What's New in Eyeglass Frames
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.
Navy Makes a Splash on Men's Frames by Tura
December 2014 Retro yet contemporary, these three men's frames come in the season's most noteworthy, go-with-everything color: navy blue.
The T138 is a two-toned flat-metal rectangle design. It's very lightweight and has spring hinges for comfort. Besides navy, it also comes in black and brown.
The T141 is a rectangular clubmaster style, fresh from the '50s. It comes in navy, tortoise, and black. The T142 is a wayfarer style with a keyhole bridge. It comes in a navy tortoise pattern, regular tortoise and black.
Please click here for close-up photos of these new frames for men.
Zac Posen Eyewear Features Luxury Looks for Men and Women
November 2014 Fashion designer Zac Posen has entered the optical world with new collections of frames and sunglasses for men and women.
According to Posen, the eyewear is "timelessly stylish with a modern sensibility and edge." The women's styles are on the dramatic side, while the men's styles hail back to old Hollywood.
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Shown here is "Loretta," a butterfly shape slated for release in December; it comes in black, tortoise or blue horn. Please click here for close-up photos.
New Converse Jack Purcell Eyewear for Fall 2014
September 2014 In case you didn't know, Canadian Jack Purcell was the world champion in badminton in 1933. He designed a badminton sneaker in 1935, and later Converse purchased the trademark rights.
The sneakers, which feature a signature smile-shaped colored rubber strip around the front, are still sold today and have a vintage look.
The same look has been translated into an eyewear line with retro sports appeal. Designed for men, the self-confident styles include rivet hinges and the Jack Purcell "smile" logo.
Show Your Support for Beating Breast Cancer with Special Vera Bradley Eyewear Models for 2014
September 2014 The 2014 Vera Bradley Breast Cancer Awareness Collection includes five optical frames and four sunglasses, sales of which benefit the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.
All the eyewear features the new Pink Swirls pattern, which looks great on just about everybody. Shown here is Helen R., a semi-rimless frame in the Girlfriends collection for teens and young women. Other frames in the Breast Cancer Awareness collection include Lana from the Vera Bradley Kids line and Tracy M., Marcella S. and VB 3030 for women.
The sunglasses include Carole Jeanne, Mary G., VB Heidi and Jenny Lynn. All the eyewear comes with a colorful matching case.
John Varvatos Soho Collection Brings Cool to Men's Eyewear
September 2014 The Soho collection of four frames, three sunglasses and one reader is a new extension of the John Varvatos Eyewear brand, featuring double-V branding on the inside hinge of each model and the distinctive John Varvatos guitar icon.
The eyewear has a wire core and is stamped with a vintage pattern from the Ottoman Empire, dating to the 15th century.
The sunglasses all include polarized lenses, for less glare and more eye comfort.
Izod Lets You Color-Customize Your Frame
June 2014 Izod Personalized Eyewear is a collection of four men's frames that have clear fronts but are available in nine different temple colors. You can leave the front clear, or your eye care professional can tint it to any color you prefer, using a standard lens-tinting machine.
Not only that, you can also personalize the temples even more by painting designs on them (stripes, snakes, celtic symbols, animal patterns, school colors, whatever grabs you) with your own oil-based paint pens.
It's a fun way to get your own custom look at a reasonable price. Ask your eye care professional for availability.
Sophisticated Looks for the Budget-Minded
June 2014 The new Giovanni collection of frames for men and women features elegant, European styling and affordable pricing.
The 12-frame collection includes both men's and women's designs, in go-with-everything brown tortoise, black, burgundy and navy, as well as rich plum, pink and green colorations. Shown here is style GV3253 in mocha.
Most frames are made of polycarbonate, acetate, metal or combinations of these materials, with small accents on the front and temples. Please click here for close-up photos.
New Eyewear From an Eye Beauty Expert
May 2014 Makeup artist Bobbi Brown knows how to make eyes beautiful. And now she's launched a collection of frames specifically designed to enhance women's faces.
The line includes shapes and colors that flatter a variety of face shapes and skin colors and that work well with her signature eye makeup looks.
Featured here is the Maureen frame, a cat-eye shape in chunky acetate, shown in a translucent nectar color. Other frames are available in rectangular shapes, semi-rimless eyebrowed designs and large retro styles. The collection also includes sunglasses and readers.
