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Jun 15,2007
In Fashion: The frame game - summer sunglasses
by Sharon Mosley

What is the one accessory you can't live without in the summer? Sunglasses, of course, and they've got to look so cool you could chill a margarita with them. And it does help if you can see out of them too.

SUNGLASSES - What is the one accessory you can't live without in the summer? Sunglasses. CNS Photo courtesy of Embry Rucker for Angel Eyewear. 
"The demand for fashionable eyewear is enormous," says Rene Soltis, optician and spokesperson for the Vision Council of America. "Sunglasses have always been a popular accessory, but today's consumers are more dialed into the fashion benefits of prescription eyewear and are making it a priority that their glasses express their personal style."

So whether you're chilling on the beach this summer or blocking the sun at a tennis match, finding a pair of sunglasses that is both fashionable and functional is a high priority. Here are some of the hottest trends this summer at sunglass and eyewear retailers:

- Cool and Creamy - For summer, white is a top color choice for sunglasses - whether white metal on an aviator or large white plastic frames a la Jessica Simpson. Natural shades of pearl, cream and sand are also white hot. Pearlized or luminescence is key for summer accessories. ( www.angel-eyewear.com)

- Red Hot - Check out the red hot shades popular among celebrities like Christina Aguilera, Jessica Biel and Mary J. Blige. ( www.solsticestores.com)

- Mod Squad - The black and white frames in eyewear and sunwear hark back to the spirit of the '60s and the '70s with strong graphic designs and geometric shapes combining the two classic colors. (Ellen Tracy, Amadeus, Aoyama)

- Heavy Metal - Bronze shines as another color of choice, from shimmering metallic to tawny, matte hues. Burnished finishes create woodlike treatments in harvest colors. Other metals to choose from: chrome, gold or gunmetal. ( www.angel-eyewear.com)

- The Naturals - Raffia, wicker, leather and wood accent plastic and metal frames to give them a unique look. Animal skin prints and crocodile patterns also show up on frames this summer. (Ferragamo, Coach, Christian Roth)

- Go Retro - Time to trade in those aviators for the classic Wayfarer frames made famous by celebrity legends like Audrey Hepburn and Tom Cruise. Great choices for both men and women. ( www.ray-ban.com)

- Designer Logos - If you're into playing the name game, then you'll love the shades with the signatures - Valentino, Giorgio Armani, Juicy Couture and Marc Jacobs, just to name a few.

- Arts and Crafts - Artistically designed frames add a new edge to sunglasses this summer with sculpted shapes, laser cutouts and abstract details. Leave the big bling behind. Etched temples, lace and intricate patterns in an array of textures like raised dots, rope and twisted metal give fashionable frames more of a subtle artisan's touch. (Ellen Tracy, Fendi, Koali)

- Big is Still big - Oversized frames still reign in bold retro styles that have a hint of '60s feel with round and square shapes - a favorite of the star crowd who love to avoid the camera flashes after a late night. (Look for Gucci, YSL, Kate Spade at www.solsticestores.com)

- Sporty Chic - Wraparound sunglasses take on a sports-inspired look in both metals and plastic frames. Athletic styles are becoming more and more popular in optical stores with streamlined frames boasting state-of-the-art technologies. (Calvin Klein, Dior, Tony Stewart)

Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association.

© Copley News Service

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  • SHINE OUT, FAIR SUN, TILL I HAVE BOUGHT A GLASS---THAT I MAY SEE MY SHADOW AS I PASS [William Shakespeare] : The author, Sharon Mosley, has given a good description on the quality and variety of goggle frames, but has not said anything about quality of the frame-fitted glasses—the major components of a goggle directly affecting the eyes. Some of the glasses prove soothing and healthful while some may even harm the eyes. Now Scientists have reported a possible cure for one of the world's leading causes of blindness—GLAUCOME—through an oven cleaner liquid substance commonly used to polish glass and remove grease [ source : http://www.themedguru.com/articles/now_oven_cleaner_to_cure_glaucoma-7323130.html ]. The University of Central Florida scientists have report in the latest issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry ( Part B ) that CERIUM OXIDE nanoparticles (NANOCERIA), a common ingredient in oven cleaners, not only inhibits the enzyme, CARBONIC ANHYDRASE II ( hCA II ), but also tends to have pretty good absorption rates across the cornea. Dr. SUDIPTA SEAL lead researcher at University of Central Florida, while testing cerium oxide nanoparticles, or nanoceria, for use as a catalyst to remove grime from oven walls, realized he might have had a medical breakthrough. Since glaucoma involves an irregular accumulation of fluid inside the eye, and the existing eye-drop treatments contain only such chemicals which do not get properly attached to and transport the proteins very successfully, thus only a small amount gets through the cornea. Now SUDIPTA SEAL and his colleague SANKU MALLIK have effectively combined nanoceria with a compound that blocks the hCA II enzyme, which is involved in producing fluid inside the eye. Now two safe possibilities are in hand : No. 1 : All glasses, Sun or goggle, at the manufacturing level, be mixed with ceric oxide ( CeO2 ) or cerous hydroxide [ Ce(OH)3 ], so that when exposed to Sun light, the user possibly gets nanoparticle rays to strike the eyes, thus diminishing chances of developing glaucoma in the coming years ; No. 2 : The user makes a habit of frequently cleaning the goggles or sun glasses with the appropriate cerium compound lotion, thus leaving a thin film of useful cerium compound on the glass. Using eye drops containing cerium may be fraught with dangers, hence should not be used until the VISION CHEMICAL OF AMERICA or some other optical research body declares it safe.
  • (Posted on June 17, 2007, 9:37 am G. S. JOHAR)

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