What's New In Eyeglass Frames
Life Is Good: Get A Cheerful Outlook With This New Frame Collection
Spring 2017 You know the Life Is Good brand from its t-shirts, hats and other items printed with happy, whimsical artwork reminding us to stay positive. Now the message has been applied to a collection of optical frames, sunglasses and reading glasses for the whole family.
John Jacobs, co-founder of Life Is Good, described the new launch as "a way to spread the power of optimism to even more customers." The company donates 10 percent of its net profits to children in need, through The Life Is Good Kids Foundation.
Each frame style is named after a "hero of optimism" whose story is a reminder to focus on the good even when life isn't perfect or easy.
Life Is Good frames are available for men, women and teens now; children's frames will be released in May. The frames are available in optical stores, while the sunglasses and readers can be purchased online or in Life Is Good shops.
The Zac Posen Men's Eyewear Assortment Releases Two New Styles
Winter 2016 This new style from Zac Posen Men's Eyewear features a thin but distinctive "eyebrow" in tortoise zyl acetate on a metal rectangular frame.
Called the Redford, it's a "modern gentleman" look that lends sophistication to any attire. That's why it's our Frame of the Month for November.
The Redford comes in two sizes, to fit most masculine faces. It's also available in green or tortoise.
Also new in the collection is a clubmaster style called the Spencer, with a retro front but sleekly modern temples. We're especially fond of the navy color choice, but it also comes in green or tortoise.
You can try on both at optical stores nationwide.
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.
Love. Angel. Music. Baby. Eyewear.
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.
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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.
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!
[Page updated April 11, 2017]