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Getting to Know Hue

30 Mar

Things are looking warm and bright for 2011. From uplifting honeysuckle to the cool hues of blue, eyewear styles are rich in color this season – even the lenses.

When it comes to eyewear this spring, color is showing face in a big way. From colored lenses to sultry specs, eyewear is definitely a statement piece that will add an instant wow factor to your wardrobe.

Here’s a look at some of the hottest hues in lenses and frames for the coming season:

Take a Tint
Lenses in blue and green pack a punch while amber and rosy tints add femininity.

bebe (BB7017) by Altair Eyewear, Jessica Simpson (J475) by Colors In Optics, Foster Grant (Ice) by FGX, Nicole Miller (Utilitarian) by Signature Eyewear


Time to Reflect
Mirrored lenses offer new views on how to change your look.

Diane von Furstenberg (DVF103) by Marchon Eyewear, Michael Kors (M2040) by Marchon Eyewear, Lacoste (L503) by Marchon Eyewear, Ray-Ban (RB8307) by Luxottica


Gradient Complexion
From subtle to sexy eyeshadow effects, gradient colored lenses create sexy style.

BCBG (Silk) by ClearVision Optical, Converse Backstage (With the Band) by REM Eyewear, Cinzia (Glamazon) by Cinzia Designs, Rocawear (R384) by Colors in Optics


Go To Print
An alternative to solids, frames in colored prints and patterns are bold and playful fashion statements.

Bottega Veneta (BV154) by Safilo Group, Malia (1445) by Miyagi Eyewear, Lilly Pulitizer (Winnie) by Kenmark Group, Miu Miu (VMU08) by Luxottica

Color Me Pretty
Leave the dreary, dull winter behind and warm up in luscious berry tones and creamy neutrals.

Alviero Martini (MK0155) by Grant Italia, Marc Jacobs (MJ 347) by Safilo Group, ete (Malabar) by Optylux Group, Seraphin (Marquette) by Ogi Eyewear



All Eyes On Spring 2011 Eyewear Trends

10 Mar

Full of chic shapes, dazzling details and warm colors, eyewear this spring is making a statement. From geek chic looks to retro influences and sporty inspirations, there are endless options that offer something for everyone.

Women’s eyewear trends include:

Retro Prep

With influences from the ‘50s and ‘60s, this trend is one part sass and one part class. Cat-eyes are still on top – in extreme or relaxed, teardrop styles. Bold browline frames are must-haves for geek chic prepsters, and trendsetters will drool over new, round shapes taking center stage. Ladylike hues of tortoise, pinks, creamy neutrals and pearly finishes are fresh, while vivacious hues or pops of color are flirty.

Miyagi Eyewear (Jane) by Miyagi Eyewear; Elizabeth and James (Fairfax) by Absolute Black; Chloe (CL2196) by L'Amy America; Seraphin (Marquette) by Ogi Eyewear

Disco Diva

The decade ruling fashion this spring is, without a doubt, the 1970s. Disco queens will delight in the groovy eyewear options that have burst onto the scene. When it comes to sunglasses this season, bigger is better and the squoval (squared oval) is king. Luscious berry tones, tonal and marbleized effects, bedazzled details, gradient lenses and rose or amber tinted lenses are quintessential.

ete (Roque) by Optylux Group; Roberto Cavalli (RC587) by Marcolin; Amadeus (A922) by Optimate; bebe (BB7017) by Altair Eyewear

Urban Edge

Sporty and downtown styles collide for a look that is uber edgy and chic. Smoky gradients, bold metal accents and luxurious leathers add daring details to shields, aviators and geometric shapes. Adrenalin junkies and daredevils get their fix in mixed-media frames, fashion forward cut outs and rebellious blacks. Mirrored or blacked out lenses add panache and show off a futuristic vibe perfect for any fierce fashionista.

Jessica Simpson (J500) by Colors In Optics; FYSH (F3430) by Wescan Optical; Humphreys (583003) by Tura; Nicole Miller (Intertwined) by Signature Eyewear

The latest eyewear looks for men include:

Modern Heritage

Taking cues from simpler times, eyewear this season is all about clean, classic styles from the past with a modern touch. Round frames – a la John Lennon – have emerged as a key shape for specs and sunglasses in wire or plastic. Geek chic browline and wayfarer styled frames continue to rule the streets and are more dashing than ever. Keyhole bridges also add charming detail to these dapper styles.

