Modern Aluminum Frames Debut in the s.Oliver Collection for Spring/Summer
April 2013 Aluminum is one of those materials that always looks modern.
In its elemental state it is a bright gray or silver color, but it can be anodized to protect the surface from corrosion and then dyed.
Aluminum is used in eyewear for the same reason it's used in airplanes: it's as strong as steel but weighs much less. Also, it's hypoallergenic and tends to keep its shape over time.
Shown here are two sleek new frames for women in the s.Oliver collection, both in aluminum. The blue frame is style 93798, while the deep pink frame is style 93799.
Prodesign Essentials Offer a Bright Outlook
March 2013 Playful color accents enliven these new additions to the Essential frame collection by Prodesign.
Models 1393-1397 include two women's, two men's and one unisex style, each in four to six colors. All combine a raw titanium frame for durability with soft rubber at the temple ends for comfort.
Distinctive details include the brushed temples and a handmade color line along the front.
Badgley Mischka Makes Elegant Debut in Eyewear
March 2013 Launching this week in New York is the Badgley Mischka eyewear collection, including 14 frames and eight sunglasses for women.
Badgley Mischka evening wear and accessories designs are young but very ladylike, with a lot of old-Hollywood sparkle thrown in. For examples, see the gowns worn by Taylor Swift, Kate Mara, Katy Perry and Elle Macpherson at recent red-carpet events.
And the eyewear is no different. Shown here is "Zoe," a zyl plastic style in black with rhinestone-embellished temples. The frame also comes in an elegant brown color. Please click here for close-ups of this and other Badgley Mischka frames.
Paris Fashion House Balmain Debuts Eyewear Collection
March 2013 The frame shown here is one of the men's styles in the brand-new Balmain eyewear collection.
With handsome finishes and subtle pairings of metal and plastic elements, the frames have a quietly luxe look, in strong, masculine shapes and sober colors such as black, green horn, tortoise and brown horn.
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The new collection also includes colorful women's frames, as well as sunglasses.
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 Eyewear Styles Feature Classic Salvatore
Ferragamo Design Touches
March 2013 The new Salvatore Ferragamo eyewear collection for spring/summer 2013 includes lots of details that echo the luxury brand's leather accessories and jewelry designs.
You'll find metal buckles, the Ferragamo bow, the logo and color blocking in these chic frames and sunglasses for both men and women.
Colors range from classic tortoise to peach to green and blue, and eye shapes are classic.
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.
New Illustrated Book on the History, Fashion and Cultural
Significance of Eyeglasses
An elegantly presented sourcebook on eyewear styles and shapes from vintage and modern-day to futuristic.
October 2012 Fashion Spectacles, Spectacular Fashion by Simon Murray and Nicky Albrechtson is a beautifully illustrated chronicle of eyewear, tracing pre-20th century glasses through to key shapes of the modern period and eclectic designs of tomorrow.
Based on Simon Murray's spectacle collection one of the largest private collections in the world this engaging book is a celebration of eyewear innovation, function, fashion and fun.
For all eyewear gurus, designers, stylists and lovers of vintage: this is a book to inspire and awaken the imagination. Please click here for more information.
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 close-up 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 close-up photos.
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 close-up 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.
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.
[Page updated April 2014]