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“RETRO-INSPIRED SHAPES AND DETAILS ARE STILL ON THE RISE AS WELL AS THIN PROFILE METALS.” FYSH UK F-3623 features laminated layers of crystal acetate with a stylized rose gold brow bar. For men, Evatik E-9177 offers a monochromatic layering with a minimalistic design. The surge in coloured crystal acetates has been noted by Optika. Simple and classic is what Spectacle Eyeworks is noticing in men’s and women’s eyewear. The Blaine & Taylor eyewear collection features new designs with a variety of different types of crystal acetates. “Stainless steel frames and smaller shapes are what’s hot and we will start seeing more and more,” says Mehran Baghaie, Spectacle’s operations director. The stainless steel Shandeh frame incorporates an added v-shape, double- break accent on top of the frame to exaggerate the cat-eye motif. Spectacle’s Retro line features cool, confident designs with old-school style, while its Wood collection offers two new styles, including an iconic aviator design. WestGroupe is noticing several hot design trends for 2019. “Stripes are huge for both men and women,” says Beverly Suliteanu, vice- president of product development. For women, the FYSH UK model F-3614 features a laser-cut groove along the front that gives the impression of a thin pinstripe pattern. For men, Evatik model E-9174 has thick, coloured stripes that add a playful mix of colour. Geometric shapes and patterns are also popular. BT2528 “The colours that truly stand out for women, are aqua blues and vivid fuchsias,” says Richard Allan, vice- president of sales. Optika is noticing the strong return of metal frames for men. NC1388 FYSH model F-3621 features an uneven shattered pattern enhanced in a gold tone. For men, Evatik E-9179 offers a mix of geometric patterns. “Retro-inspired shapes and details are still on the rise as well as thin profile metals,” says Suliteanu. “Bright colours along with translucent acetates and classic metallic colours” are very popular. For women, a new take on the trend of crystal acetates is soft nude shades layered with metallic accents. “This season, we are featuring six new styles for our Soho Tech eye- wear collection,” says Allan. Model ST9010 features a single bar on the top, for a new look. Model NC1338 Navy from the Nat& Coco Homme collection is a new take on the double bridge for men. The increased demand for metal designs is also noticeable with Serengeti. “Metal sporty designs in navigator shapes are still sought after by men, but they want a little more than just the classic metal navigator,” says Rene Gerber, marketing manager. OPTICAL PRISM | January 2019 17