It’s summer, and everyone is looking for the perfect pair of sunglasses to wear for bright, sunny days. The Vision Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC is the premier event to discover the latest in eyewear. Here are the biggest fashion trends from this year’s show.
Clear Frames/Double Bridge Glasses
Massada, a company from Switzerland, created their Lust Caution based off the styles from the 1930s. They created Lust Caution, a frame with a double bridge 6-years ago based on the American tourist, before they were copied by other brands. This double bridge style is currently trending as well as clear frames. The frames below are called The Last Temptation.
Red Hot Frames
Look red-hot this summer in a pair of Miss Exec Sun of vintage inspired red frames from Victory Optical. Channel your inner 1959 Barbie as you look glamorous seaside in these shades.
There is no summer without stripes, especially when they are trending this year. Check out Ultra Limited’s collection and find a kaleidoscopic mix of colors, perfect for you.
There were many companies with eco-friendly eyewear and displays at the Vision Expo. Parafina is an eco-friendly eyewear company uses trash and recyclable materials to make their shades. SAY-OH by E & E Ltd. uses rusted pieces and guitar frets to make frames. Andy Wolf used cardboard boxes as seats at his tradeshow booth and the Ultra Limited display was also made out of cardboard and was completely recyclable.
Sunglasses for Dogs
SAY-OH, an eyewear company from Japan, created a line of sunglasses for dogs called Say-Woof. Two of their popular styles include The Mimi and The Rock. These geometric sunglasses not only look good on dogs, they also look good on humans!
Lucas de Stael, from Paris, created frames that are made from engraved cow leather, which resembles carved wood. Be one step ahead of the trend and order a pair. Histoire De Voir also displayed their leather eyewear line at the expo.
Frames Inspired by Music, Movies & Art
Vinyl Factory 1964’s slogan is “spex, mugs & rock and roll.” Factory 1964 stands for Andy Warhol’s pop-art factory that opened in 1964. Each frame is handmade and is named after musicians and artists.
Freakshow is an eyewear line that is named after movie characters or actors. Its sunglasses have an anti-reflective coating and polarized lens to handle the flashes and flickers on the red carpet. Vinylize also created a movie inspired line called Cinematiq where you can wear a piece of cinema history.
Selima Optique made a custom pair based off the movie Robin Hood. All proceeds for these sunglasses are donated to the Robin Hood Foundation.
Tyche Iset Eyewear was named after Tyche the Greek goddess of fortune and Iset the goddess of wisdom. Morganne Leigh merged her art, inspiration and vintage touches from her favorite eras. Each pair is glamous and sophisticated, perfect of a goddess.
Emmanuelle Khahn Paris re-launched vintage inspired frames which former model and designer Emmanuelle Khahn made famous.
Spectaculars pays tribute to the American eyewear classics with modern twists. They use the finest materials, pin rivet hinges and 100% hypoallergenic cotton-based cellulose acetate, they don’t believe in comprising quality. Every pair is made right in the USA.
Glitz and Glam
Sospiri is an Italian luxury eyewear company uses Swarovski cyrstals, metals and embellishments to create limited edition collection that is focused on detail. If you enjoy glitz and glam, this high end line is for you. Other glam trends include pearls, glitter and other precious stones. Baldinini Occhiali’s new line is embellished with glitter.
Brands that Give Back
TOMS eyewear line, Baumvision, gives sight to a person in need for every pair you purchase. These shades are not only fashionable but will make you feel good knowing that you gave a person the gift of sight.
Specs of Wood, a company from Woodmere, NY, won first place for best product at the Vision Choice Awards. Feb 31st, an optical company from Italy, also has a wood line called Total Wood that is also sleek and stylish.
After the dark and dreary winter it’s nice to brighten things up for spring and summer. Consider wearing a pair of shades with colorful lenses this spring, yellow and pantone are particularly popular. Garrett Leight California Optical has a great line of rainbow customs, perfect for festival season. Your favorite frames now come with matching lens in an assortment of rainbow colors, these are a summer must-have.
Geometric Lenses and Cutouts
Vintage style frames and large geometric lenses and cutout are big this season. Even though these shapes are unconventional, they add definition, sharpen and elongate features and contour the face. Try them on, you will be pleasantly surprised how good they look on.
A Bathing Ape, an eyewear company from Tokyo, showcased a line for boyfriend and girlfriend, mom and daughter and father and son. Want more ways to match as a couple? Click here.