Randolph Engineering (P3) by Randolph Engineering; Kata (K198) by Legacie; Zense (7612) by ProDesign; Tru Trussardi (TR12815) by Charmant

Street Pop

Eyewear this spring is sporty and spicy, giving men the perfect chance to pump up their style. Shields are an absolute must, as well as colored lenses that add spunk to typical guy frames. Tough metal details or matching black frames and lenses are ultra sleek and mysterious, while floating lenses take frames into the styles of tomorrow. Thick plastics, white, blue and two-toned frames keep things fun and fresh.

Umbro (UMU901) by Nouveau Eyewear; Nike Vintage (EV0601) by Marchon Eyewear; Face a Face (Macho) by Face a Face; Bolle (Crown) by Bushnell Performance Optics

Globe Trotter

Worldly styles, textures and details prove to be great inspirations for men’s fashion, especially when it comes to eyewear. Frames this spring are sultry, yet earthy, with intriguing details and natural colors. Rustic wooden frames or accents and rich leathers make the look chic and effortless. Aviators command attention in both classic and updated styles, with the navigator (squared aviator) showing face as well.

Gucci (GG1943) by Safilo Group; OGA Vitra (6750) by Morel Eyewear; Cazal (8003) by Ultra Palm Optical; William Rast (WR1004) by Viva International Group


Make sure to check out these other fabulous frame suggestions!

Flatter Your Face with These Simple Tips

17 Dec

Finding the perfect glasses can often be frustrating when you aren’t sure what to look for. It’s easy to get caught up in the latest eyewear trends without stopping to think about what frame shapes and features will complement your facial characteristics the best.

The good news is that you will never have to sacrifice being fashionable to accommodate your facial structure; making the slightest adjustments in your quest for the ultimate specs can drastically change your look for the better.

Check out the following tips for a head start on finding the most flattering frames for your face:

  • To shorten your face, try mid- or low-temples or a low bridge.
  • To lengthen your face, try high- or mid-height temples, a high bridge or rimless frames.
  • To narrow and lengthen a stubby nose, try a clear or metal bridge that sits close to your nose.
  • Shorten a longer nose with a frame that has a low, dark and straight nose bridge.
  • For flat noses, choose adjustable nose pads.
  • To narrow wide-set eyes, try a dark-colored bridge.
  • Widen close-set eyes with a light or clear bridge across the nose.
  • Add width to a narrow forehead with a prominent top bar.
  • To shorten a high forehead, choose frames that are even with or slightly higher than your brow line.
  • Minimize the appearance of fine lines with cosmetic lens tinting.

In addition to solving these common facial features woes, always remember these suggestions as a rule of thumb when selecting eyewear:

  • Frames should contrast with your face shape.
  • Frame size should be in scale with your face size.
  • Eyewear should balance personal proportion.

Sneak Peek at S/S 2011 Eyewear Trends

17 Nov

While it seems we’ve just gotten to the heart of fall in the real world, it’s already time to be thinking about spring in the fashion world.

Last week we teamed up with Stylesight, an online trend forecasting company, for a fabulous and informative event showcasing some of the latest eyewear styles that will be available this coming spring/summer.

Stylesight had their seasoned  SVP Trend Analysis, Sharon Graubard, present the trends influencing eyewear and sunwear for Spring/Summer 2011.

Here’s the inside scoop on Stylesight’s take on what’s to come:

Analogue: Geek chic goes low-tech with straightforward minimal styles, thick framed spectacles or delicate wire-rims, soft neutrals and wood or leather accents.

Rebels: Tough and wild gets sophisticated and sleek. Dominating details include hard and clean lines, streamlined cat-eyes and shields, dark metalics, spikes, studs, chains and mirrored lenses.

Manifesto: Studio 54 luxe and 80s soap opera excess is revisited in big circles and rounded squares. Gradient lenses, glam cat-eyes, bold brights and gold and baroque accents vamp up the drama.

Soul: Think 70s R&B meets African craft with oversized rounds, plastic aviators, earthy neutrals paired with bright accents and tinted lenses in statement colors.

Don’t Sweat the Fine Print

11 Nov

At some point in life, we will all find ourselves struggling to read the exclusions listed in tiny size six font at the bottom of our Macy’s coupons. Most of us dread the idea of having to buy reading glasses that remind us of our grannies, and instead, strain our eyes and squint to read the fine print.

Luckily, times are changing and readers are no longer ugly, magnifying apparatuses that need to be hidden in bedside tables. So it’s time to swallow your pride, stop squinting—no need to give crows feet more reason to invade the precious skin around your peepers—and get yourself a stylish pair of readers.

To make it a little easier for you, we’ve broken down the latest trends:


Shapes can make or break your style. This season, look for retro cat-eye and browline frames or chic aviator sun readers.


