Trend watch: notes on tortoiseshell

12th September 2012 Tortoise styles are looking so beautiful for the new season and they are plentiful. Here are 3 picks showing the variety you can find if this is your pattern of choice. For classic, this easy retro shape from new label Fan Optics (above) – model Brock, is refined and not too heavy, a lovely accessory for the start of the season. Choose from dark tortoiseshell with elegant yellow highlights, or a green blue tortoise that is more like a marbled effect in the acetate. www.fanoptics.co.uk

Emmanuelle Khanh Paris sent me a few examples of their tortoise pieces including classic panto spectacles and bold 80s and 90s shades. Strong on its retro roots, this design below boasts a golden chain detail, a showy but vibrant and exciting detail if you can carry it off. Fine detailing in gold such as studs and chains are very much a part of the mix right now. www.emmanuellekhanhparis.com

EK Paris

 

If a whole tortoise style is too dark or busy for your complexion and style, look at designs that use tortoise in interesting colour combinations. At Zanzan, this neat Limited Edition crystal/tortoise design (excellent for smaller faces) – style Mizaru – brings a touch of the unexpected; the sides are a thick, chunky, brightly contrasted acetate to set off the transparent crystal front and dark grey lens. Also very now! See this one close up at www.farfetch.com

 

Zanzan’s Mizaru

For more on Zanzan on Eyestylist.com, visit www.eyestylist.com/2012/08/autumnwinter-moods-at-zanzan/ CN