Over the summer we saw the decline of the so-called geek glasses, as chunky, dark acetate frames finally stopped appearing on European catwalks, and subsequently on the faces of celebrities and the fashion elite. In their place we saw the re-appearance of aviator-shaped glasses and sunglasses, with thin, steel or titanium frames experiencing a boost in popularity.
Of course, nothing lasts forever, and with winter quickly on the way we can expect an influx of new trends and styles. But, it would seem aviators aren’t going anywhere, with the 1970s and 1990s influences still holding strong on the AW catwalks. Good news then for anyone who owns the original Ray-Ban glasses, or indeed any of the current thin-framed offerings from Gucci or Balenciaga.
It’s not only the 70s trend that aviators are tied into, they also play nicely into the growing desire for oversized fashion. According to Tom Broughton, founder of Cubitts, the pared back, slender aviators are most in demand – the opposite of the geek glasses trend that seemed popular for so long. Whether or not they’re gone for good, however, is up for debate. “I don’t agree that thick-rimmed frames are dead”, says Broughton, “Although there is a lot of interest in thin, wire-framed shapes, heavy frames still have a lot of appeal.”
So it may be too early to throw away your chunky acetate frames and replace them with thin-framed aviators, but it’s certainly worth investing in a pair of Ray Bans or lightweight Gucci frames to fit in with the current AW trends.