ProDesign has been outdoing itself recently with striking new designs, fun and clever engineering twists, and with materials. The 6901 incorporates each one of those elements into one beautiful package.
As an optician with experience and memory dating back a ways, I was really intrigued by this fresh use of aluminum as a frame material. Aluminum is one of the lightest weight materials available; it is hypo-allergenic; it can be tinted into very cool colors, and it is exceptionally strong. The only downsides (and every material has some) are that the lens has to be sized EXACTLY, and it is SO strong that it can be hard to adjust.
That being said, pairing the aluminum front with stainless steel temples is genius! The temples are all one piece, so there are no springs, hinges or hinge screws to be concerned about. Stainless is also very lightweight, strong and flexible, so it is a natural for a temple.
The shape on the front does not break and new design ground, but echoes a trend towards more distinctly feminine “right-sized” frames. The top has a gentle, flattering arch to compliment a woman’s eyebrows. The lower edge is nice and flat, no unwanted rounding to unnecessarily fill out the cheek area. The sides have a soft curve that provides a gentle lift to the frame. It has a finish halfway between shiny and satin, and the red is an amazing hue I expect to be very easy to wear.
The temples are a nicely contrasting satin dark gunmetal, and have ornamental geometric cutouts to add some great visual interest. The hingeless temples are very flexible, negating the need for spring hinges. The temple tip color matches the frame front. All in all, this is a great frame from fashion to function! Stop in at any ProDesign dealer to try these on!
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