Now that screens and stores are flashing the best of fall fashion, we’re looking for styles that will flatter us from head-to-toe. And nowhere is that more important than what we wear on our face. Since it’s pretty much the first thing anyone notices when they look at you, that key accessory you sport front and centre—your eyewear—has to be just right.
Oh yes, choosing fashionable frames is a real art.
Not only do they need to fit the angles of your face in just the right way, there are subtle differences in design from season to season. This year, runways have forecasted luxurious fabrics and fresh colour palettes for fall, and the same style themes are showing up in glasses, too. According to Michelle Lane, senior designer and stylist at Clearly.ca, we all need a little eyewear inspiration before buying. Here are her top picks in peepers for the season.
THE NEWEST EYEWEAR TRENDS FOR FALL
MAKE MORE OF METAL: Metallics
It’s hard to imagine anything better than your oh-so-chic plastic statement frames, but designers have thrown us a twist this season with metallic glasses. Mirroring wardrobe fashion, metallics add polish to the season’s leather bringing out a rock chic style. You’ll notice designers this season playing with different materials and textures in an effort to accentuate the centre of an outfit. Opt for a metallic mirror gold frame to best accessorize this trend. Combining materials that are intuitively opposite is evident in eyewear by Joseph Marc with plastic frames with gold metal detailing. The chic metallic studs on the temples give these frames a little extra attitude. It’s the cosmopolitan chic look designed with confident, intelligent woman in mind. This bold look is best accessorized with a strong frame like the Kam Dhillon in Chloe Blue. The flat metal design has a satin finish that flashes blue under the lights.
STAY SOFT: Pastels As we’ve seen on the A/W 2015 catwalks of Giorgio Armani and Seyoung Hong, pastels aren’t just reserved for spring. Warm pastels have transitioned into icier tones, offering new colour options as seen in the recently launched collections by Kam Dhillon and Chloe.
Kam Dhillon’s blush cateye frame adds the perfect amount of shine with its beautiful glossy finish and light reflecting curves. Large cable sweaters are a part of the frozen landscape theme this season. Pair Emporio Armani’s glossy aqua glasses with a chunky cable knit and iceberg teal coat for a contrast in texture. Draped tops and dresses are best accessorized with eyewear that is delicate and oversized like this blush pair by Chloe.
BRING BACK THE 70s: Boho
If you weren’t quite ready to embrace your inner boho this past spring, here’s your chance because there’s no end in sight for laid-back attire. The runways have showcased tassels, fringe, burgundy shades and the return of the flare pant, and the trend continues in eyewear. Complement your boho look with an oversized 70’s eyewear style in a neutral like this pair from Kam Dhillon.
Try something oversized and geometric like this fantastic frame by Michael Kors. The aviator ushers in a cool 70’s vibe that is softened with semi-rimless styling. Look for colours incorporating the rich tones from the 70’s of brown suede and deep reds. The latest collection by Derek Cardigan boasts burgundy tones well suited for this trend.
If you’re on the flip side of the bright and colourful, we’ve found your calling. It’s hard to compete with beautiful rich colour this season and it takes a great designer to create an aesthetic collection without the embellishment.
Victoria Beckham displayed boxy pieces that somehow gracefully moved down the runway. Frames, like this hazel design by Kam Dhillon, speak to this trend with deliberate, yet delicate lines. Narcisco Rodriguez featured long tunics in flowy fabrics for a chic, monochrome look. These round glasses by Love offer the perfect complimentary shape, in a barely there, transparent colour. Stella McCartney breaks the mold with wide, loose pieces, but adds feminine appeal as seen in the sheer panelling that elongates the neck. To achieve a similar look in eyewear, look for a frame that has a wider build, softened by a semi-sheer finish, like these Derek Lam glasses.
Michelle Lane’s early experience as a merchandiser in menswear fashion solidified her passion for styling and paved a path for her design career. As the principal designer and stylist for Clearly.ca, Michelle ensures that Canadians are getting fashionable and affordable eyewear. She continues to seek design inspiration at global eyewear shows around the world including Milan, Hong Kong and New York. Glasses are like shoes, you need a pair for every occasion.