Frame Focus: Past Perfect

Designers dig deep for retro and
vintage details to pair with modern materials

With rich history to inform the present, eyewear designers continually glance backward for creative inspiration ... all while using new materials and today’s technical know-how to create fresh, inspiring looks for your customers. Vintage details and flavors of the past remain completely current in 2015, from pure shapes like the cat’s-eye for drama, handmade acetate with nods to the 1950s and 1960s, and exceptional design twists — all updated for old-is-newfound eyewear style in a wide range of price points.
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This article originally appeared in the January 2015 edition of INVISION.

So To Speak From Lunettes Kollektion


This two-in-one style So To Speak is a wonderfully refined blend of the classic panto and aviator styles. There’s a hint of the ’70s and ’80s, but the colors — leo, olive amber and tortoise — clearly update the style.

+49 30 247 81610 |

from $355

Cosmo Duo 15 from Benner


Eye-catching Cosmo Duo 15 is a German made beauty, with its cat’s-eye shape updated by a gentle upper line. Shiny gold flexible stainless steel offers a brilliantly cool contrast to cellulose acetate in matte black.

(888) 722-3322 |


Stars from Face à Face


For leading ladies, Stars from Face à Face has cat’s-eye sophistication and Parisian charm. Perfectly balanced proportions and delicate color combos make this a true statement design — and in a limited edition of just 300 pieces.

(888) 388-3223 |


Hugo from Dolabany Eyewear


For easy day wear, marbled Italian zyl creates a distinguished look in the Dolabany Eyewear collection. The Hugo frame is characterized by vibrant coloration such as this “green demi” dual-tone front.

(800) 688-7661 |


Rohe from Blake Kuwahara


A perfect example of modern design reflecting on past achievements, model Rohe has a slightly elongated shape reminiscent of the ’60s, but with a “frame within a frame” effect inside the acetate structure.

(949) 637-3087 |


Kenny from Dragon Alliance


Get a sporty vintage vibe via California label Dragon Alliance’s Rx Collection. Model Kenny’s rich custom color palette includes Black Slate, for a variation on classic black, with just a hint of LP vinyl. Smart and current.

(800) 645-1300 |


Glacée 6731 from Plan B


A vintage look with a twist, the semi-rimless Glacée 6731 (seen here in brown pearl with mill sheet) mixes classic colors with retro geometric, snake and stone-like patterns along the brows and temples.

(888) 399-7742 |


JA4040 optical frames from Joseph Abboud


Handsome herringbone inside the temples teams with sleek stainless steel in model JA4040. Modified rectangular shape with a retro design in blackjack, olive and tortoise acetate; the coordinating pattern is a signature of the designer’s suit collection..

(800) 505-5557 |