Charmant Group Debuts the New Trussardi Collection
Quick Take: Charmant launches the Tru Trussardi Eyewear collection for men and women for the Spring/Summer 2011 season. The launch collection offers a range of signature shapes that express the brand’s Italian legacy and showcase unexpected uses of leather and tailoring treatments.
Wearer: Urban dandy men and urban wild women.
Specifics: At least eight sun styles for men and women and four optical styles comprise the initial launch offerings.
Selling Points: A fresh mix and match of materials, including hard and soft, matte and glossy and warm and cold to create a tactile experience. Men’s frames tend to be bigger in size and square with generous rims and metal detailing; while vintage styles get updated with leather accents. For women, frames tend to be oversized and glamorous with expressive shapes, custom acetate with exotic skin patterns and metal temple detailing inspired by leather goods from the brand’s collection.
Price Guide: $$$$
www.charmant-usa.com, (800) 645-2121
CooperVision Rolls Out Avaira Toric Contact Lenses
Quick Take: Newest addition to CooperVision's Avaira family of contact lenses
Wearer: Avaira Toric's silicone hydrogel lenses target astigmatic patients in the U.S.
Specifics: Avaira Toric lenses provide a naturally wettable lens that uses CooperVision's Aquaform Comfort Science that allows for maximum all-day comfort. This technology creates a naturally hydrophilic contact lens that retains water, minimizing dehydration, eliminating the need for wetting agents, coatings or additives. Avaira Toric is manufactured from enfilcon A material. Water content is 46 percent, Dk is 100, and Dk/t is 91. The lens features sphere powers from Plano to -6.00D; a base curve of 8.5mm; a diameter of 14.5mm; cylinders of -0.75, -1.25, and -1.75; and an axis from 10 degrees to 180 degrees in 10-degree steps. An expanded SKU range will be launching in the future.
Selling Points: The Avaira Toric lens is designed to provide consistent performance in a broad range of astigmatic patients regardless of a patient's prescription. Avaira Toric offers exceptional stability, vision and comfort from a unique lens design that combines a consistent horizontal thickness, an optimized ballast, naturally wettable material, a low modulus and high water content.
Price Guide: $$
Mykita Unveils Their Luxe Collection
Quick Take: Mykita has bowed their Luxe Collection. Luxe frames are high-quality stainless steel frames coated in white gold, platinum or, depending on the model, painted by hand. The temples and nose pads are made of natural horn supplied by Hoffman Natural.
Wearer: The Luxe models target consumers with a taste for more sophisticated eyewear products.
Specifics: The collection currently features six retro shapes, re-editions of popular classics dating back to the first half of the 20th century, and two contemporary shapes.
Selling Points: There are two panto styles, the small, round Sigmund and the squarer Nikolas, with a lacquer coating around the lenses, inspired by the acetate applications traditionally found on Windsor style eyeglasses. Samuel is a classic and modestly proportioned aviator frame for gentlemen; while for ladies the Cosima is an elegant version of a '50’s Nylor top-bar frame, both can be worn as spectacles or sunglasses. The collection also includes two basic contemporary shape, the Friedrich and Johannes, both are rectangular.
Price Guide: $$$$$
www.mykita.com, (973) 669-0063
Modo for Jason Wu Introduces the Miss Wu Collection
Quick Take: For Spring/Summer 2011 Modo for Jason Wu will introduce the Miss Wu Collection. All the styles will incorporate a whimsical new icon in the form of a tiny, wide-eyed owl named Miss Wu.
Specifics: Four new optical and five new sun styles.
Selling Points: All styles feature the new Jason Wu icon in subtle etchings on the temple and on the left temple tip. One of the designer’s favorite animals, the owl will provide a playful accent on his eyewear and also appears on the hardware of his Ready-to-Wear and accessories. Feminine notes and total harmony mixed with twists on retro-inspired details are the creative expressions of the new collection. The style names were inspired by iconic women of power and substance and after the success of the Mia sunglass last season it is being reintroduced in two new colors.
Price Guide: $$$$
Allison Expands Moschino Collection for Teen Girls
Quick Take: Starting in March 2011, Allison will be offering a new Moschino eyewear collection, Moschino Teen. Moschino Teen is dedicated to young girls from 9 to 12 years old.
Specifics: The five ophthalmic frames, produced both in acetate and metal, are characterized by a bow decorative detail which is done in enamel or as a three-dimensional element that embellishes the temples or front. All the sunglasses are made in laminated acetate with multiple levels of color. Front shapes are cat, bow and heart while the temples are decorated with the logo or the three-dimensional bow.
Selling Points: The collection incorporates Moschino’s recurring themes like hearts, cat shapes, bows and polka dots. Prevalent colors include pink, red, blue and navy.
Price Guide: $$$
www.allison.it, (877) 255-5757
Cinzia Designs Debuts the New Hollywood Collection
Quick Take: Cinzia Designs has introduced the New Hollywood collection for spring, inspired by the New Hollywood Movement that turned the film industry upside down in the 1960s, this collection is a modern interpretation of vintage sophistication.
Specifics: Seven new sunglasses.
Selling Points: All seven styles feature lenses with UV400 protection and handmade acetate frames. Classic tones of tortoise, grey, black and plum combine with shades of chartreuse, teal and red, while clean lines and bold shapes boast a vintage vibe.
Price Guide: $$
www.cinziadesigns.com, (800) 701-6765
Montana by Orvis from McGee
Created with the majestic Montana Mountains and picturesque rolling rivers in mind, the Montana collection from McGee features real wood and carbon fiber inlays with subtle Orvis branding for men 35 and older who love the outdoors.
Today, the 1940’s style is back, and LBI has introduced its revamped interpretation of the quintessential aviator with the model PZ-008. Constructed of Monel with signature polarized lenses, the PZ-008 is available in Black/Grey, Coffee/Brown, Gold/G-15.
Plume Paris by Best Image Optical
Plume Paris eyewear from Best Image Optical offers a variety of fashionable and stylish frames at a realistic price-point. The brand stands out in terms of design, while becoming the hallmark of latest fashion accessory to proclaim your style.