Spring / Summer 16 is a great season for eyewear. This year, the theme is Go Big or Go Home! And catwalk collections from the likes of Chanel, Marco de Vincenzo, Bottega Veneta, Roberto Cavalli, Laura Biagiotti, Felder Felder and Dolce & Gabbana have taken us all the way from glamorous and ostentatious to full on retro throwbacks to futuristic and surreal. But whatever the style or design, the overall look is always bold, always loud and always full of confidence. Here are the key eyewear looks for SS16, some fully loaded trends that will create a serious retail impact.

 

Bold Frames

 

Bold heart

 

The general theme here is simple; sunglasses need to stand out in SS16. So whether it’s a frame adorned with stripes and patterns or festival-ready heart shaped lenses, eyewear really has a big stake in this season’s summer wardrobe. It lends to a simple set of basics for the shopper’s wardrobe (creating a blank canvas) with a much bigger focus on the accessories that follow.

 

60s and 70s

60s 70s

Retro is a huge trend across fashion as a whole. In swimwear, we see a great deal of boho fringing and 70s inspired crochet / macramé whilst accessories are expressing retro through the power of shape and colour. Expect to see big, bold shapes designed from 60s inspired acetate / plastic and 70s inspired lenses in a whole rainbow of colours. Hot looks include mirrored sunglasses, John Lennon or Janis Joplin style round glasses, butterfly frames, monochrome and cat eye styles.

 

Aviator Style

aviator

 

The classic aviator never dies. But this season it’s bigger, it’s bolder and it’s brighter. For SS16, we see many variations in metal finishes as well as a whole range of lens colours, including mirrored lenses. Hot celebrities and Instagram stars such as Jourdan Dunn, Kendall Jenner and Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell have even been spotted wearing aviators as prescription glasses so it confirms that this look is here to stay.

 

Sporty / Futuristic

Sporty

This trend is free from gender and free from age, making it more accessible than most people realise. The sports luxe / futuristic eyewear look takes minimalistic lines and creates a daring look. Some of the more alternative designs may be hard to pull off but other classic styles such as wayfarers or half rim / horn rimmed specs will also fall into this category.