Designer Eyewear Trends for 2014: Bold and Retro
After eating a little too much and partying a little too hard over the festive season, it’s time to sit back, relax, and look ahead to what trends are dominating 2014.
There is a heady mix of retro features combined with modern touches present for 2014. Cat’s eye styling is a noticeable feature for both regular frames and sunglasses from many designers. Miu Miu and Ralph Lauren’s 2014 collections both showcase this style, although whilst Miu Miu’s frames are a little more classic, Ralph Lauren has a slightly western edge with metallic detailing in the corners. Ralph Lauren takes the western theme further still on their aviator sunglasses with leather on the brow bar and temple tips. Marc Jacobs also offer several cat’s eye frames which range from softly rounded and understated frames to bold and oversized.
Heavy brow bars are another hot trend for 2014, popping up in both Prada’s and Emporio Armani’s collections. Brow bars are often a dominant feature for male frames but in 2014 we’ll see them on both male and female styles. They give a bit of a geek chic look to their frames and really make a bold statement for the wearer with their often sharp and angular lines. There are a range of brightly coloured frames to be seen, as well as more neutral options. As well as the bold brow bar, classic aviator styles are again a popular choice this year.
Still making a statement, but moving away from the heavy frames, there are plenty of embellished designs to be seen from designers such as Alexander McQueen, Prada and Dolce and Gabbana. Alexander McQueen combines tortoiseshell frames, which again emulates the retro theme, with metal studs, giving a more glamorous twist to their frames for women. However, tortoiseshell is also popular for males this year having been worn regularly by Made In Chelsea’s Oliver Proudlock.
Dolce and Gabbana use gold leaf and filigree on their designs giving a softer and more feminine feel to the look. They also have plenty of floral patterned frames to choose from which are ideal for an understated summery look. Whilst these are obviously female frames, the male options are more reserved but still feature flashes of colour.
Finally, there is what has been termed the ‘Instagram’ look. This one is interesting because it combines a 1970s feel with a modern day obsession with social media. Featuring sepia and quite literally rose tinted glasses, they give the wearer a filtered view as it were.
So, whether you want to go bold and modern or channel your inner Audrey Hepburn with retro frames there is something for everyone in 2014 – mix it up a bit and try something new.