Our very own Sophie Boulanger has recently been traipsing around Milan, seeking some style inspiration and scoping out all the upcoming trends for you guys. This week, I sat down with her to discuss her trip and some of the style bombs we can expect to be coming our way in terms of eyewear for Spring 2013 and beyond! Here are some of the highlights from our interview:
B: WHAT MAKES MILAN SUCH SOURCE OF INSPIRATION FOR YOU?
Sophie: “Well, it’s where everything happens. Everyone in fashion seems to converge in Milan so just walking on the streets you see this crazy fashion inspiration. On top of that, Italians have this sense of style and beauty above and beyond other places and it is reflected into everything they do.”
B: WHAT DID YOU GET UP TO DURING YOUR TIME IN MILAN? GIVE US A COUPLE HIGHLIGHTS.
Sophie: “I attended one of the major international eyewear tradeshows. It’s really the place to see all the trends and new developments in the world of eyewear! Also, whenever I’m in Milan, I always take some time to go wander around the Duomo area and Via Montenapoleone, to just immerse myself in the crowd. With all the greatest shops in the world, it’s impossible not to get inspired!”
B: SO DISH. WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE THIS SPRING IN TERMS OF EYEWEAR?
Sophie: First of all, expect lots of color and texture! Also, the oversized sunglasses trend is definitely not going anywhere, and we are seeing some new shapes emerging—moregeometric and structured. The classic cateye shape is still in full force as well. Another really interesting trend that I noticed developing is to add embellishments. I love this because it can be creative, fun DIY project!
B: ANY OTHER UPCOMING TREND TIP-OFFS FOR US?
Sophie: I am happy to report that eyewear is definitely making its mark more and more as a fashion accessory, much in the same manner as jewelry. So don’t be afraid to make your eyewear the focal point of your outfit. Experiment with shapes and colours and don’t be afraid to be a little bolder than you normally would. With prescription eyewear becoming more and more affordable, the time has come to show your true colors!
So let’s recap then. Sophie has outlined three exciting upcoming trends on the eyewear scene for us:
Have your voice heard: What are some of your favourite fashion hubs? Where does your style information come from?
Until next time,
Stay beautiful and keep smiling!