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TECHNOLOGY RULES

Specs’ gorgeous new game-changing technology delivers high on form + function

New manufacturing techniques are giving eyewear an added edge to deliver over-the-top designs never achievable before—think intricate, 3D-printed frame fronts and high-wrap, full-coverage (and high fashion) shields.

Tech surprises come to the fore in specs, too, with a fresh focus on sun lenses—from multicolor layered looks to embedded glitter and lenses that reveal a secret image when breathed upon. And, wearables that are smaller than ever before (and attachable to nearly any optical or sunglass frame) are making the category even more relevant to eyecare professionals today.

Want to learn more about the tech taking over the eyewear market? Turn the pages here for a roundup of eyewear that is both on-trend and high-tech.

MODEL PHOTOGRAPHY
BY JURGEN REISCH

STILL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY
BY DAVID KRESSLER

MODEL SHOTS STYLED + DIRECTED
BY ERINN MORGAN

ART DIRECTION
BY WILLIAM PFAFF

HAIR + MAKEUP
BY JULIA FIGUEROA

FITTING OPTICIAN:
TEDDY HAMILTON FROM GOGOSHA OPTIQUE

MODEL:
RINA KARUNA/L.A. MODELS

LENS ENVY
On Rina: Balenciaga BA0106 from Marcolin is a futuristic flat lens shield-inspired sunglass frame. The rimless single glass structure is fitted on the frame front by screws for a luxe look.

LUXE LENSES
(FROM TOP)
Garrett Leight x Nick Wooster style Harding delivers a prominent top bar for a retro-influenced frame inspired by Arthur Miller—with a surprise. Breathe on the lenses and a graphic of Nick Wooster appears. Shown in its java drift colorway with semi-flat pure cobalt lenses.
Ray-Ban Blaze Collection model RB3576N from Luxottica is a sleek flat lens-over-frame construction on metal, shown in gold with pink mirror Sharp Onesie lens.

ROUND AND ROUND
The MYKITA Lite Anana optical frame serves up a fresh, thin profile with ultra-light stainless steel temples and a slender acetate frame front, shown here in black/glossy gold.

MATERIAL MATTER
(FROM TOP)
Aspire style Elegant from ClearVision Optical features stainless steel temples and end pieces, with a hypoallergenic SDN-4 front—a proprietary nylon material. The collection is designed using 3D-printing technology in order to reduce prototype development time.
PogoTec’s PogoCam, the world’s smallest, lightest camera that attaches to all eyewear. Op PogoTrack camera-ready eyewear with the accompanying PogoCam will be available from ClearVision Optical this fall.
OVVO Optics model 3628 in surgical steel and titanium offers a modern double bridge and OVVO's flexible and virtually indestructible signature screwless hinge. Shown here in black/bronze.
Vinylize NVSBLE collection style Hawkins, fashioned from virgin clear record vinyl, in a faint sand crystal hue.

TECH DREAMS
Versace model VE2180 from Luxottica is a high-wrap shield sunglass featuring metallic tubular temples with a Greek meander pattern.