By and
with contributions from Lacy Strohschein
 on November 17, 2008

PARIS — Even eyewear, a stalwart of the accessories category, appears to be feeling the pinch, with some retailers who attended the Silmo eyewear fair here slashing budgets by nearly 30 percent.

A sobering up of styles underscored the mood at the show, which ended its four-day run on Nov. 2 at the Porte de Versailles. This was evident in a prevalence of retro forms, brushed instead of shiny metal finishes and classic colors and patterns, particularly tortoiseshell and browns. Bling, retailers agreed, is out, replaced by more discreet “stealth wealth” options such as subtle tone-on-tone logos often positioned on temple tips or “aerial” logos along the tops of the arms. Touches of color came in unexpected places, such as on sidepieces or edging a rim.

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