4SEE has been on the lookout for the best and brightest new eyewear to hit the market this spring and summer, visiting tradeshows across the globe to bring you our editorial picks from Opti, Mido, and Vision Expo East, as well as exclusive press events. With something for everyone, but only the best of, you’re sure to find that perfect fit that combines function, fashion, and of course a healthy dose of fun.

Key trends to look out for are the Visor Revival with heavily shielded shades and Bare Essentials with stripped down and stylish offerings that hit the mark. There is also a growing range of transparent colored lenses to choose from so you can really suit your own style. New for this season are a number of Oval, New Geometric, and Logomania frames you can see in our roundup.

Update: On the Horizon – New technologies are making the impossible possible. We first covered the possibilities for combining augmented reality and eyewear in 2017 with our “Eyes on the Future.” Since then, the concept has really taken off, and so many new developments are about to hit the mass-market. One particularly exciting example is Focals by Canadian eyewear startup North. What makes their high-tech glasses so appealing is that they come in a stylish shape and the technology is so well integrated into the frames that you barely notice it is there. A sign of good things to come in this field. The way we think about nature and sustainability is also constantly evolving; enabling better materials to make eyewear more ecologically friendly. Biodegradable frames and lenses, modular frames, locally and renewably sourced materials, and more are among the new wave of glasses to pick up on this important factor. Issue 11 the WILD ISSUE comes out this fall and will feature a full run-down of what you need to know and where you can go to get on this trend that also helps our planet.

Accessories make it easy to update your look and glasses are no exception. We at 4SEE curated the biggest trends in eyewear from your favorite designers through independent brands in these current attention-getting styles: aviators, sports, skinny, the original, craftsmanship and acetate. Click through for our favorites ahead.

Aviators
Not just rehashing the past but boldly looking into the future, Aviators take us to bold new places.

Sports
Performance and fashion combine in sportswear-inspired frames that are set to have a major comeback.

Skinny
These skinny frames still manage to bat above their weight to pack a substantial style punch.

Original
Bending our notion of what eyewear can be, these intrepid designs take our understanding of accessory to a whole new level.

Craftsmanship
Combining finely tuned techniques and refined aesthetics, handmade and authentic characteristics are on full display.

Acetate
Form, pattern, and shape combine in creative new ways to work with this material, and acetate has never looked better.

SPRING STYLE TRENDS CURATED BY 4SEE

Every spring, 4SEE previews the latest eyewear releases from established and emerging eyewear designers to bring you the latest trends that are setting the tone for spring style. Extravagant creations that are literally out of this world, the super trendy slim cat eyes that influencers are wearing, vintage-inspired frames that send us on a sweet nostalgia trip, and a youthful and exuberant yellow that has got us jumping for joy—these four major trends are set to be the shape of things to come for spring and beyond.

EXTRAVAGANT

clockwise from top: D&G, Dsquared2, Giorgio Armani, Emilio Pucci, D&G

Extravagant looks take us out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary. Showcasing the best that designers have to offer when their imagination is unleashed, these frames and their exaggerated design elements are full on fantastic. Because hey, who doesn’t need a little fun and fantasy in their life sometimes?

SLIM CAT-EYES

clockwise from top: Prada, Andy Wolf, Prada, Alain Mikli

Slim cat eyes have been a real trend inspiration this past season and with so many top brands releasing their take on the stylish shape there are more options than ever to choose from. The retro and sort of cyber style is surprisingly versatile and adds a youthful edge to any look. Plus you can peak over the frames to give a knowing wink when you need to!

VINTAGE INSPIRED

clockwise from top: CoblensKomono, Grey AntBarton Perreira, Jacque Marie Mage

The vintage revival is in full swing, with designers looking back to look forward and combining color stories and shapes from the past with the latest lightweight materials and design innovations for the best of both worlds.

JUMP INTO YELLOW

clockwise from top: Courreges, Dior, Etnia Barcelona, Victoria Beckham

If we had to pick just one color to venture into this spring it would be yellow big time. It is a bold choice but it also conveys a strong confidence. And with yellow being so on trend there are so many ways to rock it, from the subtle tinted lenses on Victoria Beckham’s frames to a bright and cheerful yellow acetate on Etnia Barcelona’s frames or even the must-have Dior visor.

KOREAN SENSATION

In our latest issue of 4SEE for Spring 2018 we featured Seoul, Korea as the must-see travel destination for 2018. With so much going on in Korea these days it is no wonder that all eyes are on the up and coming and established eyewear designers from the region. Combining quality craftsmanship with cutting edge design, brands like Gentle Monster, Irresistor, Frank Custom, Muzik, Accrue, and Projekt Produkt are making their mark on fashion and placing Korea firmly on the map for eyewear.

 

 

 

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