Latest from Carrera, Hilfiger, and McQueen + NEW Brand: Carlos Santana

At FramesDirect.com we’re constantly updating our site with the latest eyewear styles to keep the selection fresh and exciting. And it’s not all about Ray-Ban and Oakley. Check out a few new frames from some slightly more under-the-radar designers. Carrera has a cult following and McQueen is known for goth inspired luxury. And if you’re not curious about the most recent Tommy Hilfiger sunglasses, maybe you would like the newest brand on our site, Carlos Santata. Oye como va!

Carrera sunglasses

These teardrop shaped Carrera shades are aviator-inspired, but with a twist. Known for their super sporty 70s influenced designs, Carrera brings us promptly up to 2017 with this fashion-forward look. Gold detailing keeps things classy and adjustable nose pads will guarantee an no-slip fit. Try them in tortoise for a softer look.

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Alexander McQueen eyeglasses are known for being on the cutting edge of trends. With this pair, you get not only a bold and modern look, but well thought-out construction that will ensure the frames sit comfortably. With an eye size of 50 these are perfect for smaller faces and people with strong prescriptions

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Round lenses are everywhere these days, and so are throwback double bridges. This pair of Tommy Hilfiger sunglasses brings two trends together with major impact. Reflective lenses will keep your identity under wraps. All anyone will know is how cool that mystery man (or woman) is behind the shades. Check out the lovely rose gold version as well.

Carlos Santana eyeglasses

This pair of creamy, turquoise frames are sure to garner many compliments. From the new brand on the block, Carlos Santana, who brings the same style savvy he’s known for with his shoe line to eyewear. The square shape is modern yet flattering and the silver detailing at the temple will bring some light to your face.

Smith sunglasses

And finally, Smith Optics carries out their tradition of crafting durable, stylish eyewear for active lifestyles with this amazing pair of shield sunglasses – in sparkling gold. Yes these are great for the slopes, but we think you could make these work as a fashion statement on the pavement as well.

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Golden Globes 2017 Eyewear Edition: Glasses of the Stars

The stars came out in droves for the 2017 Golden Globes awards ceremony last night. All eyes were on the red carpet, checking which celebrities brought their A-game. While La La Land was the clear winner, the film Moonlight and the television show Atlanta were on everyone’s lips as they collected the accolades. The audience was also filled with excitement when Brad Pitt took the stage to present.

But the big moment of the night went to Meryl Streep, the recipient of this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award. Streep is regarded as one of the finest actresses in the film industry. She used her platform of recognition last night to address political concerns and issue a call-to-action for artists and journalists. Always the epitome of class, Streep looked regal in a black gown with bejeweled applique and, of course, a pair of glasses.

Lulu Guinness L750 Eyeglasses

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If you’re in the market for a coppery, semi-rimless, cat-eye frame like Meryl’s we’ve come up with a few options that fit the bill. The Lulu Guinness L750 eyeglasses are comparable. And this Vera Wang pair (Caitlin) are also similar. But you can take this look to the next level, with Lafont Indigo frames, a true style statement.

Billy Bob Thorton accepted the trophy for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Drama) for his performance in the Amazon Original Series Goliath wearing sunglasses that look a lot like the Ray-Ban Clubround.

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And Steve Carell, along with Kristen Wiig, introduced the films nominated for best animated feature film. While handing out the award to Zootopia, Carell wore some interesting two-tone acetate frames that gave his look a retro twist. You too can be quirky-cool like Steve in these Shuron Sidewinder eyeglasses. Choose the “Black Fade” option or the popular “Crystal” clear version to take part in this throwback trend.

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Brave the Elements in Rugged Sunglasses for Winter

Winter is here and she can be a cruel mistress. Frost bitten fingers, icicle earlobes – but we know that won’t stop you from exploring the outdoors. This list of winter-ready sunglasses is for all you adventurers out there – who ski, hike, and frolic regardless of the temp.

  1. Maui Jim Lighthouse 423 Sunglasses

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Many outdoor enthusiasts are already fans of the incredible clarity that Maui Jim sunglasses provide. This pair is perfect for protecting your eyes no matter what the season, but if you decide to take them out on the slopes you will truly appreciate the non-slip rubber nose pads. This unisex frame is so lightweight you’ll forget you’re wearing it, and the modified rectangle shape will hug your head and complement your facial features.

2. Wiley X WX Valor Sunglasses

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Next up are the Wiley X Valor sunglasses. Wiley X were originally designed for military use, so you know they will withstand the elements, even when the temps drop. Ballistics-quality shatterproof lenses mean you can count on these sunglasses to protect your eyes no matter how extreme your hobbies are. The wrapped sporty shape will keep your face warm while making you look cool.

