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More is More: Ultra-Luxe Sunglasses Are Back in Style

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Fashion trends come and go, but some have true staying power. One of these, of course, is the maximalist style. Elle’s piece on fashion trends recently highlighted this hot topic, citing some over-the-top and impractical designs from Duran Lantink’s inflatable denim to Christian Cowan’s giant fur balls. While it can be argued that fashion designers love dramatic silhouettes, the fashion industry has become increasingly eager to push the boundaries of fashion design.

While maximalist fashion often focuses on wacky prints and over-the-top detail, the philosophy applies to eyewear. As brands and manufacturers continue to innovate, modern eyewear models, like sunglasses, are no stranger to pronounced shapes and designs. In this post, we’ll look at how the maximalist fashion trend is impacting the sunglasses market.

Larger, chunkier shapes

One of the defining traits of maximalist eyewear, of course, is that they are considerably oversized than regular eyeglass shapes and designs. Among the many luxury fashion brands experimenting with this “more is more” design philosophy is Dolce and Gabbana. Today, Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses like the DG6192 and the DG2305 capitalize on these exaggerated sizes, matched with thick and chunky arms to frame and highlight the wearer’s face, helping them stand out in a crowd. These playful lens sizes and shapes are often paired with bold colors or prints, like the DG6192’s blue colorway or the DG2305’s retro light gold.

One of the best ways to style these oversized lenses is to contrast the busy silhouettes with simpler clothing. Large lenses, for example, can look good with plain t-shirts and simple outerwear. At the same time, more is more, so you can take your styling a step further by pairing bold luxe shades with equally bold garments, whether by matching bright colors together or contrasting them against each other.

Bringing back bling

Aside from shape and size, luxury fashion brands have also warmed up to certain decorative items like diamonds, gold, and sparkles. Italian luxury fashion house Fendi is no stranger to diamonds, with Delettrez Fendi named Artistic Director of Jewelry for the fashion house in 2020. In January 2024, the brand debuted unique, sculpted silhouettes framed by diamonds. These Fendi glasses also feature futuristic silhouettes that hug and accentuate the wearer’s cheekbones and ridges of the nose. This dramatic silhouette is also credited to artistic director Kim Jones’ love for the sci-fi film franchise Star Wars.

You can pair your diamond shades with dark garments to bring out the glam of bling-framed sunglasses. This juxtaposition in styling will put all the emphasis on your facial area and eyes and let your sunglasses be the highlight of your overall look. Thanks to the texture that the diamonds bring out, you can pair diamond-studded frames with printless fabrics so you don’t look too busy.

Lightweight avant-garde

Finally, while we’ve been emphasizing how bigger is better, there are ways to experiment and introduce playful silhouettes by going lightweight. Danish eyewear brand Lindberg, founded 37 years ago, is an excellent example of this, as it blends old and timeless designs from traditional eyewear with an avant-garde playfulness. Lindberg’s designs may look simple from afar, but the brand cleverly uses titanium frames and innovates through a screwless spiral hinge solution to prevent screws loosening from more traditional eyewear designs. For example, the brand’s take on the all-too-familiar Aviator silhouette features sharper angles than the conventional teardrop lenses.

In contrast to the more explicit maximalist designs covered above, styling more lightweight sunglasses requires more from your outfit. Instead of dressing too simply or wearing plain colors, this is the time to play with patterns and experiment with more elaborate silhouettes, like shoulder pads or baggier pants, for a stylish, more-is-more look.

If fashion is your thing, you’ll find our recent piece titled Meyba Teams Up with The Beatles for Exclusive Fashion Collection interesting.

Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        

Mick Pacholli
Mick Pachollihttps://www.tagg.com.au
Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        
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