Mod­ern retro

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - STYLE -

IN fash­ion, old is gold. Just ask any style en­thu­si­ast, and he or she will prob­a­bly tell you that what’s hot back then is now cool again. This cycli­cal rise and fall of trends is hall­mark of an in­dus­try that just loves pay­ing homage to its past.

With re­gard to that, retro eye­wear has slowly, but surely, made a come­back. Cat­eye sil­hou­ettes, thick plas­tic frames and tor­toise­shell pat­terns – these are the el­e­ments seen fre­quently in­cor­po­rated into cur­rent eye­wear de­signs.

One new brand, ModernRetroVin­tage blends retro de­signs with a mod­ern feel. Its de­but col­lec­tion of 10 dif­fer­ent sun­glasses serves up a feel of a gilded age gone by, but with de­sign ac­cents more at­tuned to cur­rent times.

Gra­di­ent am­ber lenses duly el­e­vated by metal­lic strips strad­dle the rim, or a dou­ble play of an ac­etate rim with a metal tem­ple elon­gates into thick tem­ple tips. These all add a cer­tain sense of youth­ful­ness.

The ModernRetroVin­tage’s tagline reads: “In­spired by the clas­sics. Styled for the con­tem­po­rary. Crafted for the per­fect fit.”

The build of ModernRetroVin­tage’s eye­wear fits Asians per­fectly. A higher, nar­rower bridge, a wider coun­te­nance, and el­e­vated cheek­bone rims – the brand has made these seam­less tweaks that serve to frame Asian fea­tures to its op­ti­mum.

All of ModernRetroVin­tage’s sun­glasses are crafted in Italy. They are avail­able in three to four edi­tions for each model, all of them com­ple­mented by qual­ity Zeiss lenses.

As a spe­cial touch, each model is limited to a pro­duc­tion of 50 pieces. As such, a pair of ModernRetroVin­tage sun­glasses is said to equal a sta­tus of un­par­al­leled style and ex­clu­siv­ity.

Con­sider the very beau­ti­ful Tiger Eyes, MRV005 model. It is what the brand aptly de­scribes as “the play­ful imi­ta­tion of a striped beast, echoed in the faint whiff of cat-eyed frames”.

An­other, the Jet Pack, MRV008, is “a striped in­car­na­tion de­sign” of matte black and earthy brown vari­a­tions. Metal riv­ets stud­ded on the rim com­ple­ment its lu­mi­nous gold mir­ror lenses, and this al­lows for the model’s bold aes­thetic to flour­ish.

The launch of ModernRetroVin­tage in Kuala Lumpur saw per­son­al­i­ties the likes of Ning Baizura, Shir Chong, Fred­er­ick Lee and Danny Lim in at­ten­dance. There, they posed with cre­ative il­lus­tra­tions of them­selves, show­cas­ing the mod­els that fit them best. – Bervin Cheong

ModernRetroVin­tage, priced from RM690, is avail­able at se­lected eye­wear stores in the Klang Val­ley. In Malaysia, the brand is dis­trib­uted by Eye­wear Cre­ations. For de­tails, call 03-9274 2388.

rep­tilis Sheer Tu­nic.

ning baizura with an il­lus­tra­tion of her­self, wear­ing modernretroVin­tage.

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