The triumphant ascent of eyewear in the fashion accessory rankings is driving aspirations for more than just a ‘pair and a spare.’ Stylish specs-wearers are now proud owners of an ‘Optical Wardrobe,’ replete with styles and shapes for every occasion, mood and trend. With this in mind, choosing a patterned frame this season is clearly on point.
The spring 2017 ready-to-wear shows featured a riot of print both abstract and figurative in accessories, with hard surface detailing being especially directional. As with footwear and bags, eyewear trends are embracing the detailed highlight. If a full print frame is not what your optical wardrobe needs right now, a patterned brow or marbled temple may be the answer.
On the runway, deconstructed and pimped tortoiseshells usurp animal prints, while florals become ever bolder and increasingly naturalistic.
Amidst the unapologetically brave motifs there are more subtle iterations showcasing surface design techniques where pattern creates an illusion of depth, softens a colour statement or evokes a painterly mood. Such artistic inspiration in our featured frames is realised through hand painted designs and creative collaborations. Whether bold or blended, demure or dynamic, there’s a space in the wardrobe for a pattern this season.