Features: Focus


Back to the Future

Fashion Editor Gloria Nicola
Photographed by
Nedjeljko Matura

They’re baaaaack… by popular demand. Bold, oversize eyeglass frames from
the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s… And not just designs inspired by those looks but actual frames hugely successful in earlier decades. Materials are lighter, colors are in some cases updated and the frames are perhaps a couple of millimeters smaller than originally, but the styles pictured here are true reincarnations of blockbusters from the past.

From top: LIZ CLAIBORNE 233 • Circle No. 211;CAZAL 607 • Circle No. 210;

• Cazal 607, from Eastern
States Eyewear and Ultra Palm Optical, was first introduced in the early 1980s and became a national phenomenon worn by countless entertainers and athletes. In fact, it was so popular Cazal built an additional factory in Germany just to keep up with demand from the U.S. The modern version is accented with the same gold metal temple trim used in the original. The new style, however, has a vertical lens depth that’s 4mm shorter.

• The Liz Claiborne 233 from Sàfilo is a revival of Liz Claiborne 19, the oversize softened square ionic fashion from the 1960s, worn by Liz Claiborne herself.
It’s available in traditional Claiborne hues—black, dark tortoise and burgundy.

• Silhouette Optical’s Futura collection made its debut in the 1970s. It’s returned— complete with signature bridge piece, but in
the company’s proprietary, modern SPX material.