Everyone goes to China to see the Great Wall. But if you asked me what the country's top tourism attraction is, my answer, always and forever will be "OLD PEOPLE!" I will spend the next few days extolling their radness, from their morning rumbas in the park to their converted Harleys. But today's focus must be eyewear. China was a spectacle of spectacles, a Sol Moscot wet dream of tortoise shell and wire rims. I could not get enough. Behold:
Amazing, right? And these are only the people that I could sneak stealth shots of (oh - last photo courtesy of my Dad. Thanks Dad!). I was having some serious glasses envy. Then I found these in Beijing's antiques markets and my mind was officially blown.
Of course, I'm the stupidest person in the whole wide world and neglected to actually PURCHASE any of these [hits self repeatedly in forehead]. Not even these motorcycle goggles, which were nearly as ubiquitous as the faux Mao souvenirs:
Yes I am an idiot. But though I may have missed out on the coolest vintage frames ever, I didn't leave China emptyhanded. Nopers. Because the wellworn China tourist trail leads right from the Great Wall to the designer knock-off markets. And they don't limit themselves to faux Birkins and Polo shirts. Oh no friends, you can get everything from fake Chloe dresses to Mont Blanc-ish pens.
Seeing as how I'd be summarily executed if I showed up at the Conde offices with faux Miu Miu, I stuck to eyewear. In Shanghai's Fakes Market, I gots myself two new pairs of prescription glasses made in 20 minutes for the bargain basement price of $80. Woo! The first is a pair of Japanese frames made of actual wood (you can see the grain. it's badass...though i'm slightly nervous about splinters), and the second is a pair of Tom Ford knockoffs. They are entirely ridiculous, but I L-O-V-E LOVE them. Here is a pic (Oh and you can see the skirt my mom made from the fabric I blogged about awhile back). Ok, that is all for now, but we have so much to catch up on, kids, so very much! A rollercoaster ride down the Great Wall! Slide-tackling market bargainers! I'm back on the blogwagon, kids. I promise.