From March 31 to April 2 our team was lucky enough to attend the trendsetting Vision Expo East that brings together frames, optometric devices, technology, and fashion under one roof. Since we’re always on the lookout for what’s new and happening, we took the opportunity to trendspot among the runway looks for 2017 and early 2018. If you’re wondering which frames to get to stay up to the minute, look no further! Check out our guide to what’s hot in prescription frames and sunglasses.
Coloured lenses—mirrored or plain—will be very popular this summer, and the trend is set to continue into the colder season. Purple, yellow, green, and coral lenses may sometimes be outlined in white or metallic edging for stronger contrast. You’ll also see gradient lenses everywhere, but you’ll notice they’re much more highly contrasted than previously. You might even spot some fluorescent-coloured lenses!
As we know, fashion goes in cycles, and this time we’re heading back to the 1980s for our accessories. Thick frames in bold colours will be back with a vengeance, in every shape you can imagine. Cat eye glasses get an update, with slightly rounded bottoms and pointier wings at the sides of the face for a fresher feel. Oversized frames are a must, whether they’re round, square, oval, or butterfly-shaped, and a whole variety of geometrical shapes are also making a big comeback.
Transparent is a trend that’s here to stay, with lots of totally see-through acetate and glossy finishes that give an impression of translucence.
Closely tied up with 1980s styling, there’s also a futurist vibe coming off the runways. Frameless designs without edges, and lenses overlaid onto frames, are set to make waves. Visor styles going right across the eyebrows and extending into thick temples resemble actual shields for the eyes. And lastly, there are patterned lenses (non-prescription, of course) that’ll make you feel like you just stepped out of The Matrix.
As a counterpoint to these trends, we’re also seeing a return to minimalism with vintage metal frames. Material combos are still rife—especially acetate and metal—like in the clubmasters, for instance. Frames are getting heavier over the eyebrows and lighter around the cheekbones. Small round metal frames are the height of this fashion trend. Double bridges are still resolutely with us, adapting to most styles.
Tortoiseshell, that eternal classic, gets an arty makeover in some dramatic exaggerations. Designers also play with painted and marbled effects, as well as patterns drawn from nature, to give glasses more impact. As for metal frames, they are being embossed and laser-perforated to achieve the same creative finish. Wood has gradually begun to appear in eyewear over the past year, and now it’s here in full force as another unconventional material for your glasses.
The colour palette for Spring 2017 is bright and dynamic, with 2017’s Pantone colour of the year “Greenery” stealing the show. These supporting actors will be the other big colours for the year to come—indigo, pink, raspberry red, and purple.