What's New in Eyeglass Frames
Rising Stars in the OGI Eyewear Collection for
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.
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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.
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 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 April 26, 2013]
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