Originally an essential form of eye protection for those living in warmer climes, sunglasses have come to represent a timeless accessory and style statement for many fashion-conscious men across the world. While sunglasses are still a functional and practical fashion accessory, nowadays they have become the plaything of fashion houses everywhere, representing the epitome of style and sophistication. But just like everything in the fashion world, sunglasses trends change with the wind, and many have been discussing in anticipation about the biggest brands and manufacturers like Persol and Luxottica on Twitter. So what do the major fashion houses have in store for the sunglasses industry this year? Read on to discover what are the few of the most important men’s sunglasses trends for Spring/Summer 2013.
1. Retro retro retro
The ultimate buzzword among men’s sunglasses designers this Spring/Summer is ‘retro’, with designers the world over looking back to timeless classical styles and shapes for inspiration. While classic aviator frames have been exceedingly popular for many years now, several other models will be making an appearance this year, including the Clubmaster and Wayfarer models by Ray-Ban and retro kickbacks from other designers like Dolce and Gabbana. The key to pulling off this trend is to opt for clean lines and minimalistic detailing.
2. A color explosion
Spicing up neutral palettes with bright accessories was the name of the game on the S/S 2013 runways and eyewear is set to take on a colorful hue this year. Many eyewear designers, from Moschino and Reiss to Spektre, have been opting for a more colorful approach to their men’s sunglasses collections, designing exciting new frames that will undoubtedly allow you to make a vibrant style statement. Often combined with the ‘geek chic’ look, bright colors have been combined with thick plastic frames for those looking to make a noticeable fashion statement.
3. Welcome to the dark side
If colorful styles are not your cup of tea and you want to adhere to a more neutral and conventional palette, go dark. Designers such as Calvin Klein, Burberry and Giorgio Armani have offered up a combination of dark frames and dark lenses on their S/S 2013 catwalks, giving wearers an edgy sense of mystery and intrigue.
4. Round and round we go
Alongside retro frames and classical elegance, the sunglasses industry will also be embracing rounded, seventies-inspired frames this S/S 2013. If you fancy trying this explosive trend, go straight to Armani, Ray-Ban or Ermenegildo Zegna. If rounded frames are not exactly your style, there are several designers adopting the sleek and clean lines of the rectangular frame and the mysterious glamour of oversized lenses.
5. Tortoiseshell times
Another hot trend for Spring/Summer 2013 will be the return of the classic tortoiseshell frames of years gone by. With Gucci and Persol at the helm, this trend is set to explode in 2013, whether in line with traditional styles or using new materials like acetate and titanium for a modern twist.
All in all, men’s sunglasses designers this season have largely been focused on rediscovering the timeless elegance and simplicity of the past by concentrating on the redevelopment of retro styles with a vaguely modern twist.