METAL BRIDGES CROSS THE FASHION LINE

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Sunglass style MP-2 from Oliver Peoples features acetate-covered metal with handsome filigree engraving on the metal bridge.
The appealing Princeton sunglass from Revolution’s Robert Graham line offers high-quality artisanship and creative flair.
Sunwear style Paulette within McGee’s Badgley Mischka collection incorporates a curvy metal brow bar.
SPY’s Micah possesses a rich look with a unique rounded metal top bar over the handcrafted acetate front.

Bridges are an important part of a frame and some eyewear manufacturers use metal for an elegant touch.

A blast from the past that has slowly reemerged in eyewear and sunwear is plastic frames with metal bridges. I’m not talking about metal hidden from the onlooker’s view; what I’m seeing lately is metal bridges that connect the right and left plastic eye rims…literally.

CLASSIC CONNECTION
The vintage explosion incorporates the metal bridge trend in selected styles for women and men and the look can contrast or blend, depending on the color selections.

Oliver Peoples, a well-known brand noted for unique looks and designs offers the iconic sun style MP-2. Vintage inspired and timeless in motif, this frame features acetate-covered metal with handsome filigree engraving on the metal bridge. The tortoise and antique gold color combination creates a contrasting look. This classic style is one of the most celebrated sunglasses because it defines Oliver Peoples’ heritage and brand philosophy.

Kenmark Optical’s Original Penguin Collection offers the Poindexter style. This P3 lens shape is made of smooth acetate with an understated metal bridge in black. The decorative endpieces and temples add to this good-looking ageless design.

MATCHING UP
The metal bridge may also complement the endpiece on the frame front. Matching the bridge color, texture, and/or pattern with the endpiece gives the eyewear and sunwear a more enhanced look.

A perfect example is the Princeton model by Revolution Eyewear within the Robert Graham collection. It features the popular tortoise color and handsomely crafted endpieces and a metal bridge. The raised filigree patterns dress up the eyewear and the temples made of mahogany add to the final look. This appealing style offers high-quality artisanship and creative flair.

The Karl Lagerfeld brand is designed for fashion-conscious individuals and the eyewear collection from Marchon Eyewear is no exception. Women’s Style No. KL812S is made of smooth acetate material and is available in fun and classic colors like red marble, tortoise, and my favorite, black. Metal bridges and temples spark up this style.

CREATIVELY CONTINUOUS
Some styles that use continuous metal bridges make it an extension to the frame front. Sunwear style Paulette by The McGee Group within the Badgley Mischka collection incorporates a curvy metal brow bar. This metal accent bar extends to the eyerim in an arched fashion. The combination of the angular oval shape and translucent coloring results in a lighter style with movement all its own.

Check out SPY’s Micah, which possesses a rich look with a unique rounded metal top bar over the handcrafted acetate front. Arched lines above the plastic eyewires leading to the center of the frame (aka the bridge) offer the wearer function along with fashion appeal.

The metal bridge trend crosses over into the vintage and high-fashion looks and such combinations create subtle sophistication for both women and men.

Jackie O’Keefe is a writer, speaker, course preparer, and consultant in the Tidewater area of Virginia.

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Kenmark Optical
800-627-2898 • kenmarkoptical.com

Marchon Eyewear
800-645-1300 • marchon.com

The McGee Group
800-966-2020 • mcgeegroup.com

Oliver Peoples
888-568-1655 • oliverpeoples.com

Revolution Eyewear
800-986-0010 • revolutioneyewear.com

SPY
800-779-3937 • spyoptic.com

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