Photographed by Stephen Mark Sullivan

VARIATION from Lafont
Just as sports fans are true to their teams, most eyeglass wearers are true to a frame material, either rooting for team zyl or team metal. But what happens when the two materials work in tandem? They create all-star combination frames that bring together the best of both worlds. Classic tortoise becomes an attention getter when accented with a gold bar or metal “netting,” metal frames gain contrast and definition with the addition of plastic fronts, and gold sunglasses go quirky with tortoise “eyebrows.” By highlighting the differences inherent in each material, the resulting frames gain texture and complexity. It’s a win-win for both teams.

–Iris Johnson