Seeing as the future isn’t looking too bright at the moment, nostalgia for past glories continues to be trending in fashion – especially with eyewear. Thick frames and arms, thin trims as well as oversized round and rectangular lenses are appearing as fashion houses pull out all the stops for a nostalgic vibe while combining contemporary elements.
Taking “Reflection” as the theme for its spring/summer collection, Linda Farrow reinterprets its classic flair with 80s-style oversized frames in 18-to-22-karat yellow gold.
Giorgio Armani goes even further back into the past. Looking to 30s and 40s movies for its inspiration, it recreates eyewear of the era with thin metal trims and arms.
Many maisons have matched their eyewear to their ready-to-wear collections. Louis Vuitton’s 1.1 Millionaires sunglasses feature distinctive beveled frames and thick temples decorated with tiny LV Friends from its spring/summer show.
Ornamentation is key for Miu Miu and Alexander McQueen, whose glasses have frames embellished with crystals and studs.
Monograms also continue to be big. Lenses on Fendi and Dior’s new eyewear are etched with the brands’ monograms and matched with thin trims. In place of monograms, Alexander McQueen and Berluti use their iconic prints – skulls and Scritto motifs – on the lenses.
(This article was published at The Standard on April 23, 2021: Weekend Glitz: Take a look back )