What’s the Difference between Miu Miu and Prada?

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Since both brands fall under the same umbrella, many wonder: what is the difference between Miu Miu and Prada?

Aside from the fact that both spring from the mind of fashion mastermind Miucci Prada, Miu Miu and Prada have very little in common. They come from entirely different schools of thought when it comes to design.

As Prada explains in 2015 interview with System Magazine:

“Designing for me is a very complex process. There are many ideas that I want to express in one object, very often contradictory. The creative process in Miu Miu is completely different from that of Prada. Rather than being young, Miu Miu is immediate. Prada is very sophisticated and considered; Miu Miu is much more naïve. The solution, when I am working on Miu Miu, has to come immediately, instinctively, spontaneously with whatever is available at the moment. If I think three times, I stop.”

In other words, the difference between Prada and Miu Miu is the difference between a stand up routine and improv.

The difference between a flight you booked a month ago and a drive to the beach you decided on five minutes ago.

The difference between Instagram and SnapChat.

It’s the difference between an opera that took years to write, and a brilliant idea that sprang into your head without warning (it’s happened: J.K. Rowling said that the character of Harry Potter jumped into her mind while she was riding a train).

You can see this philosophy reflected in their eyewear as well.

Look through their catalogs and you’ll see bold, risk-taking, artful flourishes in the Miu Mius. Had they gone through a design committee, some of the more eccentric touches may have been edited out. As they stand, they have a pure, impulsive and exuberant feel.

The Pradas, meanwhile, are more thoughtful and deliberate: carefully constructed with a softer aesthetic. Not quite as shocking, but just as stunning.

Here’s some examples of both Prada and Miu Miu glasses so you can see for yourself.

Miu Miu Eyewear:

 Miu Miu MU 02SS

MU 04RS MU 04SS New! MU 06SS  MU 51QV  New! MU 54SS

Prada Eyewear:

  PR 03UV PR 09QS PR 10TS  PR 27NS  PR 51SSPR 65TS



Both totally different approaches for different tastes.

We can see a big difference between Miu Miu and Prada. Which one do you prefer?

And don’t forget: all these frames are 40% off at FramesDirect! Prescription lenses are also 50% off.

Do I Have Real or Fake Ray-Bans?

Ray-Bans are some of the most sought-after frames on the market, and for good reason: they’re dependable, they look amazing on everyone, and they’re made with unbeatable quality. From Aviators to Wayfarers to Clubmasters, Ray-Ban has a frame to suit everyone. Unfortunately, cheap Ray-Ban knockoffs are crowding the market, so if can be challenging to tell if you have real or fake Ray-Bans.

If you’re wondering about your Ray-Bans’ authenticity, ask yourself these questions:

Are they too light?

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Genuine Ray-Bans have a solid weight to them. Most Ray-Ban’s have glass or glass-like lenses – NOT cheap plastic. If your glasses feel conspicuously light, they may not be the real deal.

Are the hinges high quality?


Pay attention to how the temples fold and unfold. Real Ray-bans have metal hinges, and they should open and close with ease. Many models (not all) include seven interlocking “teeth” in the hinge. Glasses with plastic or bolted-on hinges are likely fake.

Are the logos legit?

On modern Ray-Ban lenses, you can find the logo attached to the temple and etched onto the lens. On older pre-2000 models, you’ll find the letters BL, representing Bausch & Lomb, the company’s former owner. Many models also include the logo on the nose pads. If you can either smudge the etching or easily remove the temple logo, that’s not a good sign!


Does the booklet have errors?

Many Ray-Ban models include a small booklet with information about your glasses and lifestyle images of the products. Can you find spelling and grammatical errors in the booklet? Does the paper feel cheap? If the answer is yes to either of those, you may not have genuine Ray-Bans.

Where did you get them?

Did you purchase your frames from a licensed retailer, or sort of sketchy website or store? Likewise, if you got them at a surprising discount that seems too good to be true… it probably is.

Take all the guesswork out of it by going straight from an official Ray-Ban retailer, like FramesDirect.com.

Get yours now (or secure a loved one’s holiday gift!) by checking out the Ray-Ban selection at FramesDirect.com

Dolce & Gabbana: Who Are They?

The design powerhouse Dolce & Gabbana has become a dominating presence in the world of Italian fashion design since the duo got its start in the 1980s. After overcoming a few difficulties in the brand’s history, Dolce & Gabbana has become one of the best selling luxury brands in the world thanks to its bold, versatile designs inspired by vintage Italian films and the designers’ own Mediterranean roots. While the D&G logo is one of the most recognizable in luxury fashion and beyond, who are the men behind the Dolce & Gabbana label?

