Just when you think you’ve seen it all in frame design – someone comes up with a whole new twist. The Prodesign 5133 is just such a frame. The front is – to reuse a phrase I coined earlier – an Extreme Pillowed Feminized Rectangle. OK, the pillowing isn’t as extreme as on some other frames, but this is yet another example of a trend in women’s frame shapes that we are sure to see being expressed for some time. This is a semi-rimless mounting, so it opens up the face. This is a particularly great design if perhaps draw the gaze from the lower features on the face up to the eyes. The temples sweep right of the very top of the frame, which both adds to the lift suggested by the lens shape, and allows the fullest range of peripheral vision.
The dynamite piece de resistance here is the multidimensional sculptural temples. Prodesign figured out a way to cut out very intricate designs on the stainless steel, and then wrap the stamped metal into a shape that functions as a temple, but presents a 3-D space. To complete the look they out a color on the inside of the shape that contrasts with the color on the outside. This almost gives the appearance of an optical illusion – when you first see these, you will think “What am I looking at?”
A great shape, light weight frames, wonderful colors, exacting craftsmanship – and all wrapped up in a frame that will stop people in their tracks as they get caught up in the functional, wearable art - these frames have a LOT to offer!
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