3. Oakley Flak 2.0 XL Sunglasses

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If you appreciate high definition optics and rugged design, these Oakley Flak 2.0 XL sunglasses may be right up your alley. The enhanced coverage from the lenses will ensure no sun, wind, or snow is coming near your eyes. One of the best attributes of this pair comes from Oakley’s patented material, Unobtanium®, on the ear stems and nosepads. This grippy material will keep your sunglasses on your face and actually increases grip when you sweat.

Ray-Ban RB2027 Predator 2 Wrap Sunglasses

Ray-Ban RB2027 - Predator 2 Wrap Sunglasses

These Ray-Ban Predator 2 sunglasses are a little bit unexpected. Normally Ray-Ban is known more for fashion-driven styles and less for full protection from the elements. But, if you like that edge-y look but still need performance from your sunglasses, this pair might be the perfect compromise. They’ll look as good with your snowboarding gear as they do with a suit.

Costa Reefton Sunglasses

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Do you suffer from “big-head”?  It’s OK, its not just you! Named for a place of extraordinary natural beauty in New Zealand, these Reefton sunglasses from Costa are our pick for larger heads. You cannot beat the durability of Costa frames, and the polarized lenses will render the world in gorgeous crisp colors.

 

Prada, Michael Kors, Persol, and Tory Burch Caught on Film

Here at FramesDirect.com we sell the highest quality designer glasses from the most fashionably aspirational brands.  Four of our favorite brands got the Hollywood treatment when we created some imaginative video vignettes. These original narratives speak to the unique brand stories of Tory Burch, Persol, Michael Kors, and Prada eyeglasses and sunglasses.

First up, a ton of Tory Burch sunglasses go on vacation to the Hamptons. We find our Tory Burch fanatic trying to pack her suitcase for the weekend (wearing a gorgeous Tory Burch shift dress), but there’s not quite enough room for every style that she wants to squeeze in. Do you think she will sacrifice her books and bottle of wine for a wardrobe of sunnies? Watch the video to find out!

If you’re not already familiar with the Persol brand of eyewear, this is a beautiful introduction. These hand crafted, Italian frames are perfect for the man who is passionate, creative, and discerning – just like the artist in the video. Watch as he gets inspired to create a colorful mural while wearing 3 different sophisticated spectacles.

Michael Kors is a beloved American sportswear brand whose designer has also become a famous personality due to guest appearances on Project Runway. Much like the contestants on that show, in our video a fashion designer is experiencing a creative block. That is, until some Michael Kors sunglasses become the pièce de résistance of her design.

Finally, we have Prada – the final word in chic eyewear. A brainy yet fashion-forward pair of scientists are working in the lab when the equations on the wipe board create a surprising pattern. Can a love of fashion lead to chemistry? Anything is possible.

We had a great time on set creating these videos. Thanks to the team at Sparksight, here in Austin, TX, who turn fashion dreams into reality.

 

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Eight Styles of Eyewear You Need to Make It Through the Holidays

by Sarah Hall Weaver

Oh yes, the holidays are officially upon us. It’s the time of year to up your style game and grab the season by the horns. Your schedule is about to explode with holiday parties, family dinners, family photos, frantic trips to and from the stores, and a few inevitable and completely unexpected last minute commitments. Since you’re already in gift giving mode, why not indulge in something special, just for you? We’ve gathered the Top 8 eyeglasses and sunglasses styles you’ll need to make it through the holidays without a hiccup.

1. Harness your inner St. Nick (OK, maybe your sexier, trendier St. Nick) with these Miu Miu MU 52QS sunglasses. With a pop of Santa red, these full rim frames will make a bold statement that totally suits the season.
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2. The Oakley Moonlighter sunglasses feature a fun, seasonal color scheme to top off your ugly Christmas sweater party ensemble with a punch of cool jade green. Oh, and come time for your dead-of-winter tropical getaway, these will be your best friends on the beach.

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3. For a high fashion look to rival the glitter and gleam of your Pinterest-worthy holiday decor, try the Versace VE1233Q eyeglasses. Contrasting silver and gold beautifully highlight the signature Versace Medusa head and Greek key motifs along the temples of these sleek cat-eye frames. This might be just the accessory  you need to knock that office holiday party look right out of the park.

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4. Celebrate the Festival of Lights with these ultra cool shades from Ray-Ban. The RB4246 Clubround sunglasses are a new twist on the classic Clubmaster. The blue patterned frames and silver lenses are spot-on for hip, Hanukkah style.

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5. Whether you’re about to be dragged to a portrait studio or just selfie-stick’ed into oblivion, you can count on ending up in a number of family photos this season. Ray-Ban’s New Wayfarer eyeglasses are the perfect unisex frames to achieve a timeless, classic look that won’t leave you cringing ten years from now. Say cheese!