Two Fashion Designers Walk Into a Bar…

Domenico Dolce was born in September, 1958, in Polizzi Generosa, Sicily. He was born into the world of fashion. From a young age, he worked at his family’s clothing business where his father was a tailor. Dolce found fashion to be his ideal form of expression and always yearned to break into the industry; his goal was to work for Giorgio Armani. Dolce dropped out of fashion design school—he claimed he already knew everything he needed to know. He began his work as an assistant designer for Giorgio Correggiari’s fashion house in Milan.

While Domenico Dolce was sure of his future in fashion design, Stefano Gabbana started his career elsewhere. He was born in November, 1962 in Milan, where his father worked for a printing factory. Gabbana graduated from a graphic design institute with the intention of working in advertising. However, he soon became disenchanted and left his job. Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce met in a bar in 1980 and, at Dolce’s urging, Gabbana went to work for Giorgio Correggiari as well.

The First Collection: ‘Real Women’

After two years working for Correggiari they opened their own designer consulting studio, then later founded their own fashion house. Their runway debut came in 1985 at a show for new designers at Milan Fashion Week. Using friends and family as models in their first show began a tradition that Dolce and Gabbana continue today. Non-models frequently strut the runway at D&G shows. They named their first collection ‘Real Women,’ a nod to their casting choices.

Disappointing sales from their first collection nearly derailed their success, but serendipitous events led to the release of a second collection. They opened their first storefront in 1986 and produced a bold and versatile third collection. It was their fourth collection that really garnered attention; vintage 1940s and retro Italian cinema influenced the pair, who continued their rise to the top.

Leotards, Fragrances, Motorola, and Madonna

Additional lines dropped at a swift pace; a leotard line and ready-to-wear collection came in 1988, followed by beachwear and lingerie in 1989, then menswear in 1990. In 1994, the D&G label debuted at a lower price point with styles intended for younger crowds. Their first boutique opened in Japan in 1989. In the subsequent years they released many collections: home décor, a bridal line, D&G Junior clothing for children, timepieces, fragrances, jewelry, cosmetics, and more. The label also partnered with various brands for everything from a Motorola cell phone and sports uniforms to interior design projects.

Their success escalated when Madonna appeared in a Dolce & Gabbana corset and jacket combo. She later reached out to the couple to design 1,500 costumes for her 1993 tour. They’ve since designed costumes for movies, stage and music videos. In addition to dressing celebrities such as Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, and Angelina Jolie, Dolce and Gabbana have appeared in several films.

D&G: Bold, Exciting Luxury

Dolce & Gabbana first explored the idea of signature eyewear in 1996 and launched its eyewear collection in 1998. The designers also co-created an eyewear collection with Madonna in 2010 under the label MDG. Dolce & Gabbana continues to impress with its bold, expressive, and artistic sunglasses and eyeglasses designs. Dolce & Gabbana eyeglasses provide the same showstopping and exciting luxury found in its apparel and accessories collections.

New! Dolce & Gabbana DG6111 Sunglasses

While most of Dolce & Gabbana’s fashion lines continue today, a few have phased out, and additional labels all merged under the Dolce & Gabbana label in 2011. They are known for their versatile and edgy styles. The ways they explore and unite a range of themes—minimalist, showy, ultra-feminine meets masculine, bourgeois, or sports-inspired—keeps the world of luxury fashion on its toes. Now a symbol of sophisticated Italian style throughout the world, the men behind the Dolce & Gabbana label continue to stay true to their identity and vision while dressing the world in their extravagant, playful, yet timeless styles.

The Story Behind the Wayfarer: Ray-Ban’s Most Rebellious Frames

The Ray-Ban Wayfarer is one of the most iconic pieces of eyewear of all time. You may not know the name, but you know the look.

Since 1937, Ray-Ban has been a leading manufacturer of premium American eyewear. One of their earlier designs – The Aviator – put them on the map. Aviators were designed specifically for pilots who had trouble seeing focusing their eyes due to the ultra bright blue and white hues of the sky. The design took off.

Then in 1952, Ray-Ban had its second big hit with the Wayfarers. The inspiration came from two unexpected sources: the Eames lounge chair and tailfins from the classic Cadillac design.

