THE SEASON’S HOTTEST TRENDS – For the Fall/Winter 2014-2015 season, some fashion houses didn’t show any eyewear at all, while others took the opposite route and incorporated a pair in almost every look.
Amongst the brands that featured both sunglasses and optical frames were: Dsquared², Emporio Armani, Giorgio Armani, Saint Laurent, Viktor & Rolf, Salvatore Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Orley, Ports 1961 and Gieves & Hawkes. Some of them went as far as to pair eyewear with suits and, needless to say, the result was spectacular.
Now let’s move on to the season’s hottest eyewear trends for men. Before we proceed, note that this isn’t an exhaustive list. Moreover, keep in mind that classic eyewear (black, rectangular frames and aviators) is still going strong and was present on many runways. Honorable mentions go to oversized eyewear, clear frames and thick-framed glasses which could be spottedon the runway fairly often.
Without further ado, these are the season’s hottest trends:
1. Sports, Sports, Sports
Activewear has been the main focus of some designers for quite some seasons now and it seems that the trend also transitions into eyewear. This season, sporty or sport-inspired eyewear could be seen on the runway at Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford or Tim Coppens.
L-R: Louis Vuitton, Louis Vuitton, Tim Coppens, Tom Ford
2. The Rise Of The Renaissance
Intricate, highly elaborate and almost mechanical, these type of frames have hit the runway at Kenzo or Cerruti 1881, where several pairs were featured in the show. Boasting a modern flavor, this trend has sunglasses which include metallic inserts, unusual shapes and juxtapositions – what a feast!
L-R: Cerruti 1881, Kenzo, Cerruti 1881, Gieves & Hawkes
3. A Powerful Brow Bar
This season, sunglasses get a strong industrial brow bar which becomes the main focal point of the frame. Whether metallic, in complete contrast to the rest of the frame or matching it perfectly, this is one trend that you should not miss. As seen at Saint Laurent, Prada or Costume National.
L-R: Saint Laurent, Costume National, Louis Vuitton, Prada
4. Color Mix
This trend was quite popular in the realm of optical frames, but it wasn’t ignored when it came to sunglasses either. The (usually) thick frames came in two colors which seamlessly bled into each other for a gradient-looking finish. The most wild interpretation, as seen at J.W. Anderson, featured 2 different colors for each eye.
L-R: Salvatore Ferragamo, Salvatore Ferragamo, J.W. Anderson, Valentino
5. Retro Round Frames
Round shades could be spotted on nearly every catwalk and in nearly every style, so it’s pretty much safe to say these will be on trend for many months to come. As seen at Paul Smith, Emporio Armani or Thom Browne.
L-R: Emporio Armani, Gucci, Paul Smith, Thom Browne
All photos via style.com