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6. Ready to jet-set your way to the ultimate ski holiday? The Carrera Speedway/S sunglasses feature a vintage-inspired design you’ll go wild over. And for a subtle nod to the season, check out the sweet striping details along the brow that are strangely reminiscent of everyone’s favorite Christmas candy.

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7. New Year’s Eve is the best excuse to bust out some bling, and what more fitting style to wear as you pop bubbly than the Caviar 5611 Champagne eyeglasses? Embellished with a selection of dazzling crystals, the frames feature a luxurious ombre hue and distinctive, sophisticated lines. Now if you could just remember the words to “Auld Lang Syne”…

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8. When all is said and done, the holidays can really kick your butt —so much so you might end up with a full-blown holiday hangover. These Persol PO9649S sunglasses are dark and oversized; the perfect shades to hide behind. You can recoup from weeks of cooking, cleaning, house guests, shopping and, uh…celebratory libations, in high style.

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Essilor See Change

The latest updates from Essilor See Change, FramesDirect.com’s parent company’s initiative to bring good vision to everyone, everywhere.

  • World Sight Day, held each year on the 2nd Thursday of October, is a key moment to raise awareness on the importance of good vision. Essilor doubled their impact this year, reaching twice as many people as in 2015 with free vision screenings and eyeglasses  Learn more.
  • More than 400 Dallas ISD and Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD students from low-income schools were given free eye exams and eye glasses by Essilor. Learn more.
  • To celebrate a new partnership between Essilor Vision Foundation Singapore and Optometry Giving Sight Singapore both organisations pooled over 100 volunteers to help close to 1,500 people in need with corrective and protective vision care. Learn more.
  • The Vision Impact Institute sponsored IAPB’s (International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness) 10th General Assembly. The event is the premier global discussion of public health issues related to blindness and visual impairment with 1,200 participants from around the world.  Learn more.
  • China is the birthplace of the Vision Ambassador inclusive business model, created by 2.5 New Vision Generation two years ago. By the end of this year, 1,000 Vision Ambassadors will be bringing primary vision care to remote communities in China. Learn more.

Top 10 Oakley Polarized Sunglasses

 You step outside in your brand new sunglasses. You got them for free with a bunch of other promotional giveaways at your last half marathon. Oh yeah, these look good, you think to yourself.

Making your way to the sidewalk, you press play on the first song in your running mix. Picking up speed, you notice an intense glare reflecting off the pavement, your eyes tearing up slightly due to the burn. Wanting to escape the glare and hoping for a more scenic route, you venture to the park near your house. However, your dark lenses do nothing to enhance the scenery and dull the view instead. You return home defeated, wondering if there is a better way.

Oakley Polarized Lenses

Oakley Polarized Lenses

Oakley has a solution: HDPolarized lenses.

You may have heard the word “polarized” tossed around before, but you’re not really sure what it means. Without getting too much into the science, polarized light is light that bounces off surfaces, reflecting light and creating glare. Polarized lenses filter out polarized light.

In addition to pavement, water and snow also cause glare when the sun reflects off them. Not only is glare annoying, the UV light from the glare can harm your eyes. Oakley polarized lenses block 99% of glare.

Oakley polarized lenses are some of the clearest lenses on the market. While other brands use glue to attach polarized filters, Oakley uses infusion molding to make their lenses. As a result, their one-layer lenses prevent distortion, blur and shifting of objects when you look through them.

You can choose from a wide range of lens options based on the outdoor condition. For example, if you are going to be out on the water, Bronze Polarized or Deep Blue Polarized lenses are really good at filtering out the glare from the water. If you go for a run, OO Red Iridium Polarized or Black Iridium Polarized lenses can block the glare reflected off asphalt.

Not only is Oakley at the top of its game when it comes to polarized sunglasses, they have so many different styles, whether you are looking for a sporty pair of sunglasses for extreme performance, an active pair with some performance features or a lifestyle pair for daily use. Check out our list of top 10 Oakley polarized sunglasses!

1) Flak 2.0 XL Sunglasses  are some of the most popular Oakley frames out there, Oakley redefines sport sunglasses using the newest technology from their labs. Also see the Oakley Flak 2.0 XL Prescription Sunglasses and withFlak 2.0 XL Replacement Lenses.oakley flak 2.0 XL sunglasses

2) Holbrook Sunglasses are inspired by vintage frames, making them some of the most fashionable sunglasses in the Oakley collection. Also see the Holbrook Prescription Sunglasses.

