In early September, our team was lucky enough to attend Vision Expo West, a major annual tradeshow in Las Vegas. We got to see the frames that will be making a splash at the end of 2017 and all the looks to come for 2018.
The greenery trend is still going strong, with green shaping up to be THE colour in the year to come. The whole palette is inspired by nature, with sky blue and nude tones. Classic colours like burgundy, caramel, khaki, grey, translucent, and tortoiseshell are also back in. Paired with cobalt blue, burnt orange, and bright red, it’s a neutral palette that feels both laid‑back and energized.
Thin frames have been fun, but in the months to come we’ll be seeing a move towards thick acetate frames that add character. Sporty sunglasses, including shields, are also slated for a comeback, and prescription eyewear will be no exception. It’s a bold, unisex urban look with a futuristic colour palette straight out of Blade Runner.
Cat eye frames—always in style—will be more subtle, with a focus on the swoop at the outer edge of the rim, rather than the circle shape. Aviators are as popular as ever and will be out in force. If you got swept away by the round frame craze, keep riding that wave all the way to Coachella because they are still in—especially for sunglasses.
Natural materials like wood and cork are obviously big right now. You’ll see them being used in frames for added texture. It’s a trend that works really well with those nude and natural colour palettes mentioned earlier. You’ll see metal being used in a number of styles, particularly as a way of paring down frames with bold shapes. And the use of transparent and transclucent acetate will continue to add a sense of elegance.
Minimalism was big in 2017. That’s not going away, but in 2018 you’ll see added features around the outer rim, brow, and temples. Serious‑looking frames will pick up interesting details like double bridges, semi‑rimless frames, and bold keyhole bridges.
Lenses are a real point of distinction right now. For sunglasses, it’s all about colour colour colour, whether mirrored, tinted, or as a gradient. There are even lenses with patterns, and shapes that create an optical illusion. As for finishes, mirrored sunglasses will be the thing until fall 2018 at least.
More than ever, frames are style accessories that can really tie your look together and make a statement. When it’s time to buy your next pair, be sure to make an appointment with one of our face experts so you get the personalized advice you need. Our eye care specialists will be happy to help you explore our vast selection of fashionable eyewear to find the best frame for your needs and lifestyle.
* This is an overview of frames available in Opto-Réseau clinics.