Previews for New Season’s Eyewear Trends

By Jessie Peng

I have always considered it to be an odd thing that people cannot seem to resist trying on those new frames when they happen to stroll by the eyewear area in a department store, and especially when they probably already stocked up a hundred and twenty five pairs of frames in the closet drawer for different occasions, even when they probably would never suffer from nearsightedness. It is those two magical shaping forms that would twist a look by instantly changing a total diverse impression and it is those flickering shades that would exert an icon by adding new colours to a style.

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Apart from Johnny Depp’s taste for hippie tortoise glasses, creative director of J Crew Jenna Lyons who is aware of the success of her iconic geeky trademark, cloned her style to the showroom models for J. Crew 2013 S/S, with oversize thick-framed glasses and hot pick lipsticks, the look has surely stemmed her aesthetic image to the audience.


This season, brands like Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada accentuate their creations on the frame eaves by adding embellishing details with different materials. Inspired by the 60’s oversized cat-eye silhouette, Prada plays contrasting surfaces featured by a top bar with glittery stones bordered in the ‘Portrait’ series. Eschewing too extreme pointing ends, Prada neutralizes the shape with a curvy streak marching with the brow line and highlights on the gemological attachments. Style alternatives are available in black frames with Smoky Quartz stones, light tortoise with Topaz stones and medium tortoise with purple stones. These feline sunglasses can give you a hint of mean look but at the same time they also set off a semblance of sensuality and attraction.


We know that Chanel likes to blend their costume ideas into accessories, and the inspirations for sunglasses are not an odd case. The new Chanel Designer Eyewear Collection for 2012 F/W is both retro and sophisticated. Adhering to the classic pearl collection, this season Chanel re-elaborates the pearls on the top bar. You might be concerned about running the risk of losing one of those pearls but the adroitness of the work is as solid as the brand itself because each of 24 pearls is carefully screwed in.


Chanel’s loyalty towards the tweed textile has also been exploited on the eyewear. With the classic tweed laced up on the glasses arms, the style has definitely screamed out the luxurious identity of the brand.


Given the impetus of baroque culture in Sicily, Dolce & Gabbana has introduced these magnificent eyewear with elegant roses planted on top edges of the frames. It is romantic, well structured and opulent. If you are a showy kind of person, this pair is definitely your battle essential for you to wow the crowd with the slightest effort.

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