Fall is often synonymous with warm, nature-inspired colors. Get on track this season in luscious vegetal tones, tortoise and color blocking.


We all love details that make an otherwise generic design transform into a quintessential fashion statement. This season get barely there effects with rimless and semi-rimless frames or eye-catching embellishments and metallic details.

These rich colors, fun shapes and and eye-catching details are sure to wipe away any lingering readers blues you may have. And now that you’re jazzed to get some new readers it’s time to accessorize!

Spice up your eyewear collection by incorporating sassy animal prints, bold colors and tribal influences in your cases and eyewear chains.


Things We Love: NY Fashion Week Eyewear

29 Sep

Here’s a quick round up of some of our favorite eyewear seen on the runways at Spring/Summer 2011 fashion week in New York:

Sharp, neon cat-eyes and oversized specs at Betsey Johnson.

Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson S/S 2011 - Photo via

Super oversized vintage-glam shades at Marc Jacobs in thick plastics with low swooping temples.

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs S/S 2011 - Photo via

Reverse rimless effect on sunwear at Cynthia Rowley with thickly lined bottoms and barely there effect on top.

Cynthia Rowley

Cynthia Rowley S/S 2011 - Photo via

Super round sunnies looking futuristic in metals and retro in black and white at Diane von Furstenberg.

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg S/S 2011 - Photo via

Blacked out plastic aviators for men and vintage inspired chic rounded frames with up-swept temples at Tommy Hilfiger.

Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger S/S 2011 - Photo via

New take on aviators at Proenza Schouler with blacked out round lenses and a buttoned solid piece of leather over the bridge giving these a very fashion-forward feel.

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler S/S 2011 - Photo via

Oversized sunnies with matching frame color and lens tint at Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Marc by Marc Jacobs - Photo via

Retro influences at Gant by Michael Bastian with cat-eye and geek chic specs and shades.

Gant by Michael Bastian

Gant by Michael Bastian S/S 2011 - Photo via

Get Back to the Books in Style

21 Sep

The lazy days of summer are long gone and now it’s back to the daily grind of fall.

Fall tends to be synonymous with the going back-to-school mentality for parents and students alike and you know what that means – time for wardrobe updates!

Kids (no matter what age) love spotting new trends and making a statement during their first few weeks back at school which makes now a great time for eyewear updates whether you’re shopping for yourself, your kindergartener or your college-bound baby.

For the youngsters, there are plenty of adorable frames to choose from. Whether you have a Barbie-loving diva or a sports-loving tomboy on your hands, this season’s trends are sure to make your little ones smile.

The boys will be into bold prints, dark blues, blacks and fun two-toned hues in classic shapes and sporty styles.

This vibrant blue rectangular Float frame with orange accents will be sure to match almost anything in your little guy’s wardrobe.

Float FLT-KP-224 by Match Eyewear

Float (KP224) by Match Eyewear

Or if he’s more of a little prepster then try these great IZOD frames.

IZOD by ClearVision Optical

IZOD by ClearVision Optical

The little ladies will love this fall’s color palette – pretty pinks, flashy reds and deep purples – as well as the fun-loving patterns that include anything from colorful zebra print to florals.

Check out this fabulously purple pair of angular TuraFlexies.

TuraFlexies (M207) by Tura

TuraFlexies (M207) by Tura

Or take a walk on the wild side in a pair of DB4K.

DB4K (Meow) by Europa International

DB4K (Meow) by Europa International

Both teens and college-bound students are at the age where they can play around with different trends to create their own unique style.

For the guys, think Harry Potter meets Mad Men and the result will be a look that is totally chic. Get this dapper dandy style with this Bill Blass frame.

Bill Blass (BB958) by Eyewear Designs, Ltd.

Bill Blass (BB958) by Eyewear Designs, Ltd.

Futuristic frames are also in with their angular and geometric shapes. This Amadeus frame is perfect for those of you looking for a sleek frame with some edge.

Amadeus (A914) by Optimate

Amadeus (A914) by Optimate

The ladies are always looking to dress-to-impress, especially during the first semester—before all of the tests and term papers hit. And we all know a girl can never have too many accessories to brighten up her wardrobe.

This season offers dramatic cat-eyes, signature graphics and nerdy frames to mix and match as you please.

Get your vintage vixen on in a pair of retro-glam Lafont frames.

Lafont (Desiree) by Lafont

Lafont (Desiree) by Lafont

If you’re not into the ladylike 50’s trend, then  jump on board the geek chic trend with these MARC by Marc Jacobs specs for a look that’s sure to pack a punch.

Marc by Marc Jacobs (MMJ462) by Safilo

Marc by Marc Jacobs (MMJ462) by Safilo

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