Words by Lewis Robert Cameron. Forget bags, there’s a new statement accessory for you to cling to as bold and dramatic eyewear makes a major comeback in an assortment of odd shapes, contrasting sizes and enticing colour palettes to revamp your wardrobe and your face. Think modern classics alongside the eccentric and the extravagant, let those Elton John vibes in and live your best eye life, as we at KALTBLUT explore five brands making eyewear eye-catching again.
An ode to the 90s fashion revival, handmade in premium acetate and designed in London, these revamped takes on a classic style and print in warm tortoiseshell provide a modern and sleek update to a chic and iconic design. Featuring a laser-cut gold plate plague on the side, the frames are chunky but funky in all the rights places with a side of smoke or ombre lens to back them up.
Always undeniably on-trend, high-street haven TOPSHOP delivers on all things cool, youthful and rebellious with their slimline designs in pointed, metallic frames and angular catwalk inspired styles, catering to the fast-fashion hypers, street-styling and insta-living Millenials making their mark with strong eye games and an eye-catching caption to boot. #theshadeofitall
Clear plastic frames are one of the biggest eyewear trends right now, throw in a contrasting coloured lens and you have yourself a lewk Henny. Transparent styles allow the wearer to make a subtle statement with their eyewear, keeping the focus on their outfit and making those big blue puppies pop. Italian brand WEST EYEWEAR combines retro shapes with modern colours and eccentric, quirky frames ticking all the relevant boxes to fulfil all the eye goals.
Large and in charge, Moscow founded and internationally stocked FKSHM takes the term Visor to a whole other level and we are living for it. Inspired by cyberpunk, computer games and Japanese animation these cutting edge, contemporary designs are avant-garde referencing retrofuturism all about exploring materials, new forms and innovative technologies. Not to mention they are shit hot. Especially the flame side frames. Fire.
Category is…Shade. Whether its Elton John, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Audrey Hepburn or Anna Wintour, Beyond Retro is serving us vintage with a slice of the modern. This bitch is bold and beautiful with retro-inspired styles throwing us all the way back to the 60s,70s and 80s, feeding us oversized, theatrical realness, obscure shapes, glitter frames and playful detailing in every single pair available. Tens, tens, tens across the board.