What's New In Sunglasses
Vuarnet On The Edge
Fall/Winter 2016 If you're a Vuarnet fan, you know and appreciate the signature rounded-off shapes, deep rims, thin temples and mineral glass lenses.
The brand has released a new Edge collection that incorporates all those features, using stainless steel and updated colors for a more modern sporty look.
The collection comprises three silhouettes: Round, Pilot and Caravan.
A standout is the Round Edge shown here, with a matte black frame, amber acetate rims and gray lenses.
Snap Spectacles: A Sunglass/Video Camera
That Captures Your Memories On The Fly
Fall/Winter 2016 Did Snapchat get right what Google Glass didn't? We'll find out soon when the app company, now renamed Snap Inc., launches its video camera sunglasses.
Snap's new Spectacles contain a tiny camera that, when you tap on the frame, takes 10-second videos in a new circular format and connects directly to the Snapchat app via Bluetooth or wi-fi.
The company says the videos play full screen on any device, in any orientation, with a 115 degree field of view.
The sunglasses come in three colors, with round lenses we haven't heard yet whether more style options will be available.
Unlike Google Glass, they look like fairly normal eyewear, though lights will come on when you're recording a video. They charge in their case, and it's rumored they will sell for $129.
DiorUmbrage Features Eccentric Styling With Patterned Lenses
September 2016 The DiorUmbrage sunglasses featured in the Winter 2016 Dior fashion shows have a unique mixture of patterns and details that make them a standout.
That's why we've named them our September Sunglasses of the Month.
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The frames include havana acetate in various tortoise colors, along with thin metal temples in rose gold, gold, silver or gunmetal.
The round lenses come in gray or blue, or you can choose a model with foliage mirrored lenses in pink, violet or blue. The effect is rich, exotic and stunning.
San Diego Sunglasses For Men: A Heavyweight Look In A Lightweight Titanium Frame
July 2016 Italian sunglass maker Blackfin has added a bold new style to its collection for men: the San Diego BF766.
The lightweight titanium style features a double bridge and large, angular lenses.
It's a glamorous, masculine look that may remind you of the hunky guys of the '70s for us, it evokes the likes of Steve McQueen, Robert Redford, Erik Estrada and Richard Roundtree.
The San Diego sunglass style comes in matte dark gray/yellow with gold mirrored lenses, dark gray/black with gray gradient lenses and dark gray/gold with brown gradient lenses.
Discoverist Sunglass Collection Pairs Zeiss Polarized Lenses With Toms' Charitable Vision
June 2016 Toms, the "one for one" company that provides a product to a needy person for every product sold, has partnered with Zeiss to create a new sunglass collection.
Called "Discoverist," the line has eight styles for men and women, with polarized lenses by Zeiss.
The lenses also include UVA/UVB protection and Ri-Pel Technology, which is a Zeiss coating that repels water and oil, for more resistance to fingerprints and smudges.
The frames are trendy and cool, in acetate and metals, in shapes to suit any face. More importantly, your purchase of Discoverist sunglasses means someone in a developing country will receive eyewear and vision care through the charitable efforts of both companies.
Cocoons Fitovers Adds More Than 150 Models To The Collection
June 2016 This is big: Cocoons has expanded to include more frame colors/finishes and more lens options, to suit every taste, for a total of more than 325 models.
Cocoons Fitovers are the sunglasses that make sun protection and anti-glare eye comfort so convenient for people who wear eyeglasses. (And for people who need special tints for various vision conditions.)
The line has grown its fashion-forward models to include more glossy frame finishes in beautiful colors like aqua, black cherry, chocolate, caramel, leopard, onyx and amethyst. Each frame includes a patented system that lets you adjust the ear pieces so the eyewear fits your head exactly.
And the mirror lens options have expanded from blue and green to gold, silver and rose.
The collection includes scratch-resistant lenses in both polarized and non-polarized tints. Each pair of sunglasses includes a neoprene case, large lens cloth and a manufacturer's limited lifetime warranty.
Costa's Newest Style Inspired By South Pacific Islanders
Costa's new Copra sunglasses. [Enlarge and view more images]
May 2016 Costa has released a new style inspired by South Pacific islanders and their ability to live sustainably. Called "Copra," after the word for dried, chopped coconut that is pressed for oil, the sunglass is made of a bio-based resin sourced from the castor plant, which is a sustainable and hardy perennial.
The company says the material is very durable and light. And it holds its shape in both very hot and very cold temperatures important for anglers and other outdoorsy types.
Copra's large lens size offers great sun protection, and the frame has integral hinges and soft nose pads for comfort.
Several colors are available, including the matte coconut fade shown here and also three-layer color combinations. And several glare-reducing polarized lens options are available, so you can choose the color and finish that are right for you.
Isaac Mizrahi's New Sunglass Collection Reflects His Fun-Loving Style
April 2016 Colorful, bold, inventive, witty: these adjectives all apply to Isaac Mizrahi's fashion designs, and they apply equally to his new collection of sunglasses for women.
