Cat eye frames through the ages: From inception to the modern
The cat eye frame has been a consistent tool of style icons for generations. It has been their way to express their femininity, their independence, their professional ambitions, and their everyday superhero powers. From its first iteration in the 1930s, a shape originally designed by Altina Schinasi who saw a space in the eyewear market and made room for her own ideas, the cat eye has long been the shape of choice for independent and stylish innovators.
70s style — the era of fashion freedom
The 70s may be known for large frames with drop temples, such as those worn by Lynda Carter in her iconic role as Wonder Woman. But it is the Hana from the Kaleidoscope collection that truly mirrors the freedom of the era. The Hana is a bold shape that embraces that feeling of freedom, of taking a step forward to assert the self. If the Hana is too big for your features, the Lez is her smart little sister. Intelligent and not afraid to show it. She is bold without being showy. Strong without being mean. The Hana and Lez represent the step forward for individuality that the style and the social movements of the 70s brought to fashion.
Cat eye in the 80s — sharp angles and power suits
In the 80s, the shoulder pad made its mark. Picture Grace Jones, her sleek hair, strong shoulders, glasses that met the angle of her cheekbones. A definition of beauty in strength. The 80s were the era when fashion said to the world: make room for me, I’m here and I’m ready to get loud! The Sharp angles of the Jasmine from the Spectrum collection take that energy and make it a power suit for today. If the Jasmine doesn’t fit, try the angles of the Polly, also from the Spectrum collection. Both are frames that let all others in the room know who’s boss.
90s comfortable vibes and soft curves
In the 90s, fashion took a turn toward comfort. Flannel shirts, flannel pants, and music in minor chords. The eyewear of the era took a turn for the subtle, small and round wire were the go-to for those who wanted to express their style with more subtle statements. Gillian Anderson in her role as Dana Scully, concentrating in her small wire frames. Focused, yet approachable. The Cady and the Helen from the Kaleidoscope collection are both the modern, acrylic statement for such a personality. Their soft curves and easy manner allow the wearer to be soft and approachable, but still assert their personality and unmatched intelligence.
What the future holds for the cat eye frame
In the 21st century, eyewear continues to evolve and what is more 21st century than the superhero? The masked crusader swooping in and saving the day. Truth is, we can all be a bit more than our outside expectations, sometimes we just need that little something extra. That object to put on in the morning that gives us that power boost. The Esme and the Marilyn of the Centena collection are that power. They are that object to give that little boost of confidence, that jolt of energy. That burst of personality to get us ready to face the day with the power of personality. The superpower is in the individuality and the frames we choose. The lenses that show us the world. The frame that shows the world who we are.