Red Carpet Spec-Tacular

Tuesday, 09 March 2010

THIS awards season follow the style lead set by the silver screen's leading men and ladies and don a pair of show-stopping specs.


With some of this year's most high profile BAFTA and Oscar nominees being glasses aficionados, Specsavers' style ambassador Gok Wan is on hand to help recreate a red carpet look at high street prices.


Gok says: 'Every film star worth their salt knows that glasses definitely enhance sex appeal. Screen legends such as Sophia Loren and Michael Caine have used their specs as an accessory, rather than a necessity, for years. Take inspiration from this year's hottest awards nominees and use your specs to complement your clothes or give an outfit a subtle twist.'


Gok has selected the following specs to help you emulate some of Hollywood's biggest stars.





Colin Firth, BAFTA winner and Oscar nominated for Best Actor, 'A Single Man'

British actor Colin Firth demonstrates perfectly a subtle, geek-chic look in legendary fashion designer Tom Ford's directorial debut.


Get Colin's look with Tristan (ref: 24881838) £85





Meryl Streep, BAFTA and Oscar nominated for Best Actress, 'Julie & Julia'

Multiple Oscar nominee Meryl Streep is a regular glasses wearer, sporting various styles both on and off-screen.

Recreate Meryl's stylish heavy-rimmed look with Missoni 6 (ref: 24880619) £149

Penelope Cruz, Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actress, 'Nine'

Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Penelope Cruz offsets her heart-shaped face with classic, angular frames with thick arms.

Copy Penelope's striking style with Osiris 699 (ref: 25052114) £125



Matt Damon, Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actor, 'Invictus'

Matt Doman has worn glasses in many of his films, including 'The Informer' and 'The Talented Mr Ripley', as seen here.

Recreate Matt's classic 1950's styling with Kester (ref: 24074988) £25


All Specsavers frames priced £69 and over are currently included in our 2 for 1 offer with single vision Pentax lenses and a free scratch resistant treatment. Exclusive brands available at Specsavers include Jasper Conran, Red or Dead and the UK's best selling designer specs brand Osiris.


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Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers Opticians



Specsavers notes to editors                                                                                                    

  • Specsavers was founded by Doug and Dame Mary Perkins in 1984 and is now the largest privately owned opticians in the world
  • The couple still run the company, along with their three children. Their son John is joint managing director
  • Specsavers has nearly 1,500 stores throughout the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Annual turnover for the Specsavers Group is forecast to reach a record £1.4 billion in 2009/10
  • Specsavers optical stores and hearing centres are owned and run by joint venture or franchise partners
  • Specsavers employs more than 26,000 staff
  • Specsavers was voted Britain's most trusted brand of opticians for the eighth year running by Reader's Digest in 2009
  • More than one in three people who wear glasses in the UK buy them from Specsavers * - 9,700,000 glasses were exported from the warehouse to stores in 2009
  • Specsavers share by volume of the total optical market (including retailers that are not opticians) is 34%. Our share of the opticians market is 39%.*
  • Specsavers is the largest retail provider of home delivery contact lenses in Europe and one of the top two retail suppliers of continuous wear lenses in the world
  • Specsavers is now the largest retail dispenser of digital hearing aids in the UK and offers a hearing service from more than 400 locations
  • Specsavers supports numerous optical and hearing charities, including Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. During its three-year support for Diabetes UK it raised more than £250,000 to fund research into diabetic retinopathy
  • Since 2003 more than a quarter of a million glasses have been collected and recycled by Specsavers stores for Vision Aid Overseas, for use in developing countries. Specsavers stores across Britain raised more than £300,000 in 2009 to fund a dedicated eyecare clinic and teaching facility in Zambia, supported by Vision Aid Overseas. Stores will raise an additional £300,000 to continue the project.



*GfK NOP (Sept 2009)