Chicago Events. Albert Maysles’ Signature Style Gets Framed at Barneys.

November 16, 2009 • Events

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The setup for Albert Maysles eyewear collection at Barneys

Last Saturday was a special treat for film buffs and fashionistas alike. Legendary cinematographer and documentarian Albert Maysles was making a special appearance at Barneys on Oak Street in Chicago to promote his new eyewear collaboration with Barton Perriera. Maysles' work behind the camera has resulted in such timeless classics as Salesman (1968) and the original Grey Gardens (1975). Dubbed "the best American cameraman,” by Jean-Luc Godard, Maysles, 82, is currently
on his way to becoming as much of a style icon as a film-making legend. His two trademark elements that he's rarely been caught without in his four decades of film making are a warm, glowing smile and his famous black spectacles. With the original style dating back to the 1960's, Maysles' classic, wayfarer shape has bounced back into style and has recently been seen on such runways of Celine, Jil Sander, and Stella McCartney.

Barneys and eyewear label Barton Perriera caught onto the steadily growing trend and thought, what better way to recreate an authenticated look, then by working with and honoring the man that wore them first. "He is such an iconic,
respected, and beloved figure,” says Judy Collinson, Barneys EVP of womenswear. Designed in the styles of both readers and sunglasses, the frames have been perfectly
replicated: a moderated cat-eye topped with silver insets that subtly sparkle. The frames are offered in several colors, each bearing a stroking resemblance to the original—especially when, the man credited with the originals is standing five feet away!

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Albert Maysles (left) sporting his signature frames with photographer Steve Starr wearing the collection's sunglasses version

Equipped with both his signature smile and glossy, black frames, Albert Maysles stood among the eyewear cases on the first floor of Barneys ans chatted affably with visibly star struck guests. His easy and engaging manner made it easy to see how he become such an iconic storyteller. After introducing ourselves as a fashion publication, he immediately chuckled and said, "Well I'm a step ahead of you…I did a documentary on Bill Blass."

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Second City Style Managing Editor Carol Calacci with Albert Maysles

We all laughed and eagerly leaned forward to catch a few more priceless anecdotes, including the unexpected tale of how Maysles met his wife. He told us that after his famed documentary Salesman was completed in the late 60's, his company held a screening of the film. After it was over and the audience had filed out, one woman remained who was clearly emotionally moved by the story." She was crying," Maysles remembered. And I was standing with my brother and noticed how attractive she was, so I elbowed him and said 'That one is for me.' And I ended up marrying her." Clearly, it was not difficult for us to see the appeal. Five minutes after meeting him, and were already as smitten with Albert Maysles as the millions who have been watching his stories unfold for the past forty years.

Exclusive to Barton Perreira for Barneys New York, Al Maysles Eyewear.
Readers, $365; sunglasses, $350; $25 of each sale goes to the Maysles

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