The mettle of metal

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FYSH 3613

By Jody Johnson-Pettit

Metal frames and finishes, along with jewel-toned acetate styles are among the most sought-after looks in eyewear for this fall season.

WestGroupe says thin metal frames are becoming more and more popular, particularly amongst the Millennial crowd.

“Monoblock stainless steel and titanium continue to be a popular look as it is a nice middle ground between ultra-thin metals and the heavier look of acetate,” says Beverly Suliteanu, vice-president of product development at WestGroupe.

“Combination frames are also increasing in popularity as consumers transition from acetate to metal styling.”

With the love for metals rising, WestGroupe is putting a lot of emphasis on experimenting with new finishes, like liquid metallic finishes to create a modern and fresh look.
“Patterned fronts are also heavily featured this season,” she says.

That includes animalistic patterned acetate frames, like FYSH UK F-3615, or a laser-cut patterned metal.

Special and intricate detailing are also front and centre this season, including metal hardware, laser-patterned eye rims and stud accents.

Metallic shades will also be featured by WestGroupe this fall.
“In addition to the standard gold, silver, rose gold and bronze tones, metallic finishes are creating new looks for bolder hues such as purple, green, plum and blue,” says Suliteanu.
FYSH UK women’s models will feature jewel tones like ruby red, as seen in model F-3613, emerald green and deep blue. Those tones will nicely offset warm neutrals like dark grey, caramel, jet black and sand.

“Despite the colder months, pastel hues are continuing to grow in popularity with soft purples and blues joining the popular nude and blush tones,” Suliteanu says.
“For men, grey, black, navy and brown tones continue to dominate our Kliik and Evatik men’s collections, but vibrant hues such as red, yellow, orange and green will be featured accent tones.”

Optika has also declared that “metals are back!”
The Mizyake eyewear fall collection, distributed by Optika, features 10 new metal styles.
They include MZ6023, new take on the classic aviator shape.
“What is unique is we use a stainless steel structure for maximum durability and comfort, while framing the front of the frame in a lightweight acetate, to give it a new look,” says Optika’s Richard Allan.

MZ6021

Model MZ6021, meanwhile, also features stainless steel construction, while at the same using an “aluminium finish “ on the top to give an exciting colour blend.

Metal frames can also be seen in some of the hottest looks by Alternative/Plan “B” Eyewear, like Glacee styles GL6891 and GL6886.
“Patterns, blues and light pinks are going to be present in a lot of eyewear designs,” says Cassandra Slepian, marketing and sales support at Alternative/Plan “B”.
A throwback to a retro look and feel is also key for the fall.

GL6891

“Round styles are going to stay popular with a resurgence of the aviator shape – which is not limited to sunglasses but can be found in ophthalmic options as well,” says Slepian.
“You will also see some modified cateyes – taking the flattering part of cateyes without the over-the-top retro look.”

Safilo is seeing an upsurge in the trend of rich jewel-tone shades on frames, ranging from ruby and amethyst to emerald and sapphire as well as citrine.

The fall/winter eyewear collection from Moschino, produced and distributed by Safilo Group, offers style MOS 022/S, a thin and lightweight metal profile, with a colour palette of rose

MOS022S

gold with mirror pink lenses, gold with mirror gold lenses and ruthenium with grey lenses.
Style MOS 023/S is a feminine style with thin acetate combined with a metal double bridge. The clear lenses colour palette includes plum/gold, havana/gold and black/gold.
The metal and retro look is visible in the new fall/winter 2018/2019 Max Mara eyewear collection.

Inspired by refined 1970s influences, the MM 1354 optical frame is a very feminine ultra-light metal cat-eye shape with acetate end tips and is available in rose gold, light gold and pink.

Xavier Garcia recently released seven new metal frames.
They include Gilda, a feminine octagonal steel frame with translucent acetate temples that is a throwback to the 1970s with a youthful air, and Pau, a steel classic square masculine frame that boasts an elegant, retro feel.

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