Ayanna Reid

The lady who sold Ayana these Face à Face glasses told her she had “amazing cheekbones,” and suggested these cat-eye frames to accentuate her features.

These “Ebony 1” glasses feature soft, oval lenses set against a sculptural and dramatic frame. The translucent colouring is highlighted by a dark red strip along the brow-line, followed by a berry red, and then crystal gradient rims. A layered acetate and integrated hidden spring hinges ensure that the construction of these frames is as strong as its design. This retro-inspired look would fit right in with the ladies of Mad Men, or the British mod subculture of the 60s, but Ayanna’s all-black ensemble takes it firmly into 2013 and beyond.

Vesna Vuksan

Vesna is a personal shopper at The Room at The Bay and has been wearing this pair of glasses from Parisian brand Face à Face for the past two years. Face à Face refers to these “Ebony” frames as being “butterfly” shaped – a less severe take on the cat-eye, with sweeping curves and soft, rounded edges. Handmade in France, the glasses play off the popular two-tone trend with rich, translucent colours, while the contemporary lines keep the look nicely refined. Though they feature a sharp and graphic design, there’s a sense of refinement to these frames; and paired with Vesna’s black-on-black look and minimalist accessories, well, as the French would say: “c’est parfait!”