CRAZY CAT EYES

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Definitely a ‘look-at-me’ frame, Oliver Peoples’ Alisha has slightly oversized lenses and pays less attention to the temples.

As popular as ever, the cat eye reaches new heights with on-trend designs.

Reminiscent of the ‘50s, the upsweeping cat-eye shape is an enchanting style that was worn by such female notables as Marilyn Monroe and Lucille Ball, and women we admired, like our moms. The latest trend takes that look but adds new millennium styling.

DECORATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS
Today’s feline fashion eye- and sunwear is designed specifically to turn heads of those who pass by. The look is intentional and you’ll confidently be able to tell your patients, “Boys do make passes at girls who wear glasses.” By adding gems, rhinestones, and raised patterns, cat eyes can be transformed to suit the personality of the wearer.

Sun Style No. DQ0096 in the Dsquared2 fall/winter 2013 collection by Marcolin depicts this perfectly. The curvy silhouette, along with a floral patterned motif that resembles a brooch, is so charming. The elegant rhinestone detail, placed strategically on the upper temporal corners of the frame front, pops just enough and accentuates the cat-eye shape.

Viva’s Harley-Davidson Style No. HD 511 features raised riveted metal detailing inspired by motorcycle-studded hood accents at the upper temporal.

Check out Harley-Davidson® Eyewear Style No. HD 511 by Viva International Group for a cool look. This hip frame features raised riveted metal detailing inspired by motorcycle-studded hood accents at the upper temporal location. The decorated three-dimensional designs carry over onto the metal temples. It comes in dual color combinations that add dimension to make it even more contemporary.

Color can take an eyewear shape and add pizzazz to it, as seen in WestGroupe’s FYSH UK Style No. F3492.

KITTY COLOR
Color can take an eyewear shape and add pizzazz to it, allowing the frame to be more exciting. Like today’s clothing and accessories that feature groovy patterns with lots of hues, color and vibrant configurations transform the popular cat eye.

Style No. F3492 in WestGroupe’s FYSH UK collection is fun and comfortable to wear. The lively colors are created with translucent acetate material along with speckled patterns and the cool colors depict playful styling.

POLISHED PERFECTION

Lighting can also play a role for sunwear. When the sun shines down on certain frame materials, the reflectance effect may be subtle and soft or dazzling and intense. The more matte finished, the softer the look. Conversely, the shinier the finish, the more vivid the look.

Sabina in Kenmark Group’s Vera Wang collection is a perfect example. Made of Italian acetate that is finely polished for a smoother and more refined effect, Sabina shines like no other.

By adding gems, rhinestones, and raised patterns, cat eyes can be transformed to suit the personality of the wearer as seen in Dsquared2 Style No. DQ0096 from Marcolin.

SHAPELY SHAPES
With curvy and voluptuous designs, bold cat-eye styles can pop—there is no doubt to the onlooker as to the intended shape. Oliver Peoples’ glamorous Alisha sunwear is a “look-at-me” frame. The combination of the slightly oversized lenses with its cat-eye shape and less attention to the temples makes this retro modern style a desirable choice for many.

Cat eyes just might be the perfect choice for your female patients who seek a feminine retro look.

Jackie O’Keefe is a licensed optician and a writer, lecturer, and course preparer in the Virginia Beach, VA, area.

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Kenmark Group
800-627-2898 • kenmarkoptical.com

Marcolin
888-MARCOLIN • marcolinusa.com

Oliver Peoples
888-568-1655 • oliverpeoples.com

Viva International Group
800-345-VIVA • vivagroup.com

WestGroupe
855-455-0042 • fyshuk.com

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