Retrospective: Upswept Eyeglasses

History is said to repeat itself and we see that in eyewear trends. The Harlequin look is the Cat-Eye (1940’s) and the Upswept lens look from Solamar is back.

One look is that has come back is the over the top lens look. We first see the look in Sol Amor’s sunglasses circa 1945. Pointy lenses make a dramatic statement.

1950's Sol Amor Eyewear Image: Moss Lipow, The Eyewear Blog

1950’s Sol Amor Eyewear Image: Moss Lipow, The Eyewear Blog

Neostyle eyewear known for high style, relaunched their version of the look, abet not with the lens. An translucent acetate bar is attached to a sweeping metal brow line. The collection was known as EOS (goddess of the dawn) and was available in the late 1990’s.

1996 Neostyle EOS

1996 Neostyle EOS

In 2010 Louis Vuitton, expanded on the look with a cat-eye shape and even more daring acetate brow line, with Louis Vuitton engraved on the top bar.

2010 Louis Vuitton Sunglass Style Ella

2010 Louis Vuitton Sunglass Style Ella

In another interpretation, Eyewear designer Linda Farrow for Walter Van Beirendonck in 2010 a collaboration had pointed upswept lenses were over yummy colored square frames.

Linda Farrow and Walter an Beirendonck 2010

Linda Farrow and Walter van Beirendonck 2010

2014, catwalk style for Fall Winter, Christian Dior’s sunglasses went back to the huge oversized lens over the top bar. Shapes was oval until Fall- Winter 2014-14.

dior sunglass

Christian Dior Fall Winter 2014

Fall Winter 2014-15 Christian Dior sunglass appeared to be a combination of the Sol Amor and their own iconic vintage looks.

2013- 2014

2013- 2014

2014-Christian-Dior

2015: The look continues forward with indie brands such as Massada.

2015 Massada Big Maine

2015 Massada Big Maine

2015: Bespoke and 3D Eyewear designer, Tom Davies launches his TD Tom Davies version of the upsweep lens.

2015 Tom Davies

2015 Tom Davies

2015- 2016: Italian eyewear company, Essedue Sunglasses look encompasses an acetate cat-eye shape with a lens layer. The lens is round with a bite out of it to make the upsweep.

Essedue Sunwear

Essedue Sunwear

2016: UK based Spitfire, look is in acetate zyl. A sporty look with a peeping tom  lens set behind the frame

Over-Spitfiree-1

 

2016 Solamar 1946  Releases their updated look called Elisa.

2016 Solamar

2016 Solamar

What is old is new again, everything that comes goes around comes around again. These Exemplary Eyewear looks will never go out of style.

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