Eyewear and Trends: New Frame Products


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Oakley: Women’s Sunglasses Collection
Making it shady for the ladies
Oakley launches its first women-specific sunglass collection with three styles. Grapevine, which is feminine yet sporty, features extensive lens coverage. It’s offered in such rich colors as rust, cream, grape and black. Dart, a sports-inspired design, consists of a frame constructed from lightweight C-5 alloy with monolithic lenses. Script is a feminine shape rendered in three separate color layers, including a print pattern. The lenses in the collection are made from Plutonite and are offered in black gradient, brown gradient, dark bronze and gray tints..

Alain Mikli: Starck Eyes Expansion
A color story
Alain Mikli International brings color to its Starck Eyes line with a new collection of striking, energetic zyls designed to appeal to a much wider audience than the current Starck Eyes collection. Targeted to sophisticated, affluent men and women who appreciate innovative design and technology, but like discreet product without names and logos, the collection contains both ophthalmic and sun styles constructed from triple-laminated acetate. In each style, a strip of white divides two layers of color such as red and blue or black and green. Frames are equipped with the patented Starck biflec hinge for balance and comfort.

Signature: Burton Morris/Dakota Smith Collection
Pop art meets self expression
In collaboration with Signature Eyewear, American pop artist Burton Morris lends his talents and graphic skills to a new collection of Dakota Smith eyewear. Included are seven ophthalmic frames and two sunglasses in plastic and metal. Shapes are trendy and youthful and are offered in fun, vibrant colors such as blue bird, grape, jolly green, mustard, orangina and salt and pepper. More styles are slated for Spring 2006. The current Dakota Smith line, inspired by the Southwest, will continue to be an active part of the Dakota Smith brand with its own set of cases and merchandising materials.

Match: Aero by Float Milan
Simplicity meets flair
Match Eyewear expands its Aero series by Float Milan. The original line was 100 percent titanium. The new collection features six rimless designs with laminated zyl temples and a flexible core wire. The shapes include modified oval, rectangular and other geometric styles, accented by brown, black, burgundy, white/silver and crystal/gun colorations.

Face a Face: Eyewear Jewelry
Blending architecture and function
Face a Face adds eyewear jewelry to its frame line. The new collection of eyeglass retainers, which consists of two designs, Hook and ID, play on architectural and functional themes consistent with the company’s eyeglasses. Hook utilizes a clasp system comprised of a cube and hook made of sterling silver that forms a secure attachment system and comes in three versions: Hook Luxe and Hooke Perles, made entirely of sterling silver; and Hook Mix, a combination of a sterling silver hook and Plexiglas cube with a color-coordinated PVC flat wire. The ID collection features a double plate as the focal point and is offered in three options: ID Luxe, a combination of sterling silver on a leather or silver chain; ID Mix, a blend of sterling and Plexiglas on a cotton chain; and ID Plexi, two boldly colored pieces of Plexiglas on a cotton ribbon.