1970s VIBES

Author: Alessandra Albarello

November 08, 2017

To the max

With their orange or yellow lenses, pantos or round shapes, and finely proportioned frames in metal, 1970s glasses, synonymous with pop legend John Lennon, have taken on an almost mythical significance. The legend goes that he was wearing the iconic glasses at the precise time in 1971 when he was inspired to compose one of the most beautiful songs of all times: “Imagine”. The colour of the lenses and the unique round eye shape were among the design elements which identified certain models as being a part of that era.
Just like the aviator form, daring geometrical shapes or the bold sunglasses, in the style of Jackie O. The revolution in life and style which began in the 1960s and saw further radicalisation in the 70s had brought with it a mood of absolute freedom in fashion, to combine fantasies, forms and colours, with experimentation in a new original non-conformist aesthetic, decontextualising  accessories and details, and bringing them into other contexts.

What appears again today on the catwalk is an ode to the spirit of those times, the so-called “zeitgeist”, united with other elements or concepts, and belonging to different eras, making them contemporary in a unique way. Like the opulence of the 1980s, a magnificent re-birth and even a sporty mood prevailed. In eyewear, we find that same spirit, a coming together of elements reinvented in unique pieces, individual and projected into the future. As we know, fashion loves the citations and a mood of nostalgia…

From the Stella Jean F/W 2017/2018 catwalk collection. The model is wearing style Loose by Delirious Eyewear, handmade in titanium and beta-titanium, with UV-400 Zeiss lenses and internal red anti-reflective coating. A must-have for fashion victims.    www.deliriouseyewear.com

Oliver Goldsmith
Model Oops

The design of these bold, classy sunglasses originated from a happy accident. Since 1973 this style has been an icon, refreshed with new colour combinations and exploring the use of 2 base lenses.

Cutler & Gross
Model 1272

This style from the Techni-Colour collection combines the brand’s heritage with a future vision. Just a perfect, round frame, milled from a solid piece of metal, using state-of-the-art technology, and combined with tinted lenses.

Model Yente

Extravagant and oversized, this style is made from acetate with two ‘dot’ rivets on the front and temples, and real glass lenses. Available both as sunglasses and optical frames in Kaleidoscope and Tortoise (only for optical frames).

Model Frank

Its third eye is perfect to interpret the spiritual and psychedelic mood of the 1970s. Made of very light and thin memory stainless steel, this frame has flat, tinted lenses and temples with two different end pieces.

Model Aviator

If you speak about the 1970s, you cannot miss this symbol of a whole generation. Its distinctive pilot silhouette is updated with three tones of metal rims, super fine temples and three warm toned gradient lenses. Produced by Luxottica.

Model Stardust

Absolute creative freedom and no boundaries in art, fashion and architecture for this style from the WildSide collection. Sculptural, quirky, individual, it is available in colour obsidian (in the picture), ivy and abalone.

Model Yoko

If a worldwide famous It Girl like Chiara Ferragni has chosen and personalized this style for her online shop The Blonde Salad, you can be sure this is going to be a true a must-have accessory. Round, bold, with light orange lenses - in homage to Yoko Ono and John Lennon. 

Sunday Somewhere
Model Goldie

Large oversized sunglasses with a nod to 70s poolside glamour, from the Golden Daze collection. Made of lightweight stainless steel with titanium metal features, round rims, a cool double bridge, and tinted lenses. 

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