Thursday, July 5

Spectacle Summer Trends 2012: Vintage & Classics With a Twist

Trends come and go; they say hello and they say goodbye but nobody likes goodbyes so how about a trend that stays and remains timeless? Spectacle’s summer trends are focused on vintage and classic frames that have a little “umph” in them to maintain that  classic yet edgy and modern look.

Oliver Peoples Sheldrake

The Oliver Peoples Sheldrake frame is a classic-modern twist on a vintage round frame, which in fact, was inspired by Andy Warhol. The transparent champagne acetate colour, paired with a vintage rose tint lens is the perfect summer mix that goes well with a nice summer tan. Many shy away from round frames but please don’t— a rounded or more oval shaped face works well with a round frame as it tends to follow the contours of the face; making it look more natural and soft. A face blessed with strong features and jaw lines also benefit from a round frame as it contrasts well, giving off a more soft and edgy look with a bit of a statement.

Oliver Peoples Mande

The Oliver Peoples Mande frame is a ultra feminine sunglass that was inspired by the 1950’s retro fashion with a style savvy woman in mind. Handcrafted with substantial, rounded acetate and an upswept cat-eye look, this fierce frame is made to turn heads. The new amber tortoise/buff gradient colour is a rockin’ colour combo for the summertime. Plus, anything with an upswept cat-eye gives the illusion of an instant facelift— huge bonus for the ladies!

Thierry Lasry Platony

Thierry Lasry takes a very unique, fresh, avant-garde approach to sunglasses especially in the new Thierry Lasry Platony (V011) vintage frame. It is based off of the concept of “futuristic-vintage” as they utilized vintage designs and colour palettes, while incorporating an updated modern touch with such ease and elegance. These pastel colour blotches are made for summer and are made to brighten any outfit. All handmade in France, Thierry Lasry frames are guaranteed with the best materials and are made to last for many summers to come.

Mosley Tribes Lyndel

Everyone has the staple wayfarer sunglass but how about one with a twist? The Mosley Tribes Lyndel frames bumps it up a notch with a retro-inspired acetate frame, crafted in an angular plastic cut to hit all the contours of the jaw line. The keyhole nose bridge also accentuates the soft contoured lens shape and is best for hugging the nose; giving it a more tailored feel. The Mosley Tribes Lyndel frames are one you can’t go wrong with— it’s an easy wear type of frame that makes the men look more handsome and the females looking edgy. Try them in a forest green matte finish and I promise it’ll go with that summer tan!

Garrett Leight Harding

Have you heard of frames that are vintage mixed with classic mixed with a twist times three? Well, now you have! Garrett Leight’s Harding frames are part aviator, part wayfarer, and part round and are inspired by the playwright, Arthur Miller. This three-way mix has got to be a must-have frame for the summer and one that’ll make any male and female too hot for the heat to handle!

ic! berlin raf s.

You can’t go wrong with the classic aviator! The ic! Berlin raf s. are the perfect summer pair to stand the heat— the spring steel helps to maximize flexibility and strength to hold up to all your summer adventures! Classic aviators are one of the easiest frames to throw on and go about your day whether your dressed up or dressed down. 
Garrett Leight Hampton
Oliver Peoples NDG

Another way to stay classic with a twist is adding these amazing, practical clip-on or flip-up sun glass lenses to your own prescription glasses! Here we have the classic round Garrett Leight Hampton frame with a black matte finish clip on; and the classic retro matte black Oliver Peoples NDG (Nom de Guerre collaboration) with the flip-up clip on. Pretty snazzy, eh?

Come check out these and more Summer 2012 shades at Spectacle! 

Written by Christina Cheng, Frame Stylist with Spectacle & Freelance Journalist