I have noticed in the last year that lots of designers have been bold in bringing out limited ranges of very opulent, extravagant sunglasses. I kept looking at these and wondering if I could convert them into prescription glasses. Then one day I made the very exciting discovery that I could.

Throughout my life, I’ve always loved experimenting with outrageous ideas. My quote in 2012

I laugh at the above quote because it was these glasses that began the journey of 8years of being outrageously niche.

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Me in 2019 driving a Rolls Royce Cullinan. The perfect car to dress larger than life.

One of my fashion icons is Iris Apfel and her glasses. So when I spotted these Prada Tortoiseshell sunglasses I instantly fell in love with the amazing swirling scroll-style arms and knew I had to convert these to an Iris Apfel look alike.

In fact, I wanted to create my own Gracie Opulanza signature statement. In order for me to see if this was a good idea, I knew the best critics were the people’s reactions to my next fashion prediction.

These pair of Prada eyewear are very special to me because it was soon after I began the Gracie Opulanza blog.



Trend-Setting Eyewear

And if reactions were what I wanted, reactions were what I got! I decided to call my blog Gracie Opulanza was formed and my glasses went on a  global public tour. Off I went to the mountains of Andorra, to the streets of Barcelona, headed to the cutting edge of London’s fashion week 2012, to the eloquent city of Paris, to the Asian capital of Bangkok, followed by a more relaxed city of Melbourne, back to Kuala Lumpur, all resulting in a global epic fashion winner.

Everyone loved my Prada oversized eyewear.

Imagine if I recreated them how many pairs would I have sold.? I am confident in the thousands.


Photo Shoot 2015 Bentley


Product Testing

Still now when I wear them I have many people stop and stare at me.

In 2012 I had people running after me, photographing me, yelling at me, laughing at me, whispering at me, pointing at me, glaring in confusion at me.

Over the years I have had many asking to try them on, asking where I got them from. I assure you, I could have sold these glasses a 1,000 times over.

At one stage in London, in 2012. I took them off because the attention was nothing short of overwhelming.

The great thing about this experience is it illustrates what fashion is all about, individuality and standing out from the crowd.

When driving any car such as a Bentley I always opt to wear this oversized eyewear.


Prada 2015 Collection Still Selling

The global attention this pair of glasses achieved told me that it was time to start  Gracie Opulanza.  It is now 2015 and they are still a crowd puller so much so Prada has released currently the same version. Prada launched the wooden version which is really comfortable in 2015.

I get loads of compliments wearing these too.


Celebrity Take On

I never forget when Samuel saw me wearing them. he literally could not stop staring and also loved them. When you are meeting larger than life characters make sure your eyewear is larger than theirs.

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Samuel L Jackson loved them too back in 2014 One4the boys charity ball

How To Wear Oversized Eyewear

Oversize eyewear needs to be worn with hair that is larger than life. Get your rollers out and team it with everything exaggerated.

Me on another shoot again teaming it with chunky jackets and big hair and chunky pearls.


2013 photoshoot

Excentric Swirl Arm Design

Eyewear arm statement is what completes this eyewear. The swirl is a great accessory in itself. So when choosing a pair make sure you opt for arm statement too. Wearing a niche fashion is all about being true to yourself.

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The winner here is the unique swirl arms

What was so unique was the above was the original eyewear with the sun lenses. I decided to buy the Prada’s tortoiseshell acetate butterfly-frame and convert it to clear lenses.

It was and still is the best fashion statement I have ever worn.