An eye for retro puts modern in the shade

ECHOES of 1950s beatnik chic continue in sunglass fashions. Ray-Ban's classic Wayfarer of 1952 is multiplying in genuine and ripped-off versions. The cat's eye or winged feline frame is rarer, higher fashion. Designers are playing with both cuts, some with cooler results than others. Kym Fashion designer Ellery's collaboration with Ksubi Eyewear founder Graz Mulcahy ranks "uber" on the cool scale. Stocks of Ellery et Graz sunglasses, $330 to $440, launched in 2010, are kept tight to pique desire. ...

ECHOES of 1950s beatnik chic continue in sunglass fashions. Ray-Ban's classic Wayfarer of 1952 is multiplying in genuine and ripped-off versions. The cat's eye or winged feline frame is rarer, higher fashion. Designers are playing with both cuts, some with cooler results than others. Kym Fashion designer Ellery's collaboration with Ksubi Eyewear founder Graz Mulcahy ranks "uber" on the cool scale. Stocks of Ellery et Graz sunglasses, $330 to $440, launched in 2010, are kept tight to pique desire. There are waiting lists for the 600-900 pairs cut per season. A new shipment is in transit now. elleryland.com.