3rd Annual Wear What You Fear Fashion Show: Ornate, Embellished Sunglasses from Ricky “Trendy” Da’Vista
As we often focus on sunglasses, getting a look away from the major brands and celebrity styles is sometimes necessary. Locally, we stopped by a fashion show last week, the 3rd Annual Wear What You Fear Fashion Show in Branford, Conn., which featured celebrity stylist and designer Ricky “Trendy” Da’Vista and America’s Next Top Model’s Bianca Golden and was hosted by Millionaire Models.
Da’Vista, a wardrobe stylist whose eyewear and accessories have been seen on Lil Kim and Tionna Smalls (What Chili Wants 2) and is currently working with Love and Hip-Hop Season 2’s Somaya Reece, has an eponymous line, Da’Vista shades, which unveiled its third collection on March 10. At the show, when asked about transitioning from styling to designing sunglasses, he mentioned: It’s something different; you know, something that adds to the outfit.
In discussing his career, Da’Vista said he’s expanding to children’s eyewear, which was featured in the fashion show, and mentioned he would like to be a stylist for Jay-Z and Beyonce. However, in terms of doing both roles, he said: “Actually, it’s crazy, because I have a full-time job, nine to five, stylist, and eyewear designer. It’s my passion, so I do it all.”
Da’Vista’s collection, which was the finale of the fashion show, goes against trends, in a sense. As we’ve talked on here, neutral, unisex looks are the “it” style for eyewear – that pair of black wayfarers or mirrored aviators that goes with just about anything. Da’Vista, on the other hand, fulfills the unisex component but, using a shield style as his template, embellishes each frame with studs and rhinestones, as can be seen in the picture above.
Yet, unlike those tacky, oversized Juicy Couture shades you sported in 2004 (yes, you know you had a pair), Da’Vista doesn’t go overboard with colors and gradient lenses. The embellishments are the primary draw and ostentatious colors don’t create a clashing appearance.
Several other designers presented before Da’Vista, rolling out their latest collections of clothing, shoes, and accessories. Out of this group, Kozby World by Kola Zubair stood out for its refined style, while Ashlei Banks’ Spike Intuition gives high heels the look Da’Vista gives to sunglasses. Da’Vista was also the show’s producer and, regarding the group of designers chosen, he said: “[T]hey’re up-and-coming, they’re amazing, they’re very edgy. They have what it takes to be a part of this fashion show.”