An odd mix, sure, but the result is a stunning piece of American fashion that’s endured for decades.

At a time when most glasses were metal, these were made of plastic, and the temples had a distinctive flared angle. Designs like this may seem standard to our eyes today, but half a century ago, these were revolutionary.

‘Unstable Dangerousness’

As 1970s fashion critic Stephen Bayley puts it, the Wayfarers “spoke a non-verbal language that hinted at unstable dangerousness.”

When movie star bad boy James Dean was seen wearing Wayfarers, it cemented the frames as a symbol of rebellion.

Other stars followed soon suit.Audrey Hepburn could be seen sporting the specs, followed by Cary Grant, Kim Novak, and Marilyn Monroe. It wasn’t just actors: artists and musicians like John Lennon, Andy Warhol, and Bob Dylan all embraced the defiant, radical spirit of the Wayfarers.

Of course, seeing every major icon of the ‘50s and ‘60s sporting these had a tremendous impact on sales. Unfortunately, it didn’t last. It wasn’t until the 1980s when then Wayfarers came thundering back into the public eye.


The 80s Resurgence

Ray-Ban made a product placement deal in 1981 that put Wayfarers onscreen over 60 times in movies and TV shows. After Tom Cruise paired Wayfarers with tighty whities in Risky Business, sales skyrocketed. Viewers saw them on Don Johnson in Miami Vice, on Bruce Willis in Moonlighting, and on Tom Cruise again in Top Gun.

Almost every major musician of the ‘80s wore them at concerts: Michael Jackson, Madonna, U2, Billy Joel, Queen… the list goes on!

And they’re still going strong. James Franco, who once played James Dean in a TV movie early in his career, can be seen wearing the specs some 50 years after Dean rebelled without a cause. Celebs like Johnny Depp, Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johanson, Bruno Mars, Joe Jonas and Robert Pattinson avoid the paparazzi in the distinctive Wayfarer frames.

Are You a Wayfarer?

Ray-Ban Wayfarers have unquestionably survived the test of time, remaining a top seller a half decade after their premier.

Wayfarers look stunning on oval-shaped or round faces, and the design is perfect for males and females.


This is the perfect time to get your your own pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarer eyeglasses and save big at FramesDirect.com. Click here to get some of your own.



Prada, Michael Kors, Persol, and Tory Burch Caught on Film

Here at FramesDirect.com we sell the highest quality designer glasses from the most fashionably aspirational brands.  Four of our favorite brands got the Hollywood treatment when we created some imaginative video vignettes. These original narratives speak to the unique brand stories of Tory Burch, Persol, Michael Kors, and Prada eyeglasses and sunglasses.

First up, a ton of Tory Burch sunglasses go on vacation to the Hamptons. We find our Tory Burch fanatic trying to pack her suitcase for the weekend (wearing a gorgeous Tory Burch shift dress), but there’s not quite enough room for every style that she wants to squeeze in. Do you think she will sacrifice her books and bottle of wine for a wardrobe of sunnies? Watch the video to find out!

If you’re not already familiar with the Persol brand of eyewear, this is a beautiful introduction. These hand crafted, Italian frames are perfect for the man who is passionate, creative, and discerning – just like the artist in the video. Watch as he gets inspired to create a colorful mural while wearing 3 different sophisticated spectacles.

Michael Kors is a beloved American sportswear brand whose designer has also become a famous personality due to guest appearances on Project Runway. Much like the contestants on that show, in our video a fashion designer is experiencing a creative block. That is, until some Michael Kors sunglasses become the pièce de résistance of her design.

Finally, we have Prada – the final word in chic eyewear. A brainy yet fashion-forward pair of scientists are working in the lab when the equations on the wipe board create a surprising pattern. Can a love of fashion lead to chemistry? Anything is possible.

We had a great time on set creating these videos. Thanks to the team at Sparksight, here in Austin, TX, who turn fashion dreams into reality.


Newest Oakleys Now Available in Prescription

Oakley has recently added some new styles to their prescription offering. If you’ve been thinking of making the switch to Rx sunglasses, (or just waiting for the perfect pair to come along to get fitted with your prescription,) take a gander at these sporty styles and be the first in line for your own custom-made pair. Remember, FramesDirect.com is staffed by expert opticians so we’re poised and ready with advice on getting the perfect lenses for perfect vision.

