Still life Photographed by NED MATURA
DID SOMEONE SAY GRAY?!
Yes. Stella says so, and without a doubt or precedent, women’s eyewear has a new coloration sensation.
STELLA McCARTNEY 40008I from Thelios
A daring take on the technique of tortoise variations keeps its cool with a balance of solid color blocking and a dramatic down sweep to the bridge.
O-SIX 527 from Thema – A Family Factory
If you are going to confidently bring back big logos to the designer world of eyewear, best do it with this most dramatic of black sunglass shapes.
LANVIN 605S from Marchon Eyewear
Everything (Rose) Gold is New Again
Stay tuned as semi-rimless quietly assumes its former glory via subtle and jewel-like face jewelry.
FYSH 3662 from WestGroupe
Caution: Dare to be Deluxe
In a brash blend that takes gray as a background realm for mottled brown tones, the masters of overt luxury deliver their unique brand of lavish love.
BADGLEY MISCHKA Lana from The McGee Group
State of the Art
… And for this new phase, State takes on the task of titanium with a soft sense of grace, lightness and a just-right balance of modern meeting minimal.
STATE X JAPAN Hirosaki from State Optical
The venerated legacy of signature fabric colorations finds new insight in sight with the debut of Missoni eyewear from Safilo.
MISSONI 0028 from Safilo
It’s All Oval Now
Deeply burnished beige-gone-bold via an ovoid shape shift makes for a couture-like stance of luxury.
FOCUS from Mykita
HYBRIDE from Lafont
From top: FER CUTE from OGI Eyewear; ARYA from Teka Eyewear; PARADIGM 20-21 from Kenmark Eyewear; SPX 1601 from Silhouette
JACQUES DURAND La Bastide from Gramercy Eyewear
From top: KIAWE from Maui Jim; SURRY HILLS from Etnia Barcelona
Vacation in Havana
There’s likely no tone more friendly to any face than tortoise, and this Burberry makes that coloration at once classic, classy and sassy.
BURBERRY 4318 from Luxottica
With its ’tis-the-season twist of green in the bridge, this brightly rounded eye style clearly enforces the l.a.Eyeworks knack for uniquely leading the way.
PISMO from l.a.Eyeworks
From top: MODO 6542 from Modo; DRAPER JAMES 7028 from Altair Eyewear; RACHEL RACHEL ROY Zest from A&A Optical
From left: MOREL 1880 60098M from Morel; MINI 747013 from Tura; VIA SPIGA Chiara from Zyloware
From left: NICOLE MILLER Ditmars from L’Amy America; BCBGMAXAZRIA Emlyn from ClearVision Optical
Try not to confuse ongoing and enriching STYLE with spur-of-the-moment FASHION foibles. STYLE is substance and endurance in the face of disposable whimsy. And QUALITY is pinnacle to the monument of STYLE. When it comes to eyewear, women get the STYLE quota to the max.
Just a few short years ago, men’s eyewear took on a bold sense of focused simplicity that opened a sharing of eyewear gender parameters. Women started wearing men’s frames. Eyewear designers picked up on this consumer driven trend. And then slowly but surely, designs were tweaked with elements distinct to women.
Bold squares softened with feline nods to CatEye sweeps. Tortoise literally bolted to new and eye-opening variations and striations in a virtual rainbow adventure. Sculpture played with shapes, both big and small.
Metals moved into a new world of dynamics via colorations, miracle metals and the ever-expanding and futuristic properties of titanium. The frivolous shuffling of nostalgia gave way to true studies of the rich heritage of women’s eyewear.
So, it’s more than fitting that the current challenge to reaffirm eyewear as a stylish mainstay is being fueled by the world of women’s eyewear. What she sees is what you need to see, as well as you look toward your future on the cutting and culling edge of delivering what we continue to consider as the Ultimate (and life-transforming) Accessory.
On the following pages, witness a solid statement of eyewear as women see it now and in their considerably bright and bold future.
–James J. Spina