again in Chicago! Such a great way to connect – and I second that all these women you’ve featured are totally amazing women and image consultants!
BrendaApril 19, 2019 at 12:32 pm
Everyone is in great company. It was so very much fun to hang out. Wish we could do it more often. And let me say again how very proud of you I am about receiving the Jane Segerstrom Award. I hope you have a special place to display it. I’m still beaming!
Trudy GabelMay 16, 2019 at 8:20 pm
Do you have any suggestions on where to shop for frames for glasses. I like rather large frames but they’re just not “in” and what I find is so ordinary. Shopping where I live is limited but maybe I could find something online if I knew where to look.
BrendaJune 5, 2019 at 10:09 am
Trudy, I don’t do online shopping for frames. I’m not that brave! I have to look and try on, try on and look. Anyone else have some ideas for Trudy?