During her vice-presidential campaign in 2008, Sarah Palin, the Maverick's running mate, became the darling of the Republican Party, and both sexes were as charmed with her as they were with her appearance. But what was it exactly about the librarian-inspired looks of Palin that had people so smitten? Her eyewear. The former Alaska governor's designer Kazuo Kawasaki frames became one of the most in-demand accessories of the year, and retailers all over the country tried to stock the $375 glasses. Suddenly, nearsightedness and a slight astigmatism never seemed more attractive.