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Elizabeth and James Rolls Out Spexy New Frames

15 Mar

The Olsen twins’ fashion line, Elizabeth and James, has dazzled us with uber chic sunglasses that are loved by celebs, and now the line is introducing its first-ever optical frames this weekend at International Vision Expo East.

The Elizabeth and James spring optical collection by Absolute Black will feature 13 frames, using materials like handmade acetate and stainless steel. Incredibly avant-garde shapes and styles take center stage like wire rimmed rounds, geeky flat tops, seductive cat-eyes, aviators and geometric silhouettes.

Ashley Olsen sums it up best as she describes the optical line’s vibe as “a classic feel with a modern sensibility.”

Elizabeth and James specs will be available in commercial boutiques in June 2011.

Elizabeth and James (Houston, Chrystie, Ventura, Delancey, Spring) by Absolute Black

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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!

Red Carpet Styled Eyes

9 Mar

Sadly, award season has come to a close, but that doesn’t mean we can’t relish in the fabulous fashions we’ve seen over the past few months.

Beginning with the Golden Globes all the way down to the Oscars, stars heated up the red carpet in delicious eyewear. Many styles showed face, but there were a few trends in particular that A-listers just couldn’t get enough of.

In case you missed our posts throughout award show season, here’s a refresher on the top celeb picks for eyewear:

Geek chic ruled the streets at every award show. Styles included round, rectangular and square shapes, bold browlines and keyhole bridges in black and tortoise. Famous faces like Johnny Depp, Seth Rogen, Chamillionaire and Geoffrey Rush were spotted rocking this look.

Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Depp at the Golden Globes; Seth Rogen, Chamillionaire and B.o.B. at the Grammys in geek chic specs

It’s not a night out without a pair of aviators, as we’ve learned from the likes of John Mayer, Marc Anthony, Blair Underwood and Kevin Spacey. Seen in metal and plastic materials, this classic shape debuted in teardrop, rectangular and butterfly shapes.

Marc Anthony and John Mayer at the Grammys, Kevin Spacey at the Oscars and Blair Underwood at the Golden Globes in aviators

Blacked out lenses were a smash hit, especially among young Hollywood, and graced the faces of Lady Gaga, Lil’ Wayne, Bruno Mars and Elly Jackson. These super dark and mysterious lenses were caught in a number of different styles such as cat-eyes, wayfarers and retro-round shapes.

Lil Wayne, Lady Gaga, Elly Jackson and Bruno Mars in blacked out lenses at the Grammys

Gradient lenses also made their way onto the scene in rose, amber and copper hues. It was a fan favorite among P Diddy, LL Cool J, John Legend, Usher and Nikki Sixx. These sultry lenses came in a variety of styles including aviators, squares and geek chic.

P Diddy, John Legend, Nikki Sixx, LL Cool J and Usher at the Grammys rocking gradient lenses

Shields always add a dramatic effect to any outfit,  so it doesn’t come as a shock that they made the rounds on favorite celebs like Justin Bieber, will.i.am, Lenny Kravitz and B.oB. Some stars kept their shields simple in all black, while others sported pops of color.

Lenny Kravitz, B.o.B., Justin Bieber and will.i.am. at the Grammys sporting shields

Kick Back in New Converse Eyewear

18 Feb

Converse is known for its upbeat, eclectic style and is a perfect match for those of you who love fashion, but don’t want to look like everyone else in the room. To help usher in the spring season, Converse by REM Eyewear has unleashed 18 new styles across three collections, all with a mix of modern design and retro flair.

For the hipsters, there’s Converse Heritage sunglasses—a collection filled to the brim with street-chic and alternative personality. Prime styles featuring aviators, rectangular, retro and geometric shapes are pumped up with glitter acetate and metallic details.

Vintage vixens will bask in the glory of Converse Heritage optical. Old school style, timeless shapes and smooth finishes collide to create frames that pop. This collection is sure to put a smile on any fashion savvy individual!

Geek chic lovers won’t be able to keep their paws off of the specs from the core Converse line. Independent style flirts with a rebellious undertone to make these frames edgy and professional. You can find bold patterns, tricked out construction and laser etching throughout the line.

Converse Heritage (Ballroom), Converse Heritage (Play On), Converse (Scenic Lookout) by REM Eyewear

Look Trés Chic in New Cole Haan Styles

17 Feb

In the market for a new pair of specs? Perfect timing—Cole Haan has just unveiled four new fresh and fab glasses that will spiff up your look. With a focus on craftsmanship, innovation and style, these new Cole Haan specs by ClearVision Optical will have you feeling both trendy and elegant.

Using metal alloy and acetate materials, Cole Haan designed a variety of cat-eye, almond and semi-rimless styles all complemented by pristine detailing, like iconic buckle décor, laser engraving and temple tip logos. The frames are available in tempting tones of green marble, aubergine, blue azure, plum or red and also in the classic hues of brown and black.

Cole Haan (CH947, CH949, CH946 and CH954) by ClearVision Optical

Spring into Style with New Jil Sander Eyewear

16 Feb

Though many of you may feel that we’re still in the depths of winter, March will be here before you know it and pretty soon the birds will be chirping and the sun shining. We thought sneaking a peek at Jil Sander’s Spring 2011 Eyewear Collection by Marchon Eyewear might put an extra pep in your step as you trudge through the last bout of cold weather.

Jil Sander’s collection takes minimalism to a new level by using rich, pure and bold colors. Classic statement eyewear comes in refined and sophisticated shapes, like feminine cat-eyes, tough aviators, funky geometric designs and retro rounds. Colored and gradient lenses enchant the senses in purple, rose and amber hues.

Scroll through these yummy sunnies and specs and you’ll be ready to take on spring fever!

Jil Sander Spring 2011 Eyewear Collection by Marchon Eyewear

Sporty and Spicy Shades from Lacoste

7 Feb

Ready to shake the winter blues? So are we, which is why we’re happy that Lacoste pulled out all the stops for their spring/summer 2011 sunwear collection. Vibrant colors, piqué textures, detailed bridges and mixed materials offered in an array of retro and modern shapes will definitely have you thinking about balmy summer weather.

The collection, featuring unisex, women’s and men’s styles, is inspired by the brand’s heritage and authentic sporting roots. Contemporary designs take form in practically every shape imaginable—sultry cat-eyes, futuristic shields, modified aviators, retro-rounds, dramatic squares and elegant butterfly shapes—making it close to impossible to choose just one.

One look at these Lacoste sunnies by Marchon Eyewear and you’ll be ready to face the approaching warmer months in style.

Lacoste by Marchon Eyewear

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