EYEWEAR CRUSH: GUCCI SS18 September 28 2017

Designer du jour, Alessandro Michele triggered an uneasy stir amongst his adoring audience at the Gucci SS18 show. His disparate collection was unveiled amidst distracting disco lights and dramatic club sounds, which worked to obscure the audience's perception of the nonchalantly styled 107 looks.

The show was more about the conjuring of a vibe, less about conforming to industry expectations, with reviewers struggling to describe the chimerical mishmash that flashed before them. That is, an anti-thematic exhibition of a mood, where the gloriously flamboyant (prints, sequins, shoulder pads, chinoiserie, logos galore and gaudy jewels) were wittily juxtaposed with 80s mom forgettables (kitsch knits, beige macs, prim skirt suits, and the mother of all faux pas’, The Shell Suit), all with a vague late 70s / early 80s undercurrent.

This difficult-to-define aesthetic extended to eyewear, which heavily featured. With a rebellious middle finger to wearability, there were joke shop proportion Lolita heart sunglasses and bladerunneresque bejewelled flat-tops. There were also 'naff chic' 70s cab driver aviators with vintage-hued lenses, and, our unexpected favourites - discoloured translucent glasses frames in clumsily large silhouettes.



Vintage Gucci ss18 sunglasses

 (Images courtesy of Vogue & WMag).






Palais Bulles / Bubble Palace

Vintage Round Glasses Frames by Anglo American

Palais Bulles / Bubble Palace

Architectural genius Antti Lovag built the iconic Palais Bulles based on his mantra that the straight line is an "aggression against nature". 

The first glasses frames to be produced in the late 1800s encased flawlessly round lenses; a practical shape with a simple production process.

The perfection and character in their aesthetic has kept them in style throughout the decades following their modest beginnings. Vintage versions from the 40s, 60s and 90s are notably bewitching.