From exotic colorations to intriguing use of materials for frames, eyewear has still got the bug for all things natural and nature-inspired.
As well as an ongoing trend for a palette of calming greens, bright marine blues and earthy browns - tones of olive and soft sage, forest green, emerald tones as well as natural brown tones of almond, acorn and cocoa, and Pacific Ocean blues, the frame creators are playing with natural textures, and smooth and rough surfaces which imitate the natural world.
Maui Jim Honi 758 Bifocal Reading Sunglasses
Nature inspiration is at the heart of Maui Jim, the sunglasses brand which was born on the beaches of Maui. Many of their styles are named after flowers and plants, and details such as lens colors reflect the natural Hawaiian scenery. The 758 Sunglasses by Maui have a sensational lens tone inspired by the colors of a dramatic setting sun.
Kate Spade Alexane-S Progressive No Line Reading Sunglasses
At Kate Spade, the Alexane reading sunglasses features sprays of flowers on an elegant, oversized frame front. The frame is perfectly in tune with a trend for “flower power” inspiration that trickles into Autumn apparel and dresses and blouses in go-to-prints.
Natural fruit and vegetable tones have become an increasingly popular focus for colorful eyewear, with soft peach, olive and vanilla tones featuring across collections, while classic floral hues such as rose and petal patterns on temples and end tips reflect femininity and a delicacy of style. Temples are a focal point for decorative elements. Perfect examples include the floral-patterned, tone-on-tone temples of Kate Spade’s model Liliana. Prada’s PR 62UV in beige-pink is also a fit with this mood of naturalness, a palette of vanilla and neutral “latte” tones and a smart yet soft elegance in women’s daywear and smart or casual business wear.
Sea and sand tones provide a palette that is cool and elegant for both men and women. A love for nature and the varied colors of both sea and sky play out in the delicate styles at Koali, a brand that is deeply influenced by the flora and fauna of our lively world. Made in France, the Koali frames are decorative yet discreet, and have a natural balance of material and color which provides a beautiful elegance and smart yet timeless style. Koali 20004K in violet and black has a decorative metal rim on the upper section of the front, which has the appearance of a natural texture of a leaf or petals while Koali 8196K offers delicate natural patterns and lines within the frame.
For variations in textures and finishes, inspired by all kinds of natural materials from wood and stone to sand and crystal, the materials in eyewear are adaptable and chic. Among the season’s favorites are the textured wood-look designs such as the man’s style Rodenstock 420 which comes in the aptly named “brown” layered, and some of the metallic polished finishes such as the shiny pale gold of the Ralph Lauren 5111.
One of eyewear’s ‘timeless’ favorites, the classically stylish tortoise prints – which originate from the elegant mottled patterns of the natural material, reproduced in acetate and other eyewear materials, will always be explored in new colorations and variants. Ray-Ban proposes a version in a yellow Havana (Ray-Ban 2186) which highlights color contrasts in a Wayfarer-inspired frame. For a more contemporary take, Goo Goo Eyes offer the 894 with a delicate “soft floral’ pink contrast that is modern and feminine, and luminous on skin tones for Fall.