The Fashion Week shows from New York to London, Milan to Paris featured a theme of eclecticism where designers really played with prints and textures and savory flourishes such as that of lace, embroidery, crystal details and lots of sequins. Glitters and sparkle really took flight. The opulence noticed was also to be found on the innovative spring/ summer 2016 eyewear trends that often took us to the future and back. We notice everything from the true to form wayfarers and aviators but also some rather odd and flashy versions of those accessories we so love to boast.
The year and the spring/ summer seasons seem to really bring the focus onto new forms of art, which means the minimalism of the makeup can easily be countered and balanced with the maximalism of what you wear on your face, from the jewelry to the eyewear. Style will be the main reason you wear them, as opposed to sun protection, and the sheer size of some of the glasses might throw you for a loop.
Glamorous as they are, the summer 2016 sunglasses are certainly wearable and will be further accentuating the theme of individualism. The extravagance aside, we really need to turn our attention to the fabulous art and the positively perfect product designs while transcend beyond mere fashion and functionality. The details and the overall aesthetic make this part of the outfits generate the most effectively stylish part of all the different trends we may talk about.
The top 2016 eyewear trends noticed on the runway include:
#1: Oversized Sunglasses Are a Must
This is the theme that you should take care to follow best. While you might like tiny glasses, it is the oversized that rules the runway for the spring and summer seasons of 2016 and we expect it will continue on into the fall and winter as well.
We see round frames with floral embellishments at Dolce & Gabbana, along with candy striped butterfly frames, square frames with golden glitters at Gucci, gorgeous aviators at Chanel with the engraved looks, and those round Escada pieces with the double wires. We see oversized squares at Cg, rounds at Custo Barcelona, combinations of round and cat at Marni and D lenses at Felder Felder, the likes of Boss, Bibhu Mohapatra and Banana Republic not too far behind.
#2: Cat Eye Sunnies Still Rule Supreme
Surprising as it may seem, while the cat eyes do reign supreme and seem to appear all over the place, they are not as big as we had expected previously. On the contrary, the cat and round combination is what many are rooting for now, combining two of their most revered styles into a single look. The cat alone can be seen though, appearing at Eudon Choi, as well as on the infamous Moschino runway show featuring humans in traffic colors and signage.
At Anna Sui, it is all about the floral details, particularly when they appear on a forest green frame encompassing gentle amethyst lenses. Of course, things can take a distinctly yellowish color as well, springing to life with the beauty of the spring and all its glory at Dries Van Noten with a cat eyed yellow-lensed bottomless rimmed pair of glasses.
#3: Intriguing Geometric Sunglasses
If you prefer the rectangular look over than of the round or cat eye, you are in luck! Everything you may want can be seen on the runways, including some gorgeous futuristic Marco de Vincenzo pieces that are right out of the matrix, while at Costume National the geometric shape takes an interesting roundish form.
It goes hand in hand with the whole IT boom happening around the world. At Marni, it is all about the geometric combinations as the common theme of round meets cat eye switches to square in pentagon designs in brown and other earthy colors.
#4: Aviators Still Dominate the Style
Gorgeous aviator sunglasses can be seen all around, from the futuristic but gorgeous Chanel pieces with the multiple hues and the engraves frameless designs to the crescendo effects on the Acne glasses that have a rather shooting star look to it, double tailed and all. Furthermore, Stella McCartney makes sure to pack a pretty punch with the red and green framed reflective glasses that cover up half the face with their oversized appeal, the dark lenses only adding to the funky results we are faced with. With House of Holland, the red turns to yellow though, the frame picks up some mesh and the wire rims appear to hold those sunshine yellow lenses in place.
#5: Titillating Detailing All Over
Details, details, and details… There are all types and forms and designs in terms of details, from the barely there to the over the top embellishments. The former can be visualized through the Chanel glasses that come in different hues but all seem to share a similar engraved design that has a rather futuristic effect to it. Titillating details you want? Check out the round-lensed beauties we see at Opening Ceremony with the waving lace details across the top, along the brow-line. We notice lovely details appear at Dolce & Gabbana with their buggy appeal, even more insect related as the floral embellishments appear on all sides.
