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Spring Eyewear Trends: Mixed Materials, Vintage Reinterpretations

The annual MIDO eyewear fair in Milan has wrapped and the trend report is in: expect to see plenty of mixed materials and vintage-inspired looks for spring 2017.

From WWD:
Mixed materials such as contrasting acetates; metal; leather, and wood in surprising reinterpretations of vintage and classic shapes were the main trends to emerge in spring 2017 eyewear at the MIDO fair here.

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BUY: Prada Bead-Embellished Sunglasses, $790.00

Round, cat-eye, Wayfarer, half-rimmed and aviator shapes were evident throughout collections. Natural materials, like real marble and wood, merged with technological innovation, such as lamination with flexible materials to render them practical, slim, strong and comfortable. Whether precious (like buffalo horn) or precious looking (like high-quality acetate that mimicked tortoise shell or mother-of-pearl), nature-inspired aesthetics gained traction. Architectural or sculptural contemporary frames harnessed 3-D printing techniques, while new technologies pioneered augmented vision, facial fit and even mental focus.

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BUY: Garrett Leight x Thierry Lasry #3, $450.00

Thierry Lasry introduced metal for the first time among its futuristic-vintage, thick acetate frames. Double metal wire fronts replicated the silhouette of signature acetate shapes, and metal was also integrated into collage frames made of mixed materials, colors and textures. Limited-edition lines were made of decades-old stocks of Mazzucchelli acetate.

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BUY: Shwood Titanium and Wood Sunglasses, $189.00

Oregon’s Shwood eyewear, known for wooden frames and whose retailers include Nordstrom and Saks, is continuing to experiment with cross-sectioned resins packed with natural materials, like shells or pine cones, collecting enough cactus skeletons to create a limited edition of about 100 pairs. Meanwhile, improved construction techniques for wood laminate frames resulted in lighter, stronger frames that allowed new design elements like bridge contours to be incorporated.

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