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Eyewear: Picture-Perfect Frames


BY AMY LAROCCA

STORE THE LOOK SEEN ON
Facial Index
104 Grand Street
646-613-1055
Ever wondered where all those cool kids on line at the Film Forum got their glasses? The house line is great — architectural and bold — but keep an eye out for Spivvy, a line popular in Japan (natch), which is carved by hand from a single piece of plastic and so, so hip. Price range: $120-$450. The cool kids: Donovan Leitch, Kirsty Hume, Samuel L. Jackson, Janeane Garofalo
Morgenthal Frederics
699 Madison Avenue, near 62nd Street
212-838-3090
Innovative classics — traditional cat's-eyes, for example, are detailed with an intricate yellow-and-black pattern that calls to mind a monarch butterfly, and reading glasses are printed with subtle plaids. Price range: $250-$450. Large- and small-screen iconoclasts: Kevin Spacey, Lorraine Bracco, Lisa Marie, Kirstie Alley.
Robert Marc
575 Madison Avenue, near 57th Street
212-319-2000
Elegant, sophisticated frames identifiable by their trademark hand-attached silver hinge. Robert Marc makes the best horn-rims and has the biggest selection of traditional black frames in the city. These are glasses to wear with an Hermès tie or a glorious mink. All glasses $295. Hollywood and hip-hop stars: Natasha Richardson, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Mary J. Blige, Julianne Moore.
Selima Optique
59 Wooster Street
212-343-9490
No retiring librarians need shop here: Selima glasses, which come in acid-bright colors and the hippest shapes, are for rock stars and personalities. Extra points for the sunglasses, with a variety of I-just-trashed-my-hotel-room tints. Price range: $175-$300. Rock-and-roll royalty: Madonna, Liv Tyler, Bono.
 
Photographs by Michael Krauss
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