What's New in Eyeglass Frames
New Trend: Oversized Aviator Glasses
Fall/Winter 2016 If you remember the days when girls didn't like glasses, you're officially old.
Now, it's the bigger the better. Especially prevalent are large aviator frames in gold or silver with clear lenses, and ladies are wearing them even if they don't need a vision prescription. It's a bold, playful look that Kendall Jenner posted on her Instagram page.
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Fall/Winter 2016 Frames with "eyebrows" are in. Cat-eye shapes are in. And tortoise patterns are in.
Leave it to style maven Gwen Stefani to combine all three of the hottest eyewear trends in one edgy frame: style LA022 in the luxurious L.A.M.B. collection.
The frame is composed of metal, with an acetate accent brow. It comes in black (shown), burgundy and brown.
Other new L.A.M.B. styles include the LA024, a more retro take on the acetate eyebrow. The blue tortoise color option is a standout.
You can try on Gwen's eyewear designs in the L.A.M.B. and gx by Gwen Stefani collections in optical stores nationwide.
Costa Extends Ocean-Inspired Design To New Optical Frame Collection
September 2016 Known for beachy, watersports-oriented high-performance sunglasses, Costa has launched a line of optical frames for men and women of all ages.
The frames are in five collections, each named for an underwater formation:
Bimini Road has full-rim and semi-rimless titanium frames that are lightweight, hypoallergenic and resistant to corrosion. The collection was named for an underwater rock formation in the Bahamas.
Seamount is also in titanium but with sleeker, more minimalistic rimless and full-rim options.
Ocean Ridge frames are made of a colorful, durable bio-based resin nylon. The company says they hold their shape even in extreme hot or cold temperatures, and the bio-based resins reduce Costa's manufacturing process emissions, for a smaller carbon footprint.
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Pacific Rise frames combine titanium and the bio-based nylon resin.
And Mariana Trench frames (named for the deepest trench in the western Pacific) include several colors in handcrafted acetate with wire-cored temples and mechanical pin hinges.
Versatile, Iconic Frame Style From The 1980s Makes A Comeback
July 2016 When you see the phrase "1980s eyewear," which frames come to mind?
One might be former talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael's oversized red frames in translucent plastic. She often chose large, rounded shapes like the P3 design of the "Genie" frame by French manufacturer Lafont.
Lafont's iconic style "Genie." [Enlarge]
Genie was created in 1980 for both men and women, and it was eventually made in more than 60 colors: candy-colored brights, pastels and translucent neutrals, plus tortoise patterns.
Lafont recently re-issued Genie in 12 colors. We chose it as our July Frame of the Month for its versatility: it still looks fresh with any apparel.
Prep it up with a polo shirt, boho it down with a peasant blouse, or power-style it with a striped blazer. You can't go wrong.
Shaq Attacks The Optical Market With A New Frame Line
June 2016 For June, we chose our Frame of the Month from the new Shaquille O'Neal Eyewear collection, partly because Shaq looks so dang cute in his glasses!
Style QD 118Z is made of a layered TR 90 thermoplastic front, which is lightweight, durable and flexible. The memory metal temples maintain their shape under stress and are bowed for a better fit on wide faces.
The frame comes in black/blue or black/gray, and it is deep enough to accept progressive lenses.
The entire line is sized for larger men like Shaq, as well as regular-sized guys who want a clean, masculine look. Some styles have toned-down color options that are suitable for the business world; others are sportier, with lively pops of bright orange, green, red or blue.
Some styles feature stainless steel fronts, and others have an extended-fit feature, meaning the temples can be adjusted to be longer.
You'll find Shaquille O'Neal Eyewear in optical stores nationwide.
Izod Interchangeable Lets You Customize Your Frame
May 2016 You know those watches that come with different watchbands and faces, so you can change the watch to match your outfit? Fun, right?
Well, Izod Interchangeable Eyewear is a similar idea. When you buy a frame from the collection, you get to choose two additional temple sets. That means you get three looks from one frame!
The collection includes four handmade acetate front shapes in two colors and two sizes each. Eight different temple sets are available, including solids and colored tortoise patterns. The temples are easy to change: you just click a button to release the temple, then slide and lock the new one into place.
Tap into your inner frame designer, and try them on at an optical near you!
Vera Wang's Fresh Tortoise Look For Spring
Vera Wang Eyewear style V389, shown here in tortoise crystal. [Enlarge]
April 2016 Tortoise is a classic eyewear pattern, but with its usual fall/winter color palette, it doesn't always evoke the idea of springtime.
But this new women's frame by Vera Wang Eyewear is a fresh take on tortoise, pairing a lively, almost floral abstract with clean, crystal white temples.
That's why it's our pick for the April Frame of the Month!
