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All About the Arts

They say art inspires, and that sure is the case for Etnia Barcelona’s new 2018 collection and campaign. As a preview to its “BeAnartist2” campaign launching in February, the company unveils its photographic mini-series “Anartist Series”—a capsule of three portraits inspired by famous works of classical art seen through the photographic eye of Biel Capllonch and vision of the Etnia Barcelona team.

Styles in the collection feature angular metal frames and oversized acetate frames with a round profile that offer a retro modern look. But when it comes to standing out, color may be the most important component of the collection. The sunglass collection offers new light-colored mineral lenses—from scarlet to vermilion, acid tones in shades of orange and soft yellow, running through warm greens and blues for a true retro-style vibe. Following the original global brand campaign, the Anartist Series is merely a teaser to the launch of the BeAnartist2 campaign.

–Alexandra Hough

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Coming Full Circle

What goes around comes around, right? For Lafont, spring and summer of 2018 is all about the classic round silhouette with a modern twist. Originally introduced to Lafont’s legacy in the ’80s, the shape is making a strong statement this season. However, unlike the originals, designer Thomas Lafont shifts the focus of these vintage styles to new metal materials and designs. Whether it’s the combination of mirror lenses and metal accents, a characteristically cool double bar or unexpected hues and colors, there’s nothing about these frames that aren’t noteworthy. With a little something for everyone, styles Brooklyn, Bridge, Book and Bouquin make a signature Lafont statement.

–Alexandra Hough

All styles are available at or by calling (800) 832-8233 or e-mailing

Going Green

There’s something to be said about a company that cares about the environment. For lifestyle brand Timberland, the outdoors and eco-friendly products are what it’s all about. This upcoming spring and summer, the brand is launching a collection in sync with its commitment to protect the planet and reduce its environmental footprint. Wearers can find styles marked with the word “Earthkeepers” on the inside right temple, symbolizing Timberland’s philosophy, values and beliefs with products using responsible materials. In the spring collection, the majority of the frames contain at least 35 percent bio-based plastic. From square shapes and rounded silhouettes to rubberized details, double bridges and special polarized lenses, Timberland’s spring styles offer something for everyone, providing the perfect balance between protection and style.

–Alexandra Hough

All styles are available at or by calling (800) 832-8233.

California Cool

Combine classic American design with California flare, and you end up with Trina Turk’s lifestyle brand. Since it was first founded in 1995 as a women’s contemporary clothing line, Trina and her husband, photographer Jonathan Skow, have grown the brand to feature 11 annual collections—including jewelry, handbags, footwear, swimwear, activewear, a menswear line, decor and textiles, and of course eyewear. There’s something to be said about a collection of frames from the McGee Group made with custom Japanese and Italian acetates, and European hinges featuring retro-style shapes and jewelry-inspired hand-enameled decor. Styles D’Orso, Sucia, Goldie and Adele are some of the collection highlights and are available in a variety of sizes and colors including black, lavender tortoise, emerald crystal, blush crystal and more.

–Alexandra Hough

All styles are available at or by calling (770) 422-0010.

Spatialism Movement

What’s the secret to acetate optical frame production? It all starts with one solid piece and subtracting little by little to create the true shape of the frame. This idea is given new meaning and brought to life by Thema - A Family Factory’s O-Six Spatialism collection. By using special engineering through unique machinery and technology, the inner frames are sculpted to reveal new shapes with unique geometrics and contours. The Spatialism collection was created as a tribute to Italian painter Lucio Fontana, pioneer of the spatialism movement—synthesizing color, sound, space, movement and time into art. “O-Six is a colorful alternative for people who think outside the box,” says O-Six brand manager Massimo Mancini. “Interesting characters seek details, details make perfection and perfection is what we do.”

–Alexandra Hough

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