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What’s HOT in Eyewear Spring 2014?

By Eye Candy Steve

Greetings Eye Candy People,

We just returned from Vision Expo East in New York City this past weekend.  That’s THE trade show where high fashion eyewear shops come to see the “latest and greatest” from the world’s finest eyeglass companies.  Every company has a different vision which  makes each line unique.  There’s a style and color for everyone.

If we sum it up in one word we would go with AMAZING.  We saw oodles of cool glasses enough to make someone dizzy.  But we wanted to take this sensory overload and boil it down into some underlying trends.

Remember a current trend in NYC or Paris might take a year or two to reach the Mid-West. But according to our inside look, here are the Top 5 trends coming down the pike.

  • “Deeper and deeper” – Hey Cleveland it’s time to ditch those little square rectangles.  Regardless of shape (square, round, or anything else you can think of) glasses are getting bigger again. They say “bigger is better” and the same holds true for eyewear.  For those of you who remember those big specs from the 80’s, it’s Deja Vu all over again BUT a lot more fun.
  • “Mix it and Mash it” – In the grocery store they say “paper or plastic” and in optical we say “plastic or metal”. Time to throw that out of the window.  Many eyewear fashion houses are using more than one material in a frame. We saw lovely combinations of plastic, metal, glass and wood.  
  • “Rounding out your look“– Many optical shops nearly stopped carrying round frames except, perhaps ,the John Lennon throwback.  Time to rethink your shape.  Rounder glasses are really making a comeback.  Not everyone can wear a round shape but don’t be afraid to try some on. Not everyone should wear little square rectangle glasses but for a while nearly everyone did.  Embrace your inner circle.
  • “Cat CAN DO” – There may be nothing more iconic in eyewear than a sweet pair of Cat Eye glasses. The shape is “the little black dress” of eyewear.   Everyone from Hollywood starlets or librarians (some naughty, some nice) have been seen in this shape. Well the cat is BACK and it’s available in every size, color and material available.  The magic of the Cat Eye is in that little lift it brings to the a woman’s face. The same way a high heeled shoe makes your leg longer and leaner, the Cat Eye adds youthfulness and brings attention to you.  This shape suits almost everyone.
  • "Matte is not so dull after all" – Shinny does not always mean new.  Matte finishes on frames are really hot this year.  A matte finish on trendy frame gives it a luxury feel in an understated way. Everything from bright and brassy colors to classic black and tortoise are being featured in matte finish. In the office or in the club, matte is sleek, sophisticated and positively dreamy this year. 
  • Be on the lookout for all the latest and greatest on all things eyewear …

    Stay SWEET!!!

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Pantone Color of the Year 2014

By Eye Candy Casey

This is very interesting guys, no longer you should avoid those awesome purple frames that you always wanted...they are totally on trend this year!!!

Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.  It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Radiant Orchid for Beauty

A modern and surprisingly versatile shade, Radiant Orchid enlivens the skin, making all who wear it feel more healthy and energetic. Blending both cool and warm undertones, purple is an appealing hue for distinctive combinations and flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones.

This multifaceted hue is seductive when combined with red and pairs well with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink, which provides an assortment of lipstick and blush options. Radiant Orchid’s exuberance also acts as a brilliant finishing touch to nails.

https://www.pantone.com/pages/index.aspx?pg=21129

Be colorful!!! Eye Candy Casey

By Eye Candy Casey, 27.03.2014 | Posted in Color of the Year, Eyewear Trends, Radiant Orchid

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