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This week, BurdaStyle celebrates Parisian perversity.

I’ve had contact lenses since high school. I wear them

almost always. When I do go out in my glasses, a

half-rimless, sexy librarian style of pair, people

often tell me that they “work” for me. Nothing sends

me back to the contacts faster than that comment. It’s

not like I’m shy of acting smart, but something in me

doesn’t like to signal my personality in advance.

Glasses match me too well, I suppose; they reveal me,

and little of my me-ness is generally in vogue.

This season, I think, is the exception to the rule.

When Yigal Azrouel sent models down his runway wearing

big, black-rimmed glasses, it struck me that a sharp

tongue, a sagging bookcase and a subscription to The

New Republic were appropriate accessories to the

largely serious and, yes, bookish looks for Fall 2007.

(In support of this theory, sort of, Jun Takahashi at

Undercover sent out doctor bags that looked like

brains.) You often hear talk of a "thinking man’s sex

symbol," but Yigal’s show summarized the rise of the

thinking woman’s sex symbol: The thinking woman,

herself.

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