Every week a different FADER staff member will pick a clothing item or accessory that he or she has lately been spending a lot of time with—or would like to—and write a little love letter to it. We would’ve done a column on who we’re dating but that seemed a little bit much. This week Erin Hansen writes about the Anon Wizard circular frame.
A friend and I recently confronted the circular frame obsession that’s washed over the fashion journalism community lately. I’ve been guilty of committing to absurd fashion trends in the past, sucked into the wave and capsized by ridiculous gold accessories or shoes that my roommate once referred to as “stripper” gear, but round frames have been a thematic feature in my accessories chest since last year’s Vera Wangs. My friend advised, in so many words, that while a trend may incarnate the “new ’90s” or “new ’80s” it all looks silly if you aren’t trusting your own style intuition.
Incidentally, last week I happened upon a new pair of Anons in a white frame and blue metallic lens but was feeling slightly self-conscious about wearing them after our conversation. I stood in front of the mirror and analyzed the shape but then I filled in the background scene. I’m about to take an extended sabbatical to an undisclosed tropical island soon where sunglasses of all shapes, colors and sizes are required. So while some may look in the mirror at their circular frames and hesitate wearing them at McCarren Park on a Sunday afternoon, I’m thinking about listening to Freddie McGregor on my way to the market, and that makes me like them. I may get tired of them after awhile and tuck them in a drawer, but for now, I’m feeling them and all the sandy beach reflections in their view.