Features: Fashion Feature

Aug
2004

Eyeing the New Designs of the Times

Photography by MARGARET GIBBONS
Fashion Editor: GLORIA NICOLA
Editorial Assistant: LAUREN SIEGAL
Hair and Make up: BRYAN LYNDE/RJ BENNETT
Models: ARTURO/KROME; CHANDRA/REICH NY; FERN/REICH NY
Still Photography: NEDJELJKO MATURA
All clothing and non-eyewear accessories come directly from the represented brand.

The brand new world of designers continues to evolve. These days life-style brands are on equal footing with high-fashion designers. Yesterday’s fashionista has given way to style-conscious consumers. People today expect quality tempered by new value and enduring design. And again eyewear chooses to lead rather than follow the fashions of the times.

Frame: BROOKS BROTHERS 325 from Luxottica Group
BrandeXtras: Brooks Brothers… creates AND recreates classics. There are suits. And there are Brooks suits. There are ties. And there are Brooks ties. There are preppie glasses. And there are THESE Brooks preppies with a hint of tortoise, a flair of foil and a shape that says classic can be modern.  Watch power suits make a comeback with eyewear that’s here to stay.

Frame: VIA SPIGA Monterosi from Zyloware
BrandeXtras: Via Spiga… spikes the scale with high-style from toe to head. Rimless eyewear is certainly the optical version of slinky, strappy high-heeled shoes. Fun, funky embellishments on the outer eye rims draw attention to the eyes. A hint of tint makes a white coat pop. Perhaps that’s why the Via Spiga woman always seems well-heeled and above the crowd.



From left: DOLCE & GABANNA 462 from Marcolin USA; JEFF BANKS 11 from Metzler International USA; KENNETH COLE NEW YORK Greek Temple from ClearVision Optical; NORMA KAMALI 7215 from Avalon Eyewear; CYNTHIA ROWLEY 166 from B. Robinson Optical


From left: BLUMARINE 90523 from Colors in Optic; CELINE VC 1104 from Seiko Optical Products; VERA WANG 49 from Couteur Designs/Division of Kenmark Group; BEBE Cookie from Signature Eyewear


From left: JOSEPH ABBOUD 113 from Altair Eyewear;  ESCADA 390 from Tura


BrandeXtras:
Jones New York… It’s a wrap/ suit combo, a great alternative for spicing up the day with a hint of night mystery. That delicate but dutiful
attention to leadership role-making works wonders in eyewear and attire with modern curves, lux-look materials and shimmering colorations.

Frame: NAUTICA P3508 from Marchon Eyewear
BrandeXtras: Nautica… has the great brand sense of looking sharp, seeing sharp and doing that while making it look easy. Designer David Chu is a stickler for tech and nothing delivers that better than the added attention of polarized lenses—perfect for fishing, sailing or just hanging out. Pairing these sunclipped specs with khakis and a dress shirt makes for a new American take on casual.

Frame: TOMMY HILFIGER 3079 from Viva International Group
BrandeXtras: Tommy Hilfiger… gives a twist to style with zeal and zyl. With its boldly angled shape in purple, this eyewear is the perfect mix of familiar and funky.  A second refreshing twist sends the classic sweater and khaki skirt combo into the trio-sphere of optical.

Frame: BOSS BY HUGO BOSS 11050 from CXD/Charmant Exclusive Division
BrandeXtras: Boss by Hugo Boss…continues to raise the masculine style bar. This new take on the top brow-bar adds intrigue to a traditional rectangle. Clear the way for the return of car coats and glasses blending equal ingredients of masculinity and sensitivity.


Frame: LIZ CLAIBORNE 257 from Sàfilo USA
BrandeXtras: Liz Claiborne… is well regarded as the brand that succeeds in style from rush hour to happy hour. In eyewear that mix of sophistication and design earns respect in the boardroom and on the dance floor. It does that stance and dance with a flair for color and a critical eye to shape and quality.  Note here: Rimless suits black minimal to the max.

Frame: PERRY ELLIS 806 from Eyewear Designs
BrandeXtras: Perry Ellis… brands its name as the subtle-yet-right choice for understated style. A clean, modern rectangle in the increasingly popular hue of blue says worldly is wise. Especially focused when teamed with a smart (and slightly sexy) V-neck sweater.

 

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