Ms. Brown has also released a new book about eye makeup, called Everything Eyes. It includes a chapter for women who wear glasses, with tips for choosing frames and makeup that work together to enhance your eyes instead of hiding them. Please click here for close-up photos of more frames in the Bobbi Brown Eyewear collection.
Cheerful Looks in Spring/Summer Pastel Frames by Marc Jacobs
April 2014 With their bold shapes, translucent pastel materials and striped patterns, these women's frames from Marc Jacobs are checking all the happy boxes for this spring and summer.
At top is Marc Jacobs style MJ 542, a chunky design for a sophisticated, retro look. It comes in beige grey or cherry for women, and a men's version, MJ 536, comes in black or havana.
Below that is Marc by Marc Jacobs style MMJ 594 for women, with a butterfly shape and subtle stripes on each temple. It's shown here in greens and gray but comes in other color combinations as well.
Google Glass to Resemble Normal Eyewear Soon?
March 2014 Google Glass may never look completely normal. But Google has taken a step in the right direction by collaborating with an eyewear company to upgrade the design of the device as well as distribute it.
The company is Luxottica Group, which owns Ray-Ban and Oakley among other well-known brands. Luxottica and Google have been working on making the eyewear more fashionable so that more people will be willing to give it a try. Specific design details are not yet available, however.
Plans for prescription lens options are also in the works, according to a January agreement between Google and vision care company VSP Global.
PuriTi Frames for Men Offer Titanium Durability at an Affordable Price
January 2014 For men who want a 100 percent titanium frame that fits their budget, the new PuriTi eyewear collection may be just right.
Six styles are available now, with more to come soon. The designs are modern and lightweight, manufactured with an ion plating technique that the company says provides strength and rich color. The material is hypoallergenic and anti-corrosive.
Quality features include integrated spring hinges and stainless steel screws, with stylish details such as carbon fiber inserts and textured tooling.
Colors include brown, gunmetal, black and pewter.
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.
New Evo-Tec Frames Celebrate a Colorful New Year
January 2014 Chasing away the winter blahs, these new combination frames by Ogi Eyewear mix acetate in deep or vivid colors with stainless steel in coordinating metallic hues.
Each lightweight frame comes in several color choices, and various eye shapes are available, for both men and women.
Shown here is style 4811 in purple, a curvy rectangular shape for women. It combines a purple tortoise pattern fading to light blue inside with solid purple on the temples and black temple tips. The look cheers up wintry apparel and complements the brightly colored prints we'll be wearing this spring.
New Frames in Elle Collection for Women
January 2014 Five new releases for spring/summer in the Elle eyewear collection for women have chic, classic shapes and fashion-forward color palettes.
Shown here is EL 13372, a softened square shape with metal detail on each temple. It's available in three color choices.
Another notable new style is a bold cat-eye, in elegant black/cream, havana with black temples or purple with marbled temples.
January 2014 Striped patterns are making their way onto frames in a big way. Earth-tone stripes add texture and interest, while stripes in brights and lights can jazz up your look with a sporty, French vibe.
Shown here is a new style by Plume Paris called "Clamart," in blues and greenish-yellows.
Wear it with jeans for a laid-back weekend, or with a mod-print shift dress for a fashion-forward day at the office.
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.
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 close-up 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.
Large-Sized Frames With a Fashionable Look
October 2013 Timex Max has released four new men's frames for fall, all with a hard-to-find larger fit.
The frames are durable and lightweight, according to the company, and come in sizes ranging from 56 mm to 58 mm. Extra long temples and spring hinges make them even more suitable for men with large heads.
The styling is modern, with brushed stainless steel finishes, color striping and a rimless bottom lens option.
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.
Try Change Lets You Change Up Your Look in a Snap
June 2013 Ever get tired of your glasses? The new Try Change frame collection has a solution for you: interchangeable temples.
The frames come in a variety of shapes, from round to rectangular, and in several colors for each shape. Both rimless and full-rim styles are available.
And each pair comes with an extra pair of temples in a carefully chosen different color, so you can switch them out to match your outfit or your mood.
Shown here is style TH 107 in a brown/orange combination; it comes with extra temples in black.
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.
[Page updated September 22, 2015]