A sneak peak at the hottest trends in eyewear for 2016.
In case your Instagram feed hasn’t been bombarded with an endless parade of models wearing fabulous outfits – September is officially Fashion Month. Yes, month! New York Fashion Week has just wrapped up, but the non-stop whirlwind of designer runway shows, front row fashionistas, and celebrity filled after-parties isn’t ending anytime soon. Next stop on this full-speed fashion train: London. Then it’s onto Milan and finally, the grande dame of haute couture, Paris. If you haven’t gotten a chance to pick up your September issue of Vogue, that’s okay, we’ve got you covered! Let’s take a look at the colors and trends that are right off the runway and sure to be a hit this coming season.
Like a scene from a dreamy Degas painting, spring’s color palette is all about soft, pale, dusty hues. In keeping with this theme, rose quartz is officially the Pantone Color Institute’s color choice for Spring 2016. Not surprisingly, this pretty pink shade features heavily in runway collections, on celebrity trendsetters, and is set to make a huge impact next year.
NATURAL HUES: Calming Colors.
Inspired by elements of nature and Scandinavian design, natural hues in tones of pale blue, dusty grey, and hazy taupe evoke a clean minimalist look and soothing feel. These muted, neutral colors evoke simplicity and comfort – something we definitely need more of. Gigi Hadid, Eva Mendes, and Scarlett Johansson go for a natural look.
PRETTY IN PASTEL: Soft and Ethereal.
As seen on the Carolina Herrera Spring 2016 runway, dusty shades of pink, baby blue, and lavender create a soft and ethereal look this spring. This feminine and composed color palette embodies a sense of freedom and youth – perfect for the free-spirited bohemian girl. It’s no wonder Hollywood’s leading ladies are catching on to this color craze. Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani, and Kate Hudson love their pastels.
Inspired by global travelers and architectural elements, classic styles are improved with fresh details such as exposed hardware and dual-tone acetate frames.
ROUND LENS AVIATORS: Fashion Forward and Futuristic.
Aviators are transformed this season with round lenses, metal bridges, and translucent plastic frames. This retro-futuristic style – think Mad Max meets James Dean – is perfect for the fashion forward crowd. Off the runways at Fashion Week, round lens aviators stole the show with bloggers and celebrities displaying their street style. Orlando Bloom, Aaron Paul, and Robert Pattinson embrace their round lens aviators.
BROWLINES: Retro and Modern.
Traditional browline frames are updated with metal details, vibrant colors, textures, and architectural elements for spring. While the classic, retro 1950s shape of browlines remain the same, studded details and colored lenses add a modern touch to a familiar look. We’re particularly fond of blue browlines – embellished with a studded metal detail in the temple. NBA player Chris Paul, James Franco, and Ryan Gosling wear their retro browlines with confidence and style.
WAYFARERS: Timeless and Sporty.
Wayfarers are a must-have item for every man. It’s no surprise this timeless style has been popular with everyone from past presidents to stylish hipsters. This season, dual-tone acetate frames and keyhole accents add a sporty yet sophisticated twist to the beloved, classic wayfarer shape. Andy Samberg, Bradley Cooper, and director Cary Fukunaga are fans of this look.
Bold color patterns, exaggerated cat-eye frames, circular shapes and opaque acetate round up the hottest spring trends for 2016.
CAT-EYE: The Cat’s Meow.
Impossibly glamorous and always chic, cat-eye frames are exaggerated and improved this season with modern touches, embellishments, and crisp color choices to bring out the wild side. Keyhole and partial-rim frames offer a lively conversation and make for a sensational statement piece. A fashion favorite, oversized cat-eye shades never go out of style. Ciara, Chrissy Teigen, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley love their stylish shades.
PINK CAT-EYE: Tickled Pink.
See the world through rose-colored glasses? We do, too! Various shades of pink, like the aforementioned rose quartz, will be everywhere next year. What better way to accessorize an outfit than with some festive pink shades? We are in love with these partial-rim frames with pink browline detailing. They’re sure to stand out at any music festival – after all, Coachella 2016 isn’t that far off. Gwen Stefani, Alexa Chung, and Bella Thorne all look pretty in pink.
CLEAR: Opaque Acetate.
