From oversized to retro and embellished frames; get inspired by these runway-approved glasses

This summer is all about eyewear. Shades and reading glasses in an array of shapes, frames and colours dominated the international runway. Season’s focus shifted from an ‘It’ bag or an ‘It’ pair of heels to snazzy sunglasses. Oversized, cat-eye to futuristic, S/S 16 has an abundance of statement eyewear to choose from.

At Marni, an interesting blend was seen of outfits in languid silhouettes and geometric eyewear. The luxury fashion label gave the classic round glasses a clever reinterpretation with cat-eye frames in a variety of hues. The flag-bearers of opulence, Dolce & Gabbana infused drama in their simple round sunglasses by fitting them within ornate and embellished, butterfly-shaped frames.

Paris runway saw Stella McCartney giving classic aviators a punch of colour by making them in a variety of coloured frames. Hues that dominated were white, red and green. In Milan, Armani, veered away from its very classic aesthetic of playing with the structure of aviators and instead experimented with a dark ombré palette. The opening ceremony showcased some glorious statement aviators by attaching wavy structures made in mother of pearl, on the frames.

At Fendi, it was all about angles. The cat-eye-and-round combination eye pieces stood out. Reading glasses might evoke a feeling of boredom but at Holly Fulton they got a dose of sass in a range of striking, hued geometric frames.

Who said one has to resort to the rule of structural perfection? Rules are meant to be broken and we got some cues from Acne Studios and Giamba on how to do it. The shades in uncoordinated frames in irregular shapes were fascinating. We can imagine them to soon be a street-style hit.

Round glasses are a rage this summer and who better than Jeremy Scott to give us some retro-inspired pieces. Frames for his glasses were made in rubber, supporting the round lenses, and the eye-pieces were featured in a number of shades.

In New York, the Queen of sophistication, Carolina Herrera created elegant round glasses in reflective frames, almost resembling a mirror, which seemed rather futuristic!

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