I became obsessed with eyewear around the time Ray-Ban re-launched the original Wayfarer sunglasses years ago. You probably remember them from the ’80s in Risky Business, The Blues Brothers, and Miami Vice. My go-to pair: white with gray lenses. Rain or shine, it was glued to my face.
This obsession led me to optical shops and boutiques, where I discovered many more labels: the vintage-inspired style of Oliver Peoples, the new-school cool of Retro Super Future, the eccentric and artistic Alain Mikli. And every Fashion Week, I clicked through the shows online, my eyes honing on the frames that designers sent down the runways in New York, London, Milan, and Paris.
That’s when it donned on me: eyewear can be a bona fide piece of fashion, a way to bring a larger-than-life statement into real life. Unlike an extravagant couture gown or an avant-garde showpiece, a frame is just as much about form as it is about function.
And don’t be mistaken: it’s not just about logos anymore. Whether it’s a silhouette, a material, or a point of view, design sets the trends. So, this fall, look out for these trends in designer eyewear:
- A blast from the past, the cat-eye is still going strong season after season, from Tom Ford to Bulgari. Updated with angular lines and sleek finishes, modern is the name of the game.
- Another decidedly retro style, round sunglasses are also still enjoying a moment in the spotlight. Think thick acetate shades and oversized metal frames.
- Forget four eyes. Geek is the epitome of chic this season. It’s all about very librarian specs with brains and beauty—look no further than Gucci.
- It’s also hip to be square. Shaped, that is. Miu Miu makes the case for square-shaped sunwear with ombre lenses, evoking the carefree vibe of the ‘70s.
- Move over, tortoiseshell. Luxe marble-look acetates in color variations will be trending, as seen at none other than Dior.
- All that glitters isn’t just gold this fall. Whether subtle or spectacular, glittery acetate frames appeared at the likes of Fendi and Prada.
While it wouldn’t hurt to be an A-lister or super-connected fashion insider to get a hold of these designer frames, all you need is to be an EyeMed member. Carrying the designers namechecked here – plus styles that may be hard to find elsewhere – ILORI Optical, the Optical Shop of ASPEN, and Persol now accept EyeMed vision benefits
1. Just in time for Fashion Week.
It’s just one more way that EyeMed continues to expand in-network options for its members.
So go on, take on this season’s trends frame first.