Disruption in Luxury Eyewear Sector Boosts Demand for Authenticity at Silmo

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PARIS — Metal and round frames dominated trends at the recent Silmo eyewear trade show here. Round forms combined with other shapes, and increasingly bold looks in metal were one logical outcome. Meanwhile, buyers reported greater demand for authenticity and quality craftsmanship that also reflects the latest fashions. They were not disappointed. “Silmo gives me a much greater view of fashion, and eyewear is fashion. It’s exciting. Designers are so unique here,” said Linda Cohen, optician and owner of New Jersey-based fine eyewear store, Eye Design. Some favorites included Blake Kuwahara — “he sees what you really want to accentuate in a face” — and Triss Ottica — “unique in terms of color collaborations and textures, [including] leathers, woods and titanium and gold” — plus Amaury, who designs for Paris street artists. Other trends included vintage looks from the Seventies and Eighties made lighter and more modern, plus sporty, Nineties, hip-hop-inspired interpretations. Bold, athletic masks and aviators were prevalent amid a growing emphasis on the men’s market. Elegant tone-on-tone lenses and frames, as well as creative mixing of materials like acetate and metal, were welcomed trends, while the beginning of a move toward narrow frames was noted. Color tones were bright for

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