Our team was lucky enough to attend the very popular Silmo, a Parisian trade show that attracts eyewear lovers from around the world. The show allowed us to see that the French, Italian, German and Danish creators, with whom we collaborate, are more than ever putting forward their craftsmanship and using their knowledge of architecture, design and even aeronautics.
We were able to observe innovation in the way materials are used, in the design of shapes and in the choice of colours. We are very pleased to share these upcoming trends with you!
On the materials side, without much surprise, metal is everywhere! In either matte or glossy versions, stainless steel shares its place with other materials such as titanium, used for its nobility and lightness, as well as beta-titanium, for its flexibility. Workmanship and great quality of materials will, more than ever, be essential to make sure the frame you choose has lasting power. The manufacturers we work with are very sensitive to this concern and our eyewear specialists pay particular attention to it during their selection.
We noticed an undisputed return to 50s glamour with eyewear that revisit the butterfly shape. The frames are certainly retro, but retain a modern touch by playing with volumes, materials or colours. Salvatore Ferragamo even won a Silmo d'Or trophy for their butterfly-shaped sunglasses with metal temples and gradient lenses. The mixture of angles is very interesting for our experts, who can exploit the angles and the roundness of the butterfly shape to define certain lines of your face.
In continuity with the previous trend, round shapes gradually leave more room for oval frames. Regardless of size or materials used, oval shapes are available in almost any collection. Camille la curieuse herself chose magnificent oval Italia Independent frames during her visit of the Vision Line Barnabé clinic in September.
We also noticed many square frames while exploring the Silmo show. For this trend, we are staying in the field of geometry, but we are making a 180° pivot to straight lines and well-defined angles. The bridge is centered in height, which clears the area around the eyes and offers a nice option to those who want to stay away from roundness. Square frames undeniably give you character!
Confident Masculine Lines
Men are certainly not left out. Straight lines are increasingly present, even in traditionally more rounded designs, where they solidify the whole. These strong lines are particularly useful to emphasize the jawline.
With the great return of metal frames, we also noted a special attention to details like guilloché. This process involves engraving a pattern on metal, whether on the bridge, the temples or even the rim. We can sometimes see these details on metal parts through transparent acetate. This artisan work adds a chic side to your eyewear, much like the details found on the work of great watchmakers.
Ode to Autumn
Acetates will appear in more muted palettes, often in reference to nature. Champagne, taupe, burgundy and yellow will be supported by more original hues such as burnt orange and olive green.
To offset the trend of pure and bare geometric lines, we also noted a current of architectural design. Eyewear creators compete in audacity by mixing materials or building layers of acetates to create volumes that give a 3D effect to their glasses.
Check out our frames section for more ideas or visit the Opto-Réseau clinic nearest you to see our wide selection of frames. Our eyewear experts will be happy to help you with a personalized fitting.