Roll out the red carpet for high-end eyewear. It’s turning up the volume on form and fashion, exerting enormous impact on the industry as a whole. Here are some trends we’ve spotted: • Modern vintage sizzling with new versions of classy and glamorous shapes from the past. • Gigantic aviators, P-3 designs, rounds, cat eyes and all variations on the rectangle. • Top-of-the-line materials—100 percent titanium, aluminum, goldplated finishes, platinum, ruthenium, buffalo horn, wood, leather and custom-designed Italian and Japanese zyls. • Modern colors—purple, blue, green and red and rich shades of brown, amber and tortoise complemented with gold, orange and yellow.
• The new black enriched with silver or matte gray. • Stones and beyond—lattice work, laser engravings, fur and fabric inlays and cutouts everywhere.
• Cutting-edge hinge technology. • Customized innovations—interchangeable temples and top rims for a truly personalized look.
From left: GENESIS Sun from Area; CHROME HEARTS Deviant II from Optical Shop of Aspen; BRENDEL 905124 from BBH Eyewear; JET Frank 201 from Kirk Originals; RETHBA from Eye’DC; INTERCHANGEABLE TOPRIMS from Fleye
new product price guide
$. . . . . . . . Inexpensive Under $30
$ $ . . . . . . . . Moderate $30-$59
$ $ $. . . . . . . . . Moderately Expensive $60-$89
$ $ $ $ . . . . . . . . . Expensive $90-$119
$ $ $ $ $ . . . . . . . . . Very Expensive $120 and up
*Frame costs reflect pricing from vendor to dispenser
—By GLORIA NICOLA