This is what the Anthropologie site for these divine glasses says, and I couldn't agree more. They're gone! Gone for good! And they're not mine!
Oh well, it's nice to know they're bouncing lightly about on someone's face, somewhere. In the meantime I'll be drooling at these fine art deco frames online and dreaming of flowing gowns, flower filled fields and fading sunlight *sigh*
Well, it's about bloody time, isn't it? Someone has finally gone ahead and invented glasses (usually the cheap part) that can change colours and styles while your lenses (usually the expensive part) stay the same.
Meet Frameri. Their mission is "to help the world see in a more natural way. To free glasses wearers from the systems, companies, and traditions riddling the market and sacrificing the gift of sight." It seems they're on the right track.
It's all explained pretty beautifully on their neato IndieGoGo Campaign. Basically, they take your normal lenses and add a hard polymer 'bumper' that allows you to easily pop the lenses in and out of a range of frame shapes (yes, you read that right - each lens shape is suitable for more than one frame shape, as well as many colours!). This is essentially the way that lab technicians will get your lenses in and out of your plastic frames anyways (really, there's no trick here other than strong thumbs) but these bumpers allow you to change the frames over yourself - and they're tested for thousands of repeat frame exchanges.
Their prices are super reasonable, especially considering the fact that you can easily replace components if you break something/want a style update/need a new script. I personally love that you can choose to personalise the colour of the bumpers to ad a little 'pop' to your look.
I think the most interesting aspect of the new Stella McCartney sunglasses is that they're made from "a bio acetate plastic...that is made from 54% natural sources.". It's not something I've seen a lot of in the manufacture of designer glasses and frankly, I would like to see it more.
That said, the designs themselves aren't exactly ground breaking. That's not to say I don't like them, it's just that they're the classic sort of design that you could probably order pretty safely online and not be too worried about them not suiting you. It's a shame this fashionable foray isn't a little more...fascinating, but I guess there's no harm in investing in a timeless style made by one of the best.
More unique among the bunch - the fun tortoiseshell print in the Retro Sunglasses