New in Summer Eyewear: Tommy Hilfiger Goes Surfing and Oliver Peoples Throws a BBQ

This week there were two appropriately summery parties to launch the new eyewear collections of two iconic American brands. Tommy Hilfiger celebrated its first foray into eyewear--and its yearlong 25th anniversary--with a party at the James Hotel in NYC and a movie dedicated to surfers. Oliver Peoples hosted an intimate gathering of bloggers who were invited to hang out with founder Larry Leight, try on sunglasses, and eat fancy barbecue. Did you ever wonder how Oliver Peoples, now owned by Luxottica, got its name?
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This week there were two appropriately summery parties to launch the new eyewear collections of two iconic American brands. Tommy Hilfiger celebrated its first foray into eyewear--and its yearlong 25th anniversary--with a party at the James Hotel in NYC and a movie dedicated to surfers. Oliver Peoples hosted an intimate gathering of bloggers who were invited to hang out with founder Larry Leight, try on sunglasses, and eat fancy barbecue. Did you ever wonder how Oliver Peoples, now owned by Luxottica, got its name?
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This week there were two appropriately summery parties to launch the new eyewear collections of two iconic American brands.

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The Oliver Peoples 2011 collection is classic with a modern spin, which is what the brand has built its empire on. The big movie star glasses are there (the gorgeous Myriel, right) as well as an assortment of frames that give a reverential nod to Wayfarers. Indeed,the pair that I got to take home with me is the striped blond Shean, which are like my beloved Ray-bans (Miranda Kerr's wearing them above), but better. (It pains me to say that. Sorry, Ray-ban.) The brand manages to avoid blingy, trendy sunglasses, as pointed out by Shenae Grimes (who was randomly reporting at the event on behalf of Nylon) and Larry is proud that they manage to stay above the trendy fray.

The event for Tommy Hilfiger’s eyewear launch was a bit more flashy, involving Becka Diamond and a whole lotta surfers in their bearded, scruffy glory. We got to see a showing of Sight + Sound, a surfing film by Mickey DeTemple--many of the

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