What's New in Eyeglass Frames
Cleopatra Frame Makes a Natural Statement
With Exotic Woods
January 2014 In a nod toward Mother Nature, three new frames in the Rye&Lye collection from Italy feature beautiful exotic woods.
Shown is "Cleopatra," a women's frame in a 1950s chunky cat-eye shape. According to the manufacturer, the curves of the temples were specially designed to enhance the natural grain in the wood.
Not shown are the butterfly-shaped "Ermione" and the masculine frame "Edgar," with wood trim applied to lightweight acetate and aluminum elements.
Arnette Plays a New Tune With its Just-Released Prescription Frame Line
November 2013 Arnette is well known among the skate/surf/snowboard crowd for high-performance sunglasses and goggles. Now the company has launched a frame line in the United States that offers the same cool vibe for prescription eyeglass wearers.
The Arnette Optical collection has nine crisp models, some only for guys but most of which are sized for unisex wear.
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Shown here is "Dub," a statement frame that comes in matte black, striped havana, blue ice and black on grey horn (shown).
The classic rock band theme is reprised with the other styles as well, mainly in acetate: Roadie, Sync, Holly, Auxiliary, Fader, Mixer, Frontman and Lo-Fi. Please click here for closeup photos of several of the new Arnette frames.
Young, Self-Assured Looks for Guys and Gals by Smith Optics
November 2013 Smith Optics has launched four new frames for fall, each with a classically confident vibe that will make you stand out from the crowd.
Two of the frames are unisex, with larger sizing. The other two are women's frames, sized for small to medium faces.
Each frame has spring hinges and comes in four different color combinations, including pairings of opaque and translucent acetate.
Pictured here is "Debate," a women's style shown in champagne. The frame also comes in black crystal, burgundy blush and apple tortoise.
Translucent Frames: A Lighter Look
June 2013 One of this year's most popular eyewear trends is light, colorful, translucent plastic.
These frames suit delicate facial features and work beautifully with the floral prints now trending in apparel and accessories.
Shown here are Regina, Julietta and Leslie, three pretty frames from the BCBGMAXAZRIA collection for women.
Also shown is style 1012 from the Cole Haan collection, in a tortoise/crystal combination that lightens up the chunky, retro design.
ProDesign Promotes Environmental Consciousness
With Biodegradable Frames
May 2013 ProDesign Denmark has released seven new frames for men and women who want a natural look in a sustainable material.
These frames may look like wood, but they're actually made of a biodegradable acetate material, brushed on the surface to simulate wood grain.
The shapes are retro and substantial, but with clean lines. Each style comes in three or four colors, in dark or light wood tones (some two-toned), with beta titanium nose pad arms.
Click here to see more photos of ProDesign Denmark frames in biodegradable acetate.
Frame Trend: Not-So-Mellow Yellow
April 2013 This year's neon colors in fashion have also made their way into eyewear designs. Most notable is the new fascination with the color yellow.
Often, yellow is used as an accent color in frames or is paired with another strong color, as in the purple and yellow patterned frame shown here ("Albi" in the Plume Paris eyewear collection).
Hues range from lemon to squash to citron, and they look especially fabulous on people with dark skin or auburn hair.
Rising Stars in the OGI Eyewear Collection for Spring/Summer
April 2013 OGI Eyewear has debuted 20 new frames this spring, and the two most popular are shown here.
Both are examples of the continuing fashion focus on tortoise patterns in unusual colors, such as blue and red.
At top is style 7149 in blue cabana, with smoothed corners and a translucent material. Other color choices include green, purple and brown.
Below that is style 5503, a semi-rimless in a slightly cat-eye shape with a matte metallic titanium front. Color combinations include burgundy/crimson tiger, blue/blue tiger and olive/gray tiger, as well as the brown/amber tiger combination shown here.
On-Trend Frame Designs From the Luxury Fashion House Chloe
April 2013 In many ways, the new Chloe eyewear for spring/summer echoes the fashion house's runway looks. Colors include navy blue, soft pink and cream, with shiny gold bands and silver accents. The look is futuristic and sophisticated.
Shown here is Chloe CE2104, an oversized metal frame in a two-tone color combination. Other designs include a metal aviator and an upswept chunky cateye.
Prodesign Essentials Offer a Bright Outlook
March 2013 Playful color accents enliven these new additions to the Essential frame collection by Prodesign.
Models 1393-1397 include two women's, two men's and one unisex style, each in four to six colors. All combine a raw titanium frame for durability with soft rubber at the temple ends for comfort.
Distinctive details include the brushed temples and a handmade color line along the front.
Badgley Mischka Makes Elegant Debut in Eyewear
March 2013 Launching this week in New York is the Badgley Mischka eyewear collection, including 14 frames and eight sunglasses for women.
Badgley Mischka evening wear and accessories designs are young but very ladylike, with a lot of old-Hollywood sparkle thrown in. For examples, see the gowns worn by Taylor Swift, Kate Mara, Katy Perry and Elle Macpherson at recent red-carpet events.
And the eyewear is no different. Shown here is "Zoe," a zyl plastic style in black with rhinestone-embellished temples. The frame also comes in an elegant brown color. Please click here for closeups of this and other Badgley Mischka frames.
Paris Fashion House Balmain Debuts Eyewear Collection
March 2013 The frame shown here is one of the men's styles in the brand-new Balmain eyewear collection.