Style IM30214 from the new Isaac Mizrahi sunglass collection. [See more styles.]
These styles are as wearable and fun as Mizrahi's clothing, in colors that range from classic black and tortoise to on-trend hues like navy, burgundy, beige, gray, green, white and pink.
Most of the shades are framed in chunky plastic, though a few have slimmer silhouettes or metal components.
The shapes are classic, including feminine cat-eyes, preppy P3s and big Jackie Os. Each style comes in three or four colors, and you'll find them in optical stores and department stores nationwide.
Men's Aviator Sunglass By Spine Has Strong Industrial Style
Spine sunglasses. [Enlarge and view more images]
April 2016 Spine has released its spring sunglasses for men, and we are in love with the strong, masculine silhouettes with industrial style.
Our sunglass of the month is the Spine SP7002, shown here in brown gradient, a brilliant combination of textures, colors and patterns that pairs well with both sporty and business attire.
The aviator front features the keyhole bridge that is trending now, and the lenses are polarized with back-side green anti-reflective coating. The style also comes in black.
All Spine frames and sunglasses have patented micro-injection metal hinge and cable systems, so the temples can flex or hug your face as needed. They are available in optical stores nationwide.
Folding Sunglasses With Performance Features, By Rudy Project
March 2016 It's spring, and time to get out there! So we're pleased to discover the new Synform folding performance sunglass by Rudy Project.
Synform folding performance sunglasses by Rudy Project. [Enlarge]
The Synform has so many great features for athletes: interchangeable lenses for various light conditions, venting to combat fogging, fully adjustable temple tips and lightweight materials. Plus it's prescription-friendly.
Five photochromic lens colors are available, so depending on the light, the lenses will change to black, laser black, red, laser red or laser brown.
And we love this the Synform folds into a compact case that fits anywhere, even in the back of a cycling jersey. So cool.
You can try them on at any authorized Rudy Project dealer.
Jared Leto, the Face of the New Carrera Maverick Collection
Jared Leto wearing Carrera 113/S sunglasses from the new Maverick collection. [Enlarge]
February 2016 This month we're loving the new Carrera Maverick collection, currently promoted by risk-taking actor, musician and director Jared Leto.
Featured here is style 113/S, a classic aviator look with the double-bar bridge that has made such a huge comeback in the past few months. All six sunglasses in the collection have the double-bar and are made with very light, thin frames.
The collection includes three eyeglass frames, as well. Many color options are available for both frames and sun lenses, and the collection contains both male and unisex models. View more images.
Two New Costa Styles for a More Relaxing View on the Water
April 2015 Costa has released two new metal sunglasses that evoke the relaxed yet sporty style of the beaches of Baja California.
"Palapa," shown here, was named after those thatched sun shelters on Mexican beaches. It has a squared-off shape with silicone nose pads and comes in palladium, gunmetal, rose gold and palladium with crystal red temples.
"Loreto," named after the Mexican town known for sport fishing, is a medium-sized aviator in Monel metal with nylon arms, silicone nose pads and hypoallergenic rubberized temple tips to prevent slipping. Frame colors include palladium with white temples, gunmetal with black temples, rose gold and gunmetal with crystal temples.
Both come in an array of polarized lens options, in plastic or glass, to enhance your ability to see fish in the water and sunny scenery.
Dior's High-Fashion Future Shock
March 2015 DiorTechnologic was created as a futuristic sunglass collection for the Dior Summer 2015 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show.
The shape is ultra-modern with flat lenses and open-worked metal fronts. The shininess of the mirrored lenses and metals contrast with the black acetate temples.
DiorTechnologic sunglasses for women are available with silver, gold or black frames, with mirrored, dark gray, blue or brown lenses depending on the frame.
Please click here for close-up photos of all three frame color options.
Summer Starts Early with These Italy-Made Sunglasses by Rudy Project
February 2015 Rudy Project's 2015 casual collection includes three new sunglasses with trendy shapes and unusual color combinations.
Shown here is the Warp style for men and women, in a wood-look pattern with green lenses. Warp also comes in black gloss, camouflage gray, ice graphite, demi-turtle, ice gold, ice rose and ice blue.
Broomstyk is a women's style with more of a beachy, fun-in-the-sun vibe. It comes in several cute colors, including camo pink.
The men's style Sensor heads into a more polished direction, with simpler lines and sport-cool colors such as camo gray and crystal ash.
The manufacturer says all three Rudy Project sunglasses can be fitted with prescription lenses, and all are lightweight with good impact-resistance and full UV protection.
Bigger? Yes, Please!
December 2014 With an Italy-made slim titanium frame and gigantic lenses, this sunglass from the Blackfin Zero Edge collection is both eye-catching and eye-protecting.
