On March 13, Carrera Sunglasses celebrated the launch of their vintage inspired line at the Angel Orensanz Foundation on 172 Norfolk Street in NYC.
Iconic eyewear brand CARRERA, was one of the most popular sunglass brands of the 1980s. The Carrera Vintage Sunglasses is a collection of unisex retro-inspired eyewear available in 13 different styles (many of which were recreated from their original molds), including: “Champion,” “Safari,” “Gipsy” “Hot” and “Cool.” The shades come in a wide variety of retro frame colors including: cream and pink, white and blue, orange and brown, black and yellow and turquoise and white.
Gwen Stefani, Kanye West, Victoria and David Beckham, Blake Lively, Usher, Paris Hilton, T.I., Jennifer Hudson and Daniel Craig are fans of this hot new accessories. In other words, if you love retro-styles and like to wear sunglasses even when it’s dark out, these are must.
People, including VIPs had them on in the dark as a cave Angel Orensanz Foundation Center—and looked fabulous.
The event was so packed out that I heard they ran out of liquor within the first hour and half. The VIP area was super crammed and because of a mix up with the wrist bands, included a lot of wannabes.
Debbie Harry, Grammy award-winning artist and lead singer for the punk rock/New Wave band Blondie, performed her hits for VIPs including Taylor Momsen, Agyness Deyn, Richie Rich, Tyson Beckford, singer Peaches, model Jamie Burke, model Daisy Lowe, Danity Kane’s Dawn Richard, rapper Lil’ Mama (looking half as gaudy as she does in America’s Best Dance Crew), actor Danny Aiello, fashion designer Patricia Field (she just recently released a collection in tribute to Stephen Sprouse), photographer Mick Rock, DJ Josh Madden and many others at the exclusive retro-themed celebration. DJs Jesse Marco, Mia Moretti and Miss Guy spun all night.
Here are some factoids on the amazing structure that hosted the event and home to the Angel Orensanz Foundation:
The Center itself is a neo-gothic building which was designed as a synagogue in 1849 by Berlin architect Alexander Seltzer. He drew inspiration for his design from the cathedral of Cologne and the German romantic movement of Heinrich Heine and Beethoven.
This structure witnessed the birth of the Jewish reform movement in America, but the after the decay of the Yiddish Lower East Side after World War II, dozens of synagogues and other significant structures disappeared.
Angel Orensanz bought this venerable structure in 1986, first for his own studio, and then to make it again a beacon of education and culture in the city of New York. The Foundation produces every year several cultural events such the Heinrich Heine Festival, the West Belfast-New York City Festival, Berlin Transfer (a symposium of philosophers and scientists with the Senate of Berlin), the Installation Art Award and publishes Artscape, a quarterly of the arts.
The new line of Carrera retro-inspired shades are available nationwide at Solstice Sunglass Boutiques and Bloomingdale's, among other retailers.