Author: Giorgia Cantarini

September 19, 2019

\\ Heron Preston

Gender fluid, genderless, gender neutral, no gender: just some of the words which define a relatively new concept that has been storming the fashion world.
Not everybody remembers that it isn’t a new concept though, a trend that goes back to the 80’s when Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel introduced the suit and men’s tailoring for women too. From unisex collections to mixed men’s and women’s catwalk shows, the fashion industry is experiencing a revolution. The gender lines are blurring, where small details make the difference and pretty much every experiment is allowed. It’s a reflection of modern times, given the number of new brands born out of this new gender neutral focus – such as J. W. Anderson, Balenciaga, Palomo Spain and Maison Margiela – the latest Spring Summer Collection was entirely unisex).
So now that we’re not bound by gender, a whole array of new eyewear options have opened up. Retro infused, small, oval and round glasses and sunglasses are a strong eyewear trend at the moment and also happen to be a gender neutral style (remember John Lennon and Yoko Ono wearing the same rounded sunnies?). For this style, sunglasses are often accented with tinted lenses in blue, light brown, or even pink. Some frames feature a low profile with angular geometry, a sturdy nose bridge, and thick temple tips while we witness the futuristic, minimal and hyper colourful shapes that don’t stop being re- explored or rediscovered.
Rectangular glasses combine geek chic with modern flair.
The rectangle is one of the oldest eyewear shapes, second only to round. On classic rectangle frames, the edges of the top and bottom lenses are parallel, but today’s rectangular glasses also come with softer, more rounded shapings. A traditionally masculine style that also looks great on women, rectangular glasses come in a diverse range of styles, colours, proportions, and materials.
Some would say the cateye is too daring for a man to wear, but that convention is changing, as confidence, a sense of humour and new ways of wearing glasses make all the difference. It’s about breaking codes, having an eclectic style and being inclusive.


Transformation, mind-changing, diversity define this young brand from Hong Kong. These red acetate eye shadow sunglasses from Percy Lau x Jo Harrison Hall feature curved arm details and a single lens with a red gradient and half cat-eye shape.

Style: RL_0000_RD2

The Red Line from Vava presents a new mask with sharp geometrical shapes.
A playful mix of volume and materials, the square sunglasses feature a monochrome silhouette with thick temples, reminiscent of a surgical lab mask: this pair of sunglasses is everything but serious.


A lightweight metal double bridge frame with acetate ear tips and UV400 lenses.
The Rock of Helsinki, Kallio is the wild and urbanized neighborhood of the metropolis, where bohemian souls meet for a coffee and get lost between the narrow and wavy streets. A conceptual shape for radical chic spirits.

\\ Maison Margiela

Style: ERWIN

Erwin is a quirky double-bridge aviator, with a ‘70s style statement.
Chunky rectangular lenses in metallic hues are juxtaposed with darker rims in denim, black coal and striking red along with a softer mint. Erwin is part of the genderless Sun collection in 3D, produced using an innovative printing method that helps minimise waste.

Style: MARS

From one of the most talented and edgy eyewear Italian companies, Essedue forges sunglasses in perfect celebrity style.
This year the collection is inspired by the 80’s and David Bowie. This transparent acetate frame with grey lenses covers and shows your face at its best.


A rectangular black frame with full dark orange rim makes these glasses look great on everybody. The striped print on the temple is visible only from the inside.
The lenses are dark green for a clear vision all season long.


Inspired by the sci-fi movies and the first sporty sunglasses from the 80’s, this frameless triangular mask features a pop coloured thick transparent arms.
Edgy and avant-garde, this style is a breakthrough in the latest collection of this Made in Italy family company.

\\ Namacheko

Style: RUBIN

An aviator style - but not quite.
A softer and more elegant version that features an acetate frame with golden metal temples, bridge and arm. Sophisticated and minimal, it suits every look and yes, gender too. Rationalism, is the name of the new collection which explores the main architectural trend of the first half of the 20th century. Through thirteen glasses and twelve sunglasses, where simplicity leads the way.


The “KY-MINI” collection recalls the typical vintage style of 1968, a year that saw the debut of the miniskirts by Mary and the rise of the Beatles music. 6 pocket- sized styles realized in 7 funny colour combinations, with round, hexagonal, pantos, rectangular, rhomboid shapes.

Style: 1434 A 01

Fabbrica Torino is a small company from the Piedmont region in Italy. Active since 1922 it is one of the most sought-after companies producing high-quality eyewear but encourages and supports new talents to develop their own. The capsule collection with young designer Giuseppe Buccinnà is a reworked version of a diamond / cat eye shape with textile patchwork inserted in the arms and contrasting orange lenses.

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