These aren’t your high school chemistry lab glasses. Opaque acetate frames, in a variety of hues, shapes, and transparencies, continue to be a popular trend for 2016. Streamlined, clean, and modern – clear frames are slightly updated this season with soft muted colors to add a feminine appeal. Favored amongst the A-list celebrity set, Reese Witherspoon and Gwyneth Paltrow showcase their street style in clear frames. For a high-fashion trendsetting look, add a tinted or mirrored lens finish like ‘It Girl’ model, Gigi Hadid.
CIRCULAR: Curves Ahead.
As showcased in the Wes Gordon Spring 2016 runway collection, circular glasses inspire a Winona Ryder-esque ’90s aesthetic. Can anyone say, Reality Bites? Round shades combined with bold patterns, animal prints, and fresh colors achieve a sense of edgy sophistication. Black and white combinations, marble frames, and new interpretations of classic tortoiseshell are some of the hottest patterns. We love this look on Dita Von Teese, Olivia Palermo, and Kendall Jenner.
Now that you’ve seen the latest looks off the runway, comment and tell us: what’s your favorite new style for spring?
A review of the hottest trends in eyewear for 2015.
As leaves begin to change colors and the smell of pumpkin spiced lattes fill the air, fashionistas, editors, models, bloggers, and celebrities alike are descending upon New York City in droves. The designer-clad crowds making their way to the runway tents in sunglasses and stilletos can only mean one thing – New York Fashion Week has officially begun!
Here at Zenni, we can’t wait to see what trends take the runways by storm. In anticipation of our favorite designers’ Spring/Summer 2016 collections, let’s review the hottest looks in eyewear for Fall 2015.
CIRCULAR – ROUND UP
From the runways of Paris to the Sahara tent at Coachella, rounded frames are everywhere in 2015. A modern take on the 1960s wire-rimmed teashades, à la John Lennon, these vintage-inspired circular frames evoke a sense of nostalgic whimsy. Trendsetters like Beyoncé, Jamie King, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Candice Swanepoel, all embrace the rocker look with round shades. Compliment your favorite circular frames with a pair of high-rise flared denim jeans, also set to be a fall fashion fave.
SQUARE – HIP TO BE SQUARE
A perennial fashion favorite, oversized square shapes are set to dominate the fashion runways this fall. Glamorous, mysterious and chic – square frames are synonymous with Jackie O’s legendary 70s style. Adorned by the likes of gorgeous supermodels, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Chrissy Teigen, and Miranda Kerr, it’s clear the fashion crowd loves the square look on and off the runway.
For a sleek look, the darker the better, try jet black square frames with dark tinted lenses. For a softer look, try a pair of warm brown tortoiseshell square frames with a gradient lens.
COLOR TRENDS – A POP OF COLOR
The top color trends this fall will range from near opaque to jet black. Cobalt, copper, gold, and brights round out the hottest color trends for 2015. Fashion tip: keep the frames simple and the outfits neutral – a pop of color will speak for itself.
Post vacation blues? Make a bold color statement with this deep blue hue. Alessandra Ambrosio, Jessica Alba, and Emma Roberts are fans of cobalt blue shades.
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This season, bright frames take center stage. Shine bright and stand out from the crowd in a colorful pair of frames.
Eye-catching and reflective, gold-rimmed frames are the perfect compliment to classic aviator style glasses. Gold frames are a celebrity favorite. Kate Hudson, Angelina Jolie, and Brad Pitt show off their gold frames, on and off the red carpet.
Crystal clear frames create a clean, modern look with a focus on the face. Combining a colorful mirrored lens lens with a clear acetate frame, like Olivia Palermo, can instantly add some stand-out style. Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Dornan opt for keeping it simple.
Sleek and chic, black is anything but basic. Model of the moment, Kendall Jenner is a fan of black on black shades in a variety of styles.
Forget orange, copper is the new black. Warm up your fall wardrobe with stylish frames in a reddish brown hue.
As Charles Eames once said, “The details are not the details. They make the design.” From preppy tortoiseshell to bold, mirrored styles in a myriad of colors, it’s all in the details this fall.
