With summer beating down on us, sunglasses season is here. Whether you are a serial sunglasses wearer or simply looking for a pair for summer evenings spent outdoors, stylish shades are all around you to pick from. We see some of the best eyewear trends of 2022, and the brands that make them happen:
Make a way for tints, they are here to stay. Grey, yellow, orange, green, blue, red, pink, and even brown tints have found their way into men’s sunglasses frames. They are an example for brunches and excursions at sunsets.
Classics such as wayfarers and aviators are the safest bet and they never get old. For wayfarers, opt for classic frames with light brown gradient lenses, and for aviators, you have a wide option for coloured lenses.
THE BATTLE OF SHAPES
Round or square — geometric sunglasses are emerging as a major trend. It might sound tacky, but many of the subtler styles with softened corners and hexagonal frames are surprisingly wearable.
Wraparound shades are timeless, as well as one of the biggest eyewear trends of the moment. No matter how much we might want to believe that certain styles are beyond revival, sooner or later they make a comeback to the surface. In this case, it’s time for the sporty and aerodynamic shades.
Here are all the cool brands to pick from:
Crafted from injected material, the wraparound shape is revamped with new functional features, including the anti-fog front cuts and the anti-grip rubber coating on nose pads and end tips.
Gucci’s new eyewear collection traces an eclectic journey through diverse eras and aesthetics, mixing vintage memories with timeless heritage and a contemporary edge. A strong retro touch brings in silhouettes that reimagine the style of the ’50s with signature rivets and metal wire cores, while masculine aviator and caravan styles combine shaded acetate and metal in sleek colour contrasts.
Inspired by British music icons from the ’60s to the ’90s, Duhill’s latest collection embraces signature design accents synonymous with legendary artists of the time. Silhouettes and finishes reflect these distinctive decades, including angular rock and roll styles of the ’60s, vintage-inflected shapes of the ’80s, and rectangular acetate frames reminiscent of the ’90s rave scene.
Balenciaga has gotten a new shape, and we are here for it. The latest collection sees three different designs: Bat frames, which are made from injected bioplastic, Wrap sunglasses, and Lastly, the Dynasty sunglasses are characterised by a large, metallic, hollow BB logo that makes up the front part and hinge of each thick acetate temple.
Consistently the most reliable and stylish sunglasses on offer, Ray-Ban is a household brand for good reason. The Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Classics are the most recognisable in the history of sunglasses. After its initial design in 1952, these classic pieces have been flaunted by Hollywood film-makers, musicians, and artists.
Arnette has launched its latest collection with singer Zayn Malik. An ongoing creative collaboration, the collection is a whole new take on sustainable eyewear. With five edgy, yet easy-to-wear styles named after iconic retro cars, the collection has innovative bio-acetate and iconic metal shapes that take us on a ride from the ’80s inspired graphics into an experimental dimension of a new world. All of them are marked out with graphic Z lens logos, each pair reflects the singer’s signature approach to style.