Gray is a cool color that’s heating up the fashion world. From eyewear
to clothes to home furnishings, gray is the style maxim this season.
A neutral, balanced color, it’s sophisticated and conservative. Lighter
tones stand in for white without being too stark and darker tones for
black with less somberness. Taupe, a gray-brown hue, lends a slightly
earthy, warm cast to this versatile color. Smoky, cloudy grays enhance
a feeling of mystery and intrigue. Whatever the shade, gray is hot.
Photographed by KAREN SCHULD
Clockwise from far left: ROBERT MARC 587 from ROBERT MARC; VERA WANG 213 from Couteur Designs/A Division of Kenmark Group; CATHERINE DENEUVE LUNETTES 239 from Viva International Group; STAFFAN PREUTZ DESIGN 761 from Italee; EDWARD BEINER MIAMI 11th Street from EBX Optik
SHADES OF GRAY
Light grays with pastel shades of pink, blue,
lavender and green have a feminine quality.
Darken those colors for a more masculine feel
Gray with hot pink is a little retro.
Cool a warm palette by adding gray to rich
reds or golden yellows.
Gray paired with white or crystal has a
cloudy, moody appeal.
Over the past 20 years, I’ve seen some pretty interesting things during clinic time. I recently had the amazing experience of meeting a young man with albinism. In the United States and Europe, there are only one in 18,000 to 20,000 people who have some type of albinism. He was only the second patient I have had the opportunity to work with, and the first Caucasian male. I decided to research the condition.
There’s an internet eyewear retailer whose advertising claims to dispel the “myths” of internet eyewear purchases. Here’s one. “Myth: Online glasses compromise on quality. While there are certain online retailers that sell less-than-quality products, there are plenty of low quality products at retailers that sell at brick and mortar locations. All you need to do is make sure you do your research.” Was that supposed to be reassuring?