Focus on eye wear is definitely retro

January 30, 1991|By N.Y. Times News Service

NEW YORK The latest sunglasses reflect a nostalgia for the fashions of the 1960s. Frames and lens tints recall those that were popular then, designers and retailers say.

"Sunglasses are the key accessory this season, used like jewelry to complete a '60s look," said Andrew Basile, the fashion director of Bergdorf Goodman. "The biggest trend is the return to the 'Jackie O' look, to go with those Jackie-style classic sleeveless shift dresses that predominate in spring inventories."

For men, imitation tortoise-shell frames are combined with plastics and metals in classic round '60s-inspired frames. The frames are lined with yellow or bronze plastic on the interior rims, to add reflection and a dimension of color.

Michele Lamy, who originated the so-called Jackie O look in sunglasses, has reintroduced the style. Her company's variations on the classic big sunglasses in black and brown are selling for $140.

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