Here are the cool Oakleys that are now available with prescription lenses…

Designer Spotlight: Paul Smith By Oliver Peoples


Recently, FramesDirect.com added the Paul Smith Collection by Oliver Peoples to the long list of amazing designer brands we offer.


Sir Paul Smith is an English designer who is known for creating timeless, English designs.



Oliver Peoples is known for its superior craftsmanship, high quality materials,and amazing designers.


Paul Smith Eyeglasses are modern, sophisticated, and are available in many different colors to fit your personal style.


Paul Smith Sunglasses feature classic shapes such as Clubmasters and Key-Hole Bridges. These festival friendly frames create a fun and retro look that flatters most face types and would match any style.


A Work of Persol – Art and Eyewear

Persol Glasses: The Art of Eyewear

As Persol etches its name deeper and deeper into artistic realms, the high-end eyewear company shatters the ceilings of corporate structure one campaign at a time. Persol sunglasses and eyeglasses, a blend of beautiful style and impeccable quality, appeal for emotional connection with wearers in the ongoing Atelier Persol art project.

Now in its second edition, Atelier Persol carves out physical space in stunning flash locations, inviting world-renowned artists to explore themes that are artistic cornerstones to Persol’s design philosophies.

The Campaigns

The first campaign was pioneered by eight artists in a 15th century manor in the Tuscan hills of Florence. Designated suites were transformed into creative playgrounds for thematic exploration, like “Polished Precision” and “Shapes & Design.”

The second campaign was set in a 16th century palace on the Giudecca Island in Venice. This time, seven artists used their unique talents to express the idea of the Phoenix, including elements of fire, rebirth and life.

The Phoenix Arrow

Since the 1930s, Persol eyewear has featured an iconic Arrow. Taking on various designs and names throughout the years, Persol glasses showcased the Phoenix Arrow in the 1950s.

To pay homage to this particular iteration and show its appreciation for the artistry involved, Persol dedicated the recent Atelier Persol project to the Phoenix.

See the Work

We were more than impressed with the fine art that came out of this campaign, which featured seven pieces. Check out the overview video:

Explore the products of such inspiration by taking a look at these Persol sunglasses and eyeglasses. Now you can shop eyewear and be a patron of the arts at the same time!

Oakley Sunglasses High Velocity Video

The Innovation Of Oakley Eyewear

In 1975, a man named Jim Jannard started Oakley with $300. His quest was driven by pushing the limits of industry standards and creating products that work better. He first developed a motorcycle handgrip in his garage lab and quickly pros noticed the new design and its material that increased grip with sweat. Today, Oakley creates products for action and traditional sports, as well as lifestyle with a unique point of view. What began in a garage lab has grown to three decades of innovation for consumers, including 1000+ athletes who depend on their products in competitions. The fresh technologies continue to grow and change, constantly enhancing athletic performance.

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The technology innovation is not only the ethos behind the brand, but it’s their continual passion that leads their mission to disrupt and drive the desire to innovate and solve problems in ways that have people have never seen before. How do they do this? With technology injected into products. For instance, Oakley lenses are designed for men and women to perform better than any other lens on the market. The patented technologies like High Definition Optics (HDO) give buyers a sharp and more accurate vision. It eliminates distortion that tends to appear in high wrapped sunglasses. Oakley True Digital (OTD) offer prescription sun lenses clear, crisp vision. Designed to give users a wide peripheral view. Oakley also offers progressive prescription sun lenses that optimize for a variety of sports like: fishing, golf, and cycling. And HDPolarization is the best polarized lens because the technology elimiantes the need for glues and films to distort your vision. It’s the clearest Polarized lens you can find.

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But Oakley also goes beyond clear vision. They go to great lengths to ensure that they customer’s eyes will be protected behind their sunglasses. Lenses are tested under extreme circumstances with a lens material and frame geometry that provides protection against high velocity or mass impact. If a mountain biker was riding down a single track and branch hit his face–the lenses would help protect his eyes. Oakley’s secret to such high impact protection is Plutonite, a optically pure lens that is incredibly durableScreen Shot 2014-10-29 at 5.09.22 PM

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And of course, Oakley cares about comfort. Their Three-Point Fit ensure each frame is comfortable with our without activity. A pair of frames that slide off your nose can be distracting, so Three-Point Fit was designed to ensure that each frame makes contact only at the bridge of the nose and behind the temples to eliminate the discomfort.

Oakley’s innovation is boundless. With so many lenses and materials there is something from everyone. Take a closer look into the lenses here and shop all Oakley styles here.