With handsome finishes and subtle pairings of metal and plastic elements, the frames have a quietly luxe look, in strong, masculine shapes and sober colors such as black, green horn, tortoise and brown horn.
The new collection also includes colorful women's frames, as well as sunglasses.
Anne Klein Eyewear: Fashionable
Classics for Women
March 2013 If you're a woman, you know the Anne Klein look: silky tops, classic polos, comfy print shirtdresses for work and play, practical tote bags and bold statement jewelry featuring Leo the lion (the designer's Zodiac sign).
The brand has brought its cheerful, feminine vibe to eyewear, in a new frame and sunglass collection that includes temples with animal prints, the iconic lion logo and lots of face-flattering colors and eye shapes.
New Eyewear Styles Feature Classic Salvatore
Ferragamo Design Touches
March 2013 The new Salvatore Ferragamo eyewear collection for spring/summer 2013 includes lots of details that echo the luxury brand's leather accessories and jewelry designs.
You'll find metal buckles, the Ferragamo bow, the logo and color blocking in these chic frames and sunglasses for both men and women.
Colors range from classic tortoise to peach to green and blue, and eye shapes are classic.
New Rye&Lye Frames Feature Natural Materials
February 2013 Rye&Lye has released new frames for spring adorned with special materials such as wood, leather and velvet.
Shown here is Tosca, a woman's frame with leather straps woven through each temple.
The new designs also include the men's frame Nabucco, with leather-covered temples, and Aida, a women's cat-eye with velvet on the temples and front.
Holly Frame Offers Customizable Looks in This
Spring's Most-Wanted Colors
January 2013 The Holly three-piece rimless frame by BCBGMAXAZRIA features temples that include genuine, hand-laminated, custom-dyed feathers.
The six bright and neutral colors berry, black, brown, eggplant, ink and teal offer something for everybody. And the six available eye shapes allow you to customize your look even further.
The bridge and end pieces are metal, and the frame is constructed with a compression mount system that hides all hardware, for a clean look on the face. Please click here for more colors and eye shapes.
Project Runway Eyewear: A High-Fashion Approach to Frames
December 2012 Launching in January is a new women's frame collection named after the popular show "Project Runway."
In fact, the frames remind us of the runway designs of season 10 winner Dmitry Sholokhov, who impressed fans with his sophisticated use of cutouts, weavings, geometric patterns and inventive color pairings.
The metal styles are mostly rectangular or oval, with emphasis on cutouts and textures in the temples. The zyl designs include a high-fashion cat-eye shape in black and crystal.
All will be available soon in optical stores nationwide.
This Fall's Converse Frames Amp Up the Color
November 2012 If you want to add some color to your fall/winter wardrobe, check out these frames by Converse.
Shutter combines a slightly cat-eye shape in flat metal with contrasting plastic temples. Full Color is all plastic, with a nerd/retro look.
And the men's style Filter has a sleek, metal rectangular design.
All come in several striking color combinations and are available at optical stores nationwide.
Modo Eyewear Made From 95 Percent Recycled Materials
October 2012 Eco by Modo takes a different approach to eyewear. All Eco eyewear is made of 95 percent recycled materials, leading the way for a new, innovative and sustainable way to manufacture eyewear.
Recycled and repurposed materials such as plastic and stainless steel create each pair of Eco frames; even the packaging is made from recycled materials.
Included in the packaging is a mail-in recycling kit, which makes it easy for you to donate your old, unwanted glasses and help those in need around the world.
And, to top it off, for every pair of Eco frames sold, Modo donates one tree to Trees for the Future, a non-profit organization that helps communities plant trees. To date, more than 650,000 trees have been planted in Cameroon alone.
The Eco (Earth Conscious Optics) line has both brains and beauty fashionista-worthy frames are coupled with polarized lens technology to provide looks and comfort, so you know you'll be putting your best face forward while also helping to bring environmental responsibility to the forefront.
Fall Offerings from BCBGMaxAzria Include
September 2012 These new frames were designed with intricate, jewelry-like touches, for confident women who like being noticed.
Shown here is Aliya, with airy lacework surrounding a modified rectangle shape. It comes in black, brown with rose accents and slate.
Also featured (see closeup photos) is Piper, a semi-rimless frame with a slim, modified rectangle shape. The spring hinges are concealed by a fine jewelry casting of a feather. Colors include blue slate, eggplant and sand.
Other new frames have oval and butterfly eye shapes, and one is decorated with a stained glass enamel detail on the temples.
New Fall Frames Take You on a Tour of France
August 2012 The Europe-inspired brand Plume Paris Eyewear has released three new styles for fall, all designed with the cities of France in mind.
Shown here is Kada, inspired by the city of Nice. It has a tweedy pattern finish on stainless steel and comes in chocolate/mocha, purple/olive and black/gunmetal.
Lyon is an ultra-modern look with sharp angles, in two-tone color combinations. And Seine is a two-tone stainless steel frame with a scholarly vintage look inspired by the city of Paris.
European Elegance in New Mademoiselle Frame Line
August 2012 Mademoiselle is a new collection of women's eyewear that is simple but with delicate, feminine detailing on the temples.
The frames are in strong but lightweight titanium, and the manufacturer says they are completely hypoallergenic.
Colors are warm and in tune with this fall's classic burgundies and browns. Please click here for closeup photos.
[Page updated February 5, 2014]
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