Style BF715 Magnetic for women also features lenses divided in two hemispheres, each with its own mirror finish. Another unique detail is that the temple tips can be shortened by the wearer, to fit precisely.
The sunglass comes in opaque purple with purple/midnight blue mirrored lenses, opaque black with silver black/lemon gold lenses and all black with smoky/silver black lenses.
Please click here for a close-up photo of the Blackfin Zero Edge sunglasses shown here.
The Iconic Brand Vuarnet Reappears in the U.S.
December 2014 Remember Vuarnet, that jet-set brand of French sunglasses that was so sought-after in decades past? It's back! The Vuarnet brand has re-launched in the United States, with the same sporty features that made it so popular in the '60s, '70s and '80s.
Shown here is the "Glacier," an aviator style favored by mountain climbers and adventure skiers because of the eye protection offered by its removable leather side shields.
Also available is style 002, a cat-eye shape worn by Jean Vuarnet in 1960 when he won the gold medal for downhill skiing at the Olympic Games. And style 006, a wayfarer design that Alain Delon wore in the film La Piscine. Also featured are styles 1406 and 1407, vintage-look prescription frames that come with clip-on sunglass lenses.
New Sunglass Collection by will.i.am
October 2014 A collaboration between will.i.am and eyewear designer George Gorrow has resulted in ill.i, a line of frames and sunglasses inspired by hip hop pioneers of the 1980s, as well as vintage styling of previous decades.
Acetate top bars, patented diagonal hinges, unusual combinations of acetate and metal and the will.i.am "willpower" logo distinguish the sunglasses from other retro-styled collections.
Men's, women's and unisex styles are included in the new collection.
Please click here for close-up photos of the new ill.i styles. Also, for a sneak peek at ill.i frames launching in spring 2015, please click here.
New Sunglasses from Marc by Marc Jacobs Have
Clean Lines with Subtle Texture
September 2014 Metal grids create a woven-fabric texture effect on the fronts of these new sunglasses for fall/winter from Marc by Marc Jacobs.
Style MMJ 435/S for women has a trendy cat-eye shape with mirrored lenses. It's shown here in matte red but also comes in matte black, mud and smart gold all colors inspired by the season's fashion shows.
For men is style MMJ 436/S, a rectangular shape in ruthenium with gray, shiny black with matte black and ruthenium with black. All have flash lenses.
Moncler Lunettes Expands Sophisticated, Sporty Sunglass Collection
July 2014 The Italy-based Moncler outdoor clothing company is expanding its year-old Moncler Lunettes collection to 14 sunglass and 12 eyeglass frame models for men and women.
The line includes sophisticated 1950s sports-oriented styles reminiscent of European ski resorts.
The materials include translucent acetate in pastels, greens, tortoise and soft earth tones and ultra-light titanium in gold, brown, black, silver and gunmetal. Both feature small ornamental logo touches.
Here, Kitty Kitty
May 2014 New from Alexander McQueen for spring/summer is a cat-eye sunglass with lots of attitude.
Style 4251/S comes in two versions: one with an acetate frame and metallic inserts and one in all acetate.
The look is very modern, with a large, assertive eye shape. And it comes in bold color combinations, including black/gold, gray havana/silver, white/gold, red, blue, light blue/white, tortoise/gold, black/tortoise and black/silver.
A dramatic ad featuring Kate Moss wearing the sunglass is appearing now. (Click on the thumbnail here to see it.)
You'll find this new cat-eye sunglass in fine optical stores nationwide. Please click here to see a close-up photo of the sunglass.
Smith Archive Brings the Past Alive
May 2014 "Old school" is cool, and these sunglasses from Smith Optics are one reason why.
The company is celebrating its history by bringing back five styles from its collections of 1988, 1991 and 1993. Each one has its original launch date on the label, and they even come in choices of original colors.
Shown here is "Cheetah," and you can see the other four styles by clicking here for close-ups.
Although the frames are original, the lenses are updated to Smith's Carbonic TLT lenses and come in either polarized or non-polarized options.
Trendy Sunglasses for Grown-Up Men, by Randy Jackson Sun
February 2014 Launching this month is a brand-new collection of Randy Jackson sunglasses, with trendy looks for men of all tastes.
Styles range from a full-rim zyl plastic frame with a wide fit to a full-rim square-shaped metal frame with a double-bar bridge.
Details include cut-out temples, ribbed metal, plaques and metal rivets. All have polarized lenses and can accept prescription lenses even progressives.
Give Your Valentine the Look of Love
January 2014 Guys, have we got a Valentine's Day gift idea for you! This is way better than a box of chocolates: designer sunglasses that both protect your sweetie's eyes and feature a heart print on each temple.
Style MMJ 361/N/S is a limited-edition sunglass released by Marc by Marc Jacobs. The chunky acetate frame is retro-'80s and looks cute on everybody. It's available in optical stores, Marc by Marc Jacobs boutiques and some department stores.
[Page updated November 29, 2016]