The Hottest Trends In Eyewear For 2014
Whether you sport geeky chic opticals or oversized aviators, you’re advocating eyewear trends – perhaps unknowingly. True, glasses help us to see, and protect our precious eyes from the sun’s glare. But most importantly, they are everyone’s favorite accessory.
This week, fashion forecaster Stylesight and Eyecessorize collaborated to host the Eyewear Product & Trend Review for spring/summer 2014. The event featured a wide range of imaginative new optical and sunglass products from designers across the globe. There are four major trends to watch for in the coming months. Here’s the rundown:
The Instagram Look
This style, inspired by the latest craze in social media, has a 1970s appeal. For sunwear, rosy tinted lenses from O’Neill (Driftwood), SPY (Bleeker) and Ferragamo (SF691SL) give wearers a filtered view of the world. Similarly, Carerra (82S), Maui Jim (H287), and Lanvin (SLN586) offer products with gold-tinted lenses, which make for a sepia-like effect.
In both optical and sunwear, materials and silhouettes are reminiscent of yesteryear too. O’Neill offers shades with understated wooden frames, while tortoise print makes a comeback with designs from Original Penguin (The Pinner), Robert Graham (Princeton), Max Studio (122) and Karl Lagerfeld (KL809S). Soft, bubbly shapes from Judith Leiber (JL1674) and Icon Eyewear (30310) round out these throwback designs.
The Mathematical Look
This trend is most concerned with angular cuts and neutral colors. Marni’s triangular lenses and Chloe’s (CE638SL) hexagonal ones emphasize geometric shapes. Prada (PR09QS), Optic Nerve (Kincaid) and Emporio Armani (EA4021) place high emphasis on the brow bar. Designs by Balmain (BL1018) have an industrial appeal, with simplistic contours.
XOXO (Aspire), Frost (Fizzy) and Roberto Cavalli (RC797S) use arithmetical frame prints to make statements. Black and white patterns bring stunning sophistication to designs from Face A Face (Artie2), Jimmy Crystal (JCS601) and Randy Jackson (RJ3016) – yes, that Randy Jackson. Matte finishes from Lotho and Dsquared2 (DQ0134) drive home the point that a lack of shine does not mean a lack of elegance.
The Aquatic Look
Inspired by the ocean, this trend features vibrant blues, turquoises and teals. Frames from Vera Wang (Asuka), Icon Eyewear (75364), Kaenon (602) and Michael Stars (Iconic Stylist) draw upon these watery hues. Designers such as Scott Harris (V-25) and Prodesign (4134) pioneer the floating lens effect, using partially clear frames and minimalism. Cloudy sea glass-textured frames from Superdry (Comets), Vera Wang (Chrysanthe), and Corrine McCormack (Zooey) bring the oceanic look home.
The Garden Look
In the fourth and final look for the upcoming season, earthy greens and vibrant pinks, demonstrated by Valentino (V681S) and Mui Mui (VMU07M), are evocative of spring foliage. Dolce & Gabbana (DG4190), Jonathan Paul (Ikara) and Lafont (Naiade) offer new floral prints too. House of Holland and Robert Graham (Calvin) push the fantasy look to an extreme with saturated, mirrored lenses.
Products by Frost (Papillon) and Lafont (Nec Plus Ultra) feature whimsical butterfly-shaped silhouettes. Floral embellishments from designers like Caviar (5594) make this look dazzlingly exotic. In the spirit of modernism, Cinzia Designs (Twinkle), Alexander McQueen, (AMQ4239S) Kate Spade and others, adorn their frames with sparkles and studs.
Rachel Hennessey, Contributor / FORBES MAGAZINE
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