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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Byline: Dana Silber

PLASTIC FANTASTIC

The right frames can accomplish so much more than jewelry or the hautest bag--which explains why even women with flaw less vision are snapping them up. "It really is fashion for the face," says eyewear designer Robert Marc. Playful plastic frames in a medley of colors and tones enable ALICIA KEYS, Angelina Jolie, Eva Longoria and other stars to make a vivacious statement. "Choose a hue that complements your own coloring," advises Larry Leight, chief designer at Oliver Peoples. "Find a shade that is in harmony with your hair, eye color and daily makeup palette."

1 Plastic, Paul Smith Spectacles, $245; 888-568-1655 for stores. 2 Italian plastic, Christian Roth Eyewear, $210; at Artsee Eyewear, 212-414-0900. 3 Plastic, Ray-Ban, $107; at Lenscrafters or rayban.com. 4 Plastic tortoiseshell, L.A. Eye-works, $275; 323-931-7795 or laeyeworks.com. 5 Plastic, Gucci, $245; 800-289-3937 or docoptical.com. 6 Plastic, Robert Marc, $345; 212-675-5200. 7 Plastic, Prada, $189; at luxottica.com. 8 Zyl plastic with crystal accents, Jessica McClintock Eyewear, $80-$100; 800-645-3733. 9 Zyl plastic, Paul Frank, $150; at paulfrank.com. 10 Translucent plastic, Donna Karan, $199; at luxottica.com.

BRAINY BEAUTY

Professorial styles like these combination rimless and plastic or metal frames ensure that such celebrities as FELICITY HUFFMAN display their visionary side with just one glance. The same idea translates to the workplace: They're an effective tool to help get your point across in important meetings. Select a fetching style that enhances your face, personality and IQ. Can you wear such a cerebral look seven days a week? "These definitely go beyond the office," Marc says. "In fact, there's something very bold and sexy about this look, especially when you whip them off for effect."

1 Metal, Lacoste, $175; at Max & Co. Eyewear, 714-662-1222. 2 Metal, Alain Mikli, $420; 212-472-6085 or mikli.com. 3 Metal, Selima Optique, $275; at Selima Optique, 212-343-9490. 4 Plastic, Ralph Lauren, $220; 800-289-3937 or docoptical.com 5 Plastic, Oliver Peoples by Larry Leight, $310; 888-568-1655 or oliverpeoples.com. 6 Titanium, Morgenthal Frederics, $385; 212-838-3090 or morgenthalfrederics.com. 7 Plastic, Tommy Hilfiger, $165; 888-688-8948. 8 Plastic, Miu Miu, $159; at Sunglass Hut stores. 9 Titanium, Face a Face, $450; 888-388-3223 or faceaface-paris.com. 10 Titanium, Sama Eyewear, $395; at Destination Sama, 877-788-7262.

OFF THE RIM

Lasik surgery be damned. This ophthalmic look has been gaining in popularity ever since Nicole Kidman donned a pair of rimless specs for The Interpreter. Other fans include Jennifer Aniston and JENNIFER GARNER. The advantage to having no frame is that the glasses won't overpower your features, yet interesting lenses impart a cool, modern edge. Can such a minimalist approach work for evening? "These are perfect for dressing up because they're very subtle, so they'll blend in and won't detract from your makeup and clothes," says Richard Morgenthal, designer for Morgenthal Frederics. --Dana Silber

1 Metal, Lunor, $395; at Robert Marc, 212-675-5200. 2 Rimless with citrine and aquamarine semiprecious stones, Miyagi Eyewear, $199; 800-678-9244 for stores. 3 Rimless with metallic bronze, Brooks Brothers, $170; at Lenscrafters or lenscrafters.com. 4 Metal with rhinestones, Fendi, $130; 800-544-1336 or marchon.com. 5 Metal, Chanel, $205; 800-550-0005. 6 Rimless, Dior, $415; 800-289-3937. 7 Metal, Michael by Michael Kors, $199; 800-544-1336 or marchon.com. 8 Titanium, Silhouette, $268; 800-223-0180 for stores. 9 Titanium and acetate, Kata Eyewear, $315; at City Optix, 415-921-1188. 10 Rimless, DKNY, $139; at luxottica.com.

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