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3)  Twoface Sunglasses feature flexible temples that allow for a precise and comfortable fit. This frame is perfect for men who aren’t extreme sport players but still have an active lifestyle. Also see the Twoface Prescription Sunglasses.

oakley twoface sunglasses 4) Fives Squared Sunglasses are stylish, square-shaped frames that offer the durability and comfort you would expect from Oakley, perfect for on-the-go types.oakley fives squared sunglasses

 5)  Gascan Sunglasseslike most of Oakley’s sporty frames, are made of O-Matter, Oakley’s innovative lightweight and durable material. Also see the Oakley Gascan Replacement Lenses

oakley gascan  6) Turbine Sunglasses use Unobtainium, an Oakley material that increases grip with sweat, on the temple tips and nose pads, as do most of Oakley’s sport frames. See also the Turbine Prescription Sunglasses

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7)  Feedback Sunglasses are a cool pair of women’s aviator sunglasses that provide sun protection and style for the casual look. Or try Oakley Feedback Prescription Sunglasses oakley feedback sunglasses

8)  Oakley Radar EV Path is a semi-rimless frame featuring signature Oakley sculptural, high-tech design. Oakley is known for their precision craftsmanship and innovation. Also see Radar EV path Replacement Lens and Radar EV Path Prescription sunglasses

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9)  Half Jacket 2.0 XL are a sleek men’s pair that gives athletes sunglasses to wear during their workout (or on a more laid back day.) Also see the  Oakley Half Jacket 2.0 XL Prescription Sunglasses and  Half Jacket 2.0 XL Replacement Lenses

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10) Batwolf Sunglasses feature a shield lens that’s good for all types of sports, also see the Batwolf Sunglasses Replacement Lenses .

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Jewelry for Your Eyes: Top 10 Eyeglasses and Sunglasses

For the ultimate luxury fashion experience, add a little bling to your eyes. Don’t worry I’m not talking about piercing your eyebrow or gluing gems to your eyelids. I mean wearing eyeglasses or sunglasses with shining, glittering, radiant details. Details that make glasses like jewelry.

Eyewear designers get inspiration for embellishments from fine jewelry. Think of all the elements that make bracelets and broaches pop and sparkle. The look of diamonds, stones, studs, and gems. Wearing jewel encrusted eyeglasses will make you feel like something special. Even when you aren’t wearing them for vision, you’ll will want to wear them on your head like a headband! Don’t be surprised if you start seeing this type of eyewear in jewelry stores soon.

Most of the jewels found on glasses sold at FramesDirect.com are Swarovski crystals, which are also used in glass sculptures and chandeliers.

Check out our list of top 10 of eyeglasses and sunglasses that will bring more attention and sparkles to your eyes and face!

(1.) Caviar 5601 Champagne eyeglasses: This stunning pair of frames is perfect for any unapologetic lovers of glam. The interesting geometric shape, the large Swarovski crystal embellishments and the ornate gold accents will light up your face, any outfit, and get lots of attention.

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(2.) Gucci GG2820/F/S sunglasses: Note the crystal covered double G logo at the temples! A more subtle bling to this pair, but the over sized wrapped gradient lenses will add some drama.

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(3.) Tura R122C eyeglasses: These, delicate rimless frames are so ornate but not over the top. Sweet metal fretwork with crystals dotted like flowers on the vine. These will let your beauty shine through with just a hint of sparkle.tura-122c

(4.) Cazal 9057 sunglasses: These are some serious statement pieces. With the side shield and unapologetic gems on the temples, Cazal’s do more than protect your eyes – they heighten your reality.cazal 9057 sunglasses

 

(5.) Judith Leiber Hammered Starlet JL 1708 eyeglasses: You don’t see a lot of colored stones on eyewear, and that detail makes these eyeglasses all the more unique. Available in different finishes, but the emerald stones on this bronze pair are especially striking. judith leiber eyeglasses

(6.) Lulu Guinness L127 sunglasses: The crushed diamond effect on the cat-eye wing of these sunglasses is a very modern take on a timeless look.lulu guinness sunglasses

 

(7.) Versace VE1175B eyeglasses: Some people LOVE Versace: if that’s you  – We found your glasses! The classic Medusa head logo is on full display on the temples, surrounded by 2 rows of crystals. versace eyeglasses

(8.) Vera Wang Camellia sunglasses: All my gold girls – these are available in black with gold/diamond details as well, but give green a chance. Look at the smokey, opalescent gems set in pavé.vera wang sunglasses

 

(9.) Gucci GG3553 eyeglasses: The classic Gucci horseshoe motif made over with crystals is featured on the temples of this rose/mauve pair. This is basically a neutral that compliments all skin tones.gucci eyeglasses

(10.) Kate Spade Karyna/S sunglasses: The last are certainly not least. This isn’t the first time Karyna has been featured on this blog (for a reason.) You can also get these in Pink with Pink daises, but that yellow gem is so precious!kate spade sunglasses

 

 

 

 

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