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Fine designs

Frames in recent months have presented delicate metalwork alongside acetates in cool colours, while eco-friendly materials have been another key focus for designers. OT  takes a look

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Frames: Titanium and acetate combinations

OWP launched a range of frames this summer, with a number of shapes in fine metals and striking acetates. The ‘7514’ panto-shaped frame features a high-density acetate front with titanium temples that carry through the lines of the spring hinge for a modern look. The frame is available in four colours. The ‘7515’ square frame also features a front made of high-density acetate while the design along the titanium sides is inspired by the rear end of a Ford Mustang.

A highlight of the women’s collection, the ‘1457’ frame, features a fine bezel accent in a bright colour, with sides made of OWP Signature Acetate. Other frames in the collection include the petite style ‘1458’ with a contrasting colour panel in midnight blue, black, pewter grey or poppy red with a matte finish. The sides are embellished with intertwined lines and temple ends of OWP Signature acetate for a colour accent.

The ‘1769’ titanium frame features a colour-block design along the top line and sides, and a spring hinge for comfort. The style is available in four colours with bold or muted options. Finally, the ‘2197’ offers a cat’s-eye style in OWP Signature Acetate, with faceting on the sides and fine openings on the jaw.

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Sunglasses: Bio-beauties

Ethical sunglasses brand, Pala Eyewear, has introduced a new collection of frames, made in small batches in a family-run eyewear workshop in Italy, meaning the brand only orders what is needed, reducing waste and minimising the impact on the planet.

The frames are handcrafted from biodegradable acetate for the brands “most sustainable collection yet,” featuring natural tones in unisex models to suit all face shapes and occasions.

The ‘Malaike Ember’ frame draws inspiration from the 60s, offering a thicker square style in an ember tortoiseshell with green-grey Grilamid lenses. The ‘Karibu Rye’ also presents a classic shape in a nature-inspired rye frame with grey-green Grilamid lenses.

Finally, the brand’s bestseller, ‘Meria Havana,’ returns with an update. The vintage cat’s-eye frame is available in a plant-based Havana acetate and matching graduated brown lenses with metal detailing on the sides.

The brand described the frames as “designed for those who acknowledge the need for a better future, appreciate the world we live in and embrace the adventure of exploring it.”

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Wipes: Eco eye care

The Body Doctor has made its Eye Doctor Lid Wipes and Eye Doctor Tea Tree Lid Wipes biodegradable in what it believes is a first for the optical industry.

The wipes are plastic-free and made from viscose fibres which break down in soil, compost, fresh or marine water. The packaging is also recyclable.

The company noted that sustainability is becoming an increasingly important factor for customers, with a customer survey by the Body Doctor finding that 80% of respondents would be willing to pay more for environmentally-friendly products and packaging.

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Contact lenses: daily multifocals

Menicon has launched a new multifocal version of its Miru 1day Flat Pack contact lens.

The contact lens is designed to be easy to use for new wearers, as well as patients moving from single vision lenses. It features a Neuro Adaptive design which aims to support adaptation and smooth transitions through near, intermediate and distance viewing.

The power range for the new contact lens includes +4.00D to -6.00D (-0.25D steps) and -6.50D to -10.00D (-0.50D steps).

The launch also marks the first time the manufacturer has released a contact lens for presbyopia in the UK market.

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Frames: Autumn tones

Dutz Eyewear has introduced its new autumn collection as a “cocktail of colours,” with designers noting that bright colours play a big part in the new season trends, from fuchsia pinks to artificial blues and patterns ranging from black and white to animal print.

Yellow, declared the Pantene colour of the year alongside grey, will remain a key shade for the new season, the brand suggests, introducing it’s ‘DZ812-45’ and ‘DZ2244-15’ with bright yellow accents for “the optimistic promise of a sunny day.” The ‘DZ811’ model offers an eye-catching silhouette, available both in a pop of yellow or a red – another colour that has featured in many catwalks for the autumn season, while the ‘DZ2271-35’ combines warm orange tones with dark and light earthy colours.

On the other hand, neutrals are a “must” for the winter, Dutz suggests, presenting its ‘DZ2274’ in greyed pastel colours such as a soft beige, powder pink, anise yellow and light browns. Designs applied nude shades with a twist, such as powder dust beige and anise yellow with gold accents and acetate for an ostrich feather pattern.

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Frames: Intricate detail

Gotti Switzerland has launched the ‘Daza’ and ‘Donlay’ models for those “with an eye for detail.”

Made from titanium, the frames feature delicate cut-outs and an additively produced inlay, with the company explaining: “The highly polished metal creates a gentle contrast to the stark structure of the inlays.”

The ‘Daza’ frame features a row of filigree cut-outs along the top of the frame, whilst the ‘Donlay’ hosts a small section of cut-outs in the gently pointed corner of the frame.

The frames are available in colour combinations of copper and moss, silver with black, and gold with ruby. 

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