On the Scene at Vision Expo: Here's What's Next in Specs & Sunnies

A #VisionExpo #Selfie

I'm a regular contact lens wearer but in recent months, I've been experimenting more and more with eyewear. After all, glasses can be a killer way to freshen up your look, or to add interest and contrast to an outfit. And after a visit to Vision Expo, the annual eyewear trade and trends show held at the Javits Center in New York, I'm reminded that what I find most interesting is that the trends in eyewear aren't specific to sunglasses - these days, you can also find specs in memorable shapes and colors, and with truly incredible, statement-making details.

At Vision Expo, I was not only able to explore all of the latest trends in eyewear, I also caught up with style expert Jenn Falik, who was on the scene to chat trends and key takeaways. If you're planning to add eyewear or a new pair of sunnies (or two!) to your accessories wardrobe this season, here's what you'll want to look for:

  • Unique details and slight embellishment, like the tiny baby pyramid studs seen here on the nose bridge of these Balmain

  • Statement brow bars, a la the fur-trim Givenchy seen here, or the Valentino Rockstud sunnies seen above

  • Printed frames or, in dramatic juxtaposition, clear ones - seen on both eyeglasses and shades. I particularly liked the fun and affordable Kensie version below.

Truth be told, there were too many pairs of eyewear to love at Vision Expo to recount in a single post, but I will say that a few brands REALLY stood out - among them, Balmain's statement-making eyewear and sunwear, the new (to me?) collection of frames from 3.1 Phillip LimEté's exotic wood frame specs and the luxe French collection, Face à Face. I'll also be keeping my eyes peeled for frames by Selima for celebrity stylist, June Ambrose, who also has a great-looking collection of shoes launching at HSN this Spring.

If you have any favorite eyewear brands that I may have missed, leave a comment below, or tweet me @eye4style. And for updates on all things eyewear, visit the Eyecessorize blog, and follow my friends at @eyecessorize on Twitter!

While this post was produced in partnership with Vision Expo, all