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Eyewear in Tinted Wood Makes a Modern Statement with an Ancient Material
July 2012 Italy-based FEB31st will bring a collection of frames and sunglasses in tinted wood to the United States this September.
According to the company, the eyewear is very light and has reinforced nose pads.
The frames feature natural wood colors on the outside, with colors such as green, blue and orange inside. The sunglasses are the reverse, with brighter colors outside and earth tones within. The collection includes men's, women's and unisex styles. Please click here for closeup photos.
"Arnold" Frame Fast Becoming a Favorite Among Hollywood Actors
June 2012 Several actors have been spotted lately wearing the Arnold frame from The Dolabany Collection.
The rounded, retro style has decorative rivet hinge mounts and is made of Italian zyl.
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The Arnold frame goes with everything, and as actors Robert Downey Jr., Johnny Depp, Zachary Quinto, Ty Burrell and Jeff Goldblum demonstrate here, you can even wear it on the red carpet!
If you're interested in acquiring an Arnold frame, check with your local optician or other eye care provider.
Delicious New Colors in Eye Candy Frame Collection for Men and Women
May 2012 The new Eye Candy collection by Dolabany Eyewear has many interesting color options to brighten your spring and summer.
One example is Amour, a two-tone cateye, shown here in green frost. It's also available in brown blue frost and mauve frost.
Other women's frames include: Lattice, an acetate frame with painted temples that looks fantastic in beige, brown or mauve; Pauline, a rounded retro shape with delicately painted flowers on the front and temples; and Sintra, a chunky acetate cateye in black/crystal, brown streak, tiger olive or wine streak.
New frames for men include two square-shaped metal styles, Sherman and Wallace, as well as several retro looks.
Nine West Creates Modern Color Combinations in New Eyewear Collection
April 2012 For some of us, the color-blocking apparel trend is a bit of a challenge: Which colors go well together? Which don't?
In eyewear, Nine West has done the work for you. The Nine West Eyewear women's collection for spring/summer 2012 features on-trend color blocking, pairing red, turquoise, pink and green with tortoise patterns and black.
Peachy shades are also featured, as well as ombre and mesh patterns. Some temple interiors have animal prints or polka dots, for added glamour and sex appeal.
Shown here is style NW5002, a modern cat-eye shape in tortoise and turquoise. Below that is NW5020 in navy and pink, with modified rectangular eyeshape and swoopy temples.
The line includes 11 frames and nine sunglasses, each in various color combinations. Click here to see closeups of additional frames from this year's Nine West Eyewear collection.
Lacy Frame Makes a Feminine Statement
April 2012 Model ICE 246 by St. Moritz is a lovely metal frame for ladies, with laser-cut temples. Each lacy, art-nouveau-style temple is trimmed with a stone-encrusted medallion.
The frame has a clean, rectangular metal front and streamlined earpieces. It comes in three colors, to suit every complexion: ebony, gold and gray.
Gianna Frame Inspired by Twilight
April 2012 It's not easy for eyewear designers to come up with new looks every season. But sometimes nature lends a hand, as in this retro-oval black and blue Gianna frame in Dolabany's spring/summer 2012 collection.
The designer explains, "When I first drew the Gianna frame it was a clear afternoon. I had just witnessed a beautiful sunset, and it was the moment in the evening that's between daylight and darkness twilight."
"There is so much mystery behind the shadows it creates, and the sparkling blue colors it showcases after the sun is below the horizon. Blue and black became my favorite color combination that day, so I had to add this combination to the Gianna model aside from the other two colors I had in mind: Brown Streak and Wine Streak."
Global Fit Frame Collection Offers More Adjustability
for Special Fitting Needs
March 2012 The Global Fit Collection was created for women with high cheekbones, round heads and other features that can make it difficult to get a good frame fit. The frames are highly adjustable and are designed with shallow nose bridges and long, bowed temples.
The result is a more comfortable, secure fit without the frames slipping down your nose, as well as easier centering of the lenses over your eyes.
Currently the collection contains four styles by BCBGMaxAzria, but it will be expanded soon to other top brands. Please click here for closeup photos of some of the frames in the Global Fit collection.
Minimalist, Sporty Look in New NASCAR Frames for Men
March 2012 Here's a frame collection that lets you show your enthusiasm for America's number one spectator sport.
The eight new frames in the NASCAR collection for men include four full-rim and four semi-rimless models, all with metal fronts and anti-slip temples.
Each comes in two colors, with carbon trim inserts on the temples, plus a laser-engraved logo.
Legre Riffs on a Familiar Frame Shape
March 2012 The classic "wayfarer" frame shape has had many fans, from intellectuals to geeks, from surfer dudes to spies. Its strong lines make a big statement no matter who wears it, but eyewear company Legre has applied color and texture for a more modern take.
In some styles, Legre has paired tortoise patterns with solid-color layers, for a little color surprise inside the frames. Other styles are in plastic that's textured to look like wood. Various colors are available, and most fit both men and women.
Durable New Frame Material Maintains Color and Shape in Sunlight and Changing Temperatures
February 2012 This is the first line of frames to be developed with thermoplastic polyamide. The polymer, called Grilamid TR90, was developed exclusively for Aspex Eyewear, who says it is 20 percent lighter than other plastics and is extremely flexible and durable.
Aspex also says the material can maintain its rich color and finish after prolonged periods of time in sunlight. So the frames are a great choice for people who are active and like to get outside a lot. The frames also maintain their shape well in variable temperatures, and they are non-allergenic.
Aspex uses this special polymer in frames appearing in all its lines, including Easy Clip, Manhattan Design Studio and Takumi Magnetic Eyewear.
Alain Mikli Launches the Creative New Prince de
Sassoun Frame Collection
December 2011 Looking back on 2011, possibly the most unusual eyewear line launched this year was the Prince de Sassoun collection by Alain Mikli.
Mikli is a veteran eyewear designer and is at least partly responsible for the popularity of the rectangular plastic frame shapes that are so prevalent today. He is also known for luxury designs and an insistence on high-quality materials and craftsmanship.
But Mikli has many more dimensions than that, and this creative new collection, named after the French comic book Prince de Sassoun, displays his talent for the avant garde and the fanciful.
The collection is divided into three groupings, again with names from the comic book, which is based on Armenian folklore: the Osmanian Empire/Parallel Universe; the Empire of Moscovia/Tralala Universe; and the Kingdom of Sassoun/Millepage Universe. The 12 frame styles (men, women, and unisex) range from fairytale cateyes to slim, thready metals, and they are all full of color.
European Styling Comes to American Shores With the s.Oliver Collection
November 2011 The chic, contemporary designs of the s.Oliver brand are now available in the United States in an eyewear collection for men and women.
The apparel brand s.Oliver was founded in Germany in the 1970s and has since spread throughout Europe, India and other places.
The fashions are young and mostly casual, with a lot of denim, flannel, leather and wool knits in the mix.
The eyeglass frames echo that casual feel. Here, the woman is wearing model 93909, in black acetate with print detail. The man is wearing model 93913 in brown acetate. More colors are available as well.
A second line, called s.Oliver Selection, contains business-oriented frame designs with a streamlined look. Please click here for a closeup photo of the two models shown here.
[Page updated August 2013]
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