This article originally appeared in the Nov-Dec 2014 edition of INVISION.
Streamlined looks, clever combos set
a stylish course for the seasons ahead
Eye-catching materials, a love of luxury and a gentle shift toward thinner, streamlined shaping: This year saw a multitude of ways your customers can use their eyewear to project style and confidence. Lightweight frames are on center stage, with finely honed super-thin materials and premium metals. Acetates get renewed energy with detailed finishes and exotic color pairings and patterns. (Colored tortoise and marble effects are trending for next year.) And then there’s the rise in combo delights, featuring cleverly calculated dual designs that bring a snappy stylishness to everyday looks. — C L O D A G H N O R T O N
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With fashion-forward marbling and a flattering shape that gives a subtle lift to the eyes, Noemi in red wine marble is a new combo classic from from a brand that emphasizes fit, construction and fabrication. Also available in tortoise multi and black marble.
(800) 645-3733 | cvoptical.com
The perfect mix of a metal front and combination temples defines model 1276 from the Essential Collection, which offers a choice of tone-on-tone designs or striking contrasts with sanded satin temple finishing.
(800) 654-6099 | prodesigndenmark.com
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Fit matters, so Smith offers multiple sizes in several distinctive fall 2014 models. Abram fuses sculpted metal temples and handcrafted acetate fronts into a fashionable, masculine look.
(888) 206-2995 | smithoptics.com
A legendary look returns via model PO 3105VM, an optical adaptation of the original “Cellor” 1950s sunglasses design, with the famous Meflecto stem system and Mini Supreme Arrow adornment on the temples.
(800) 422-2020 | luxottica.com
Famously in love with animal prints, designer Roberto Cavalli brings this fashionable detailing to new styles. Refined shapes and original colors define model JC0601 in a 1950s cat’s-eye silhouette that remains alluring.
(888) MARCOLIN | us.marcolin.com
The creative Belgian label embraces precious metals and sports a new luxe look for modern jet-setters with this special edition of Mille 23, made of gold-plated palladium. A hallmark in the temple certifies the use of 24K gold.
(718) 858-8542 | theo.be
ANNE & VALENTIN
Technical wizardry meets creative graphic design in Wilson from Anne & Valentin’s new High Line collection. Overlapping steel and titanium produce a decorative metal/color contrast, and the eyebrow effect is a pretty twist for the female face.
(718) 858-8542 | anneetvalentin.com
Style points align in Orion, a technologically advanced frame with traditional details including a metal hinge and keyhole bridge. A double laminated TR90 front gives added depth to this super-lightweight look.
(888) 560-1060 | innoteceyewear.com