MIRRORED LENSES – RICH HUES AND JEWEL TONES
This year’s hottest trend, colored mirrored lenses are here to stay well into 2016. While silver and gold finishes are always a safe bet – rich hues and jewel toned finishes really stand out this season. Add an eye-catching sense of playfulness to any outfit with a purple, green, or blue mirrored lens finish.
WOOD FRAMES – AU NATURAL
Incorporate a natural element to your look with wood-inspired frames for fall. A popular trend with stylish folks who love the great outdoors, wood frames are an easy way to add texture to any ensemble.
TORTOISESHELL – PREP SCHOOL STYLE
Nothing says back to school – or reality – like the classic, refined, and timeless look of tortoiseshell. Take inspiration from a Wes Anderson flick for preppy style with a quirky twist. Or channel your inner Ernest Hemingway and go for a bookish look. Tortoiseshell frames are a subtle and easy way to show off your studious style.
Now that summer is winding down and Labor Day weekend feels like a distant memory, tell us what’s your favorite fall fashion trend?
Instagram may be filled with beautiful girls, but Miss Alissa stands out from the crowd with her enviable sense of style, a collection of stunning photography and an inspirational take on being true to yourself. She also just so happens to be a Zenni fan who’s been wearing our frames since 2011 after ordering two pairs and instantly falling in love with what Zenni has to offer. The admiration is mutual, so we reached out to this captivating model, actress and blogger to gain her insight on fashion, eyewear and making it in today’s modeling industry.
Zenni: Describe your personal style. What staples are in your closet? Where do you love to shop?
Alissa: My style is always changing, but I would say I am kind of tomboy chic. I love Dr. Martens, baggy jeans and baggy tops. My staples are definitely a good pair of worn-in boots and a loose white tee.
Zenni: Tell us about the shoot you did wearing Zenni glasses and the blog post you wrote on eyewear. What are your favorite eyewear styles?
Alissa: Favorite Zennis? I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 8, and I got contacts when I was 12. About three years ago, my eye doctor told me if I didn’t start wearing glasses, I would eventually go blind, because I was killing my eyes wearing contacts for 12-18 hours a day. It is so hard to find glasses that look good and are a decent price. My sister showed me Zenni, and we ordered a few… and became obsessed!!! My FAVORITE pair are discontinued – they are huge circle frames. I have them in black brown and neon green!
Zenni: We are actually working on bringing them back! Do you have a second pair that you love that we can share with our readers?
Alissa: My next fave would be frame 636412!
636412– the glasses featured in Alissa’s photoshoot!
Zenni: We know you credited Kiehl’s with saving your skin over the winter. What is your beauty routine? Any beauty tips you can offer? What products are in your makeup bag?
Alissa: I try EVERYTHING. I still get adult acne, and I’m starting to see wrinkles, so I just started Retin-A, which helps both. It’s kind of killing my skin though. I love oils (still using Kiehl’s nighttime oil). I also just started using RESCUE Skin, and I love that.
Zenni: Models have to be chameleons in many ways (hello, pink hair!) What is one look that you haven’t attempted yet that you think would be fun to try?
Alissa: I’m dying to cut l my hair off and do a pixie cut. It’ll happen soon!
Zenni: What advice would you offer to girls wanting to follow in your footsteps in this field?
Alissa: Be prepared to sacrifice everything. This career is not glamorous. I never know when my next job will be, I get paychecks for 36 cents (yep), and my schedule is always all over the place, so I miss out on a lot. You need to want this more than anything, because it will consume you!
Zenni: Any modeling tricks you can share? How can we look our best in photographs and daily life?
Alissa: Lighting is key! I always prop my phone against the window to get amazing light! Also, the self-timer mode is great!
A sneak peak at the hottest trends in eyewear for 2016. In case your Instagram feed hasn’t been bombarded with an endless parade of models wearing fabulous outfits - September is officially Fashion Month. Yes, month! New York Fashion W … [Read more]
A review of the hottest trends in eyewear for 2015. As leaves begin to change colors and the smell of pumpkin spiced lattes fill the air, fashionistas, editors, models, bloggers, and celebrities alike are descending upon New York City in … [Read more]
Instagram may be filled with beautiful girls, but Miss Alissa stands out from the crowd with her enviable sense of style, a collection of stunning photography and an inspirational take on being true to yourself. She also just so happens to be a Zenni … [Read more]