Style V389 has an oversize front for a wide-eyed look, and it also comes in amethyst or horn colors.
A Mid-Century Glamor Look From Designer Jonathan Adler
Jonathan Adler style JA310-UF, shown here in Tokyo tortoise with purple. [Enlarge]
March 2016 Can everything in life be glamorous? If you ask mid-century modern design enthusiast Jonathan Adler, then the answer is yes! And one proof is this new women's style in his spring eyewear collection. We've chosen it as the March Frame of the Month.
JA310-UF has a vintage cat-eye shape, with round temple tips and a rich-looking Jonathan Adler logo plaque on each temple. The tortoise/purple color combination is Palm Springs-playful, but the frame also comes in black or burgundy.
"Cantara" frame with plaid pattern, in the Dolabany Eyewear collection by Best Image Optical. [Enlarge]
Praise for Plaid
February 2016 This is the perfect frame for the winter blues: It's cheerful and very, very versatile.
"Cantara" is a new style in the Dolabany Eyewear collection, and it features a solid front with plaid pattern temples and interior. It comes in burgundy, black or navy.
What to wear with it? You can prep it up with a turtleneck or argyle sweater. Grunge it down with a tee and jeans. Or make it boho-bright by pattern-mixing with the coming spring's florals and stripes. View more images.
Gwen Stefani Debuts Eyewear Lines
January 2016 Two new frame and sunglass collections by Gwen Stefani have launched, and they are just as fashion-forward as you'd expect from this style icon.
Please click here for close-up photos of this and other styles in the L.A.M.B. and gx by Gwen Stefani collections.
The collections are called L.A.M.B. and gx by Gwen Stefani, which are Stefani's fashion accessory labels featuring shoes and handbags.
L.A.M.B. emphasizes black and white hues but also stripes, prints and color blocking. Pearl and metallic acetates are used extensively, and the look is street-style edgy.
The gx by Gwen Stefani collection is more geek chic, with pop color accents and small stud or plaque details. Stefani describes the line as "bold, colorful and more playful."
Both collections are in chunky acetate, and while they are feminine, they are not for wallflowers. We can't wait to try them on!
Celebrity Stylist Kate Young Launches Eyewear Collection
May 2015 Who knows what looks best on women? Celebrity stylist Kate Young certainly comes to mind, as she has worked with some of the most beautiful women on stage and screen, including Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman, Sienna Miller and Dakota Johnson.
Young's know-how is now being put to good use in frame and sunglass designs for women, in her new Kate Young for Tura collection.
The styles are modern retro, much like some of the looks she has created for her clients. The vintage details include strong cat-eye shapes, chunky structure, keyhole bridges, gold tones and jewelry accents. Colors are face-flattering, including black, rose, gray, crystal, bone, khaki and tortoise.
Shown here is K106, a classic Clubmaster style in black that's also available in gray or tortoise. Please click here for close-up photos of this and more styles.
Three New Spring Frames from Leon Max Are High-Fashion and Flattering
March 2015 Launched just last year, Leon Max frames for women feature bold shapes in dramatic colors, with a signature globe logo on every frame.
Three new styles are available for spring, including 4017, a cat-eye shown here in champagne pink. The frame also comes in tortoise or olive.
Model 4018 has a deeper cat-eye shape and comes in a trendy mint fade color, as well as purple tortoise, magenta fade and brown teal fade. Model 4019 has a modified round shape in zyl plastic with a metal top bar and comes in deep color combinations such as teal tortoise fade.
Please click here for close-up photos of the three new Leon Max frames for women.
Spine Eyewear: Designed to Stay in Place on Your Face
February 2015 Tired of eyewear sliding down your nose? The patented segmented hinge on new Spine Eyewear flexes the temples in all directions, to hug your head so your glasses stay in place. This is important not only during sports and workouts, but also if you use multifocal lenses.
Several styles are available, including model SP1003, shown here in tortoise. The new collection also includes sunglasses. Please click here for close-up photos of the new Spine Eyewear frames and sunglasses for men.
Brendel Brings Animal Patterns to Women's Eyewear
February 2015 You're seeing them on scarves, sweaters, handbags, shoes, coats you name it. Animal patterns are everywhere, and fortunately you don't have to wear an actual animal skin to enjoy the high-fashion look of these textural designs.
Animal patterns are appearing on women's eyewear as well, on both plastic and metal frames. Shown here is style 924003 from the Brendel collection for women. It has an uplifted rectangular shape with a carved effect at the front edges, in a blond leopard print atop a black layer. The frame also comes in shiny black or brown leopard.
Other frames in the collection feature a bronze leopard pattern, a textured animal pattern that looks hand-painted and a multi-dimensional pressed animal pattern in ombre shades.
[Page updated December 23, 2016]