This year, I learned that there is a frame out there for everyone. That was not the case in the ’80s, when I was a third-grader picking out my first pair of Barb-in-Stranger-Things glasses. In 2016 the options are endless — we can choose any shape, style, color or material we want. And soon we will have even more choices as technology — 3-D printing! — continues to develop. Here are a few of the many frames that made us look twice this year.

Spectacle Eyeworks

Striking stainless steel model OFRA is named after popular Israeli singer Ofra Haza, a rare crossover star who released 16 gold and platinum albums and found fans among Israeli and world audiences alike. These shapely stunners sing.

(888) 722-3322 | spec-eyeworks.com

$369


Blake Kuwahara

Recently awarded the coveted SILMO d’Or award, model kahn seamlessly incorporates an inner acetate frame in a round silhouette with an outer frame with an angular profile. It’s a proprietary process that takes more than two months to complete, but it is obviously worth the wait.

(949) 637-3087 | blakekuwahara.com

$599


Grace

Go for the gold in elegant model g7094. With a soft cat-eye shape that is flattering to any face, this style is Princess Grace luxe, without the Monaco price tag. 

(888) 399-7742 | alternativeeyes.com

$170


Coco Song

Do you in model you soon, which leads the charge for color (with a capital C) and eyewear as jewelry. Fabulous contrasting colors enhanced by a floral motif, an enamelled cross hinge and silk inserted between the layers of acetate, make these a conversation piece.

+ 39 0432 646411 | cocosong.it

$420


Kirk & Kirk

Handmade in France, model Huxley from the Vivarium line features a pin decoration handcast in England. The sterling silver dog (who definitely looks like a huxley) is shown here, but other animals — fly, horse, lion, ram — are also available.

(267) 773-7371 | kirkandkirk.com

$640


Aspire

Isn’t it (model) romantic? This feminine frame with a delicate profile provides colorful, captivating style with a “barely there” feel; it’s made of a proprietary material that is lightweight and durable. Hopefully your relationship is, too.

(800) 645-3733 | cvoptical.com

$239.95


Nomad

From a new brand that aims to capture the wanderlust of world travelers, model oxford, inspired by the Evnglish university, is a trendy acetate with a metal Oxford shield insert. An easy-to-wear frame for watching the football down the pub.

(800) 526-8838 | morel-france.com

$175


This article originally appeared in the November 2016 edition of INVISION.



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