What's New in Sunglasses
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.
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.
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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 December 23, 2015]