#6: Irregular Shapes to the Lenses
Colors differ from lens to lens obviously, but having uniquely shaped versions of them is rather unexpected and thoroughly lovable, especially the red double wire rimmed amethyst hued blob-like lenses, where it seems that the edges of a formerly perfectly circular piece has been melted at Kenzo.
Animal shapes keep popping up all around, as they did on the shoes and the handbags. Now we notice their silhouettes on the summer 2016 sunglasses as well, including the red and white striped Dolce & Gabbana pieces with the dark lenses. Stars can also be seen on the lenses, the frames taking on the colorful forms at Giamba, where gorgeousness means star-shaped glasses.
#7: Square that is Not Really Square Shield Sunglasses
Rounded glasses are great and all, but it is the square that appeals to so many of us out there and that is exactly what Felder Felder has vowed to give us, only with its own flair. This is a look we notice also at Ralph Lauren, the double wire rims and darkest of dark lenses really giving the style an interesting appeal. It is a gorgeous trend, especially when you add candy apple red to a similarly colored frame, the eyes clearly visible behind the coloring, as seen at Emilio Pucci.
#8: Cat and Round Combinations Peek Through
You love the cat eye because it adds to the sexiness of an outfit. You love the round frames because of the hipster effect. You want them both in one, and the spring/ summer 2016 eyewear trends bring such a stylish combination. Fendi has heard your cry for the best of both worlds and gives it to us in a 3D, bug-eyed, cat and round mixture that is sure to leave one demanding more. Add the top color of the year, the aqua blues, and you certainly cannot go wrong.
Marni also shows immense love for this particular style, opting to bring in colorful cat eye tops to dark and round lenses, the colors ranging from reds to blues to pinks and browns.
#9: Dark Lenses Are a Favorite
Lenses can come in many different colors but it appears that the dark is holding tight to the top slot, with good reason. It is the best to protect against the fierce glare of the sun in general, making designer pieces such as the grey rimmed techy looking futuristic lenses at Marco di Vincenzo, the round and cat eye combinations with aqua detailing at Fendi, and the red and white stripes on the frames of butterfly shapes sunglasses made to match with the outfits at Dolce & Gabbana look positively delectable.
We see futuristic sunglasses for 2016 with crescendo wayfarers at Acne, cat eyed beauties at Isa Arfen, and lovely aviators at Chanel. Dark lenses in a red and black color combine at Marni, the frames and interesting detailing taking over at Opening Ceremony, and it is all about the black lens with the colorful frames in a cat eye fashion as per the Moschino spring/summer 2016 show. The dark lenses are in and we are loving every aspect of it.
#10: Gold & Glitter on the Frames
Gold has been appearing within the metallic versions of each trend, so we expected its appearance on the spring/ summer 2016 eyewear trends department as well. Shimmering gold on oversized clear-lensed askew square frames can be spotted at Gucci, while Dolce & Gabbana ensures we get a rather royal treatment happening, the bejeweled frames only adding to the golden appeal of the trend. The enamel daisies, miniature cherubs and overabundance of jewels make for the more prominent of spring/ summer 2016 sunglasses seen on the Fashion Week runway shows yet, an intentional dose of kitsch having been added to the tourism-themed show.
Golden frames in a clear plastic come up at Cg with square lenses, while it is golden wire rims at Marni we are looking at, particularly on the round with cat eye combinations in different colors; these include pink, light blue and earth red. We love glittery style quite a bit actually, particularly the silvery versions available from the Cushnie et Ochs collection, D-shapes, dark lenses and all. It looks especially good with tanned skin, hair pulled back and vampy dark lipstick to boot.
#11: Matching Sunglasses to Your Clothes
If you like interesting inspirations, look no further than Dolce & Gabbana. Remember when we noticed handbags matching clothing and nails matching makeup? Yes, you guessed correct! We also have sunglasses that match with the outfits worn, from the colors to the patterning, including the red and white stripes we have so clearly noticed at Dolce & Gabbana. It’s an interesting butterfly shape as well! This trend is noticed also at Carolina Herrera where the black double rimmed glasses with the white detailing match beautifully with the black dress with white embroidery across to chest.