Super Size Me
By Jamie Wilson
Monday, April 16, 2018 12:00 AM
Silhouettes from the 1960s and 1970s such as the oversized shaped frames worn by the likes of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Janis Joplin, Twiggy and even those larger styles beloved by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Oh, and of course, Iris Apfel and her fabulous new Barbie.
Right now, bigger is better, and frames with substance are in. While this theme is most apparent with sun styles, there are still optical looks that are going big. Silhouettes that make a statement are definitely trending. All of the larger than life glamour of past decades is back for a new age of wearers.
(Top to Bottom) Marcolin’s Emilio Pucci sun frame EP70 showcases a fresh, fun oversized look. Its large modified rectangular silhouette is elevated with its bold, eye-catching striped acetate design on the frame front. Blake Kuwahara’s Lazlo frame showcases the designer’s iconic “frame within a frame” construction. Featuring a black inner frame within a larger marbleized gray structure, it creates a unique oversized feel true to Kuwahara’s aesthetic. Luxottica’s Dolce and Gabbana frame DG2198 is quite the chameleon. The frame as a standalone is actually an oversized metal round—think Janis Joplin. However, this style can be accompanied by various clip-on rims. One clip-on features a different color or print on each side giving this frame the potential to carry three different looks with one clip. The plastic clip-on takes this frame from a thin metal round to a heftier appearing plastic, combination frame. If you’re familiar with Modo’s Derek Lam collection you know that the designer often takes inspiration from the 1970s, and its Charlotte frame is the perfect example. This super-sized, shield-like aviator is definitely a standout look. The large silhouette gives off an air of nostalgia with a modern twist that today’s wearers are drawn to.
Tiny and micro looks have had their moment in the sun, but it’s time for these oversized shapes to eclipse them. Bigger is definitely better when it comes to these exaggerated frame styles. From optical to sun, larger looks are making a comeback. With these super-sized frames coming in a variety of shapes, from rectangles and rounds to aviators and everything in between, there is bound to be an oversized look for a range of frame wearers to explore.