Wild prints, tempting textures, and unbridled animal styles leap into eyewear for the fall. This season, for buyers, it's a jungle out there
By Joanne Schell
Photography by: Peter Baker
Hair & Make-up: Alicia Kochis
Models: Kelley Anderson Cipriana Quann/ Click
Eyewear: Mark Ecko ECKS 8045 for Viva International
Look to the fall fashion runways and it's obvious that nature has called. Animal prints, feathers, and flowers all translate elements from a jungle-like landscape into autumnal haute couture. Eyewear designers paralleled these trends this year by using rich and exotic materials to evoke thoughts of warm fall opulence. It's time to freshen your frameboard for the upcoming season. Shake things up by incorporating eyewear with organic appeal, and you'll attract consumers hungry for a taste of luxury. Here are some of the trends that shape this natural phenomenon.
UNIQUE TEXTURES. Designers have brought a host of natural materials to the design table this fall. Leathers, tortoise, horn, and even raffia have been incorporated into this season's eyewear. Some frames are enveloped completely by the materials, while others only show a hint of these materials on the temples.
CALL OF THE WILD. Animal prints have been extended from just an accent to a print that encompasses the whole frame. Leopard spots or zebra and tiger stripes create an exotic accessory to compliment fall fashions. Watch for styles gleaned from other exotic creatures, such as fish and snakes.
SERPENTS AND SNAKESKIN. Speaking of snakes, a sweeping trend this year is in accessories with a gothic feel--skull and bones jewelry, t-shirts based on cloak and dagger tattoos, and glasses that look just as edgy and dangerous. When you make your fall frame selection, don't be afraid to add a rebellious touch to your collection.
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