Sunglasses are big this season. Literally. Oversized statements of glamour are what Oklahoma City women are shopping for in shades, said Ryan Bowling, part owner of Black Optical in Classen Curve.
It’s all about hybrid shapes, he said, such as roundish lenses that point upward in the corner, similar to, but more subtle than, a cat-eye style.Lens designers are using beautiful layered acetates to create interesting color and design effects on frames.
Retro browline frame styles, similar to the Malcolm X spectacle, with heavy black or colored plastic on the top rims and metal on the bottom, are popular for men and women, Bowling said.
Gayle Gordon, owner of Gordon Stewart in Nichols Hills, carries strictly Chanel sunglasses. Her clients, who typically are a bit more traditional, stray from trends and prefer the moderate-size Chanel styles, with round colorful frames and insignias, including the traditional interlocked “C” logo, crystal flowers and the newest bow insignia.
She and Bowling agree that sport shades are popular among men and women this season. She’ll carry Chanel’s new sport frame fashioned in soft, matte rubber, black on the outside with a white Chanel insignia on the temples. Inside the temples is a quilted white rubber that’s easily cleaned.
The Chanel sport glasses are polarized, so they’re great for outdoor wear and help eliminate glare from the sun off water and other surfaces.
For innovative materials, Bowling said a Berlin-based company, Mykita Mylon, is paving the way for the future of lightweight designs that look substantial, similar to the acrylic commonly used in glasses. The company uses a process called Selective Laser Sintering, which works by layering a super-fine polyamide powder.
Sport-meets-fashion is the trend for guys especially, Bowling said, “so he can go from the office to his soccer match or tennis match or a round of golf in the same pair of glasses.”
Look for color, pattern, unusually shaped lenses and, most of all, a frame that fits your face and expresses your personal style.
Oklahoma City Thunder player Russell Westbrook is a great example of styling glasses, both sunglasses and clear, though he doesn’t need a prescription. In fact, clear, prescription-free lenses are a popular fashion trend now, and Westbrook embraces it. Often he has popped out his clear lenses — the glasses photograph much better that way.
“Eyewear is all about personal style,” Bowling said. “There may be trends this season or next — fashion often kind of fades one season to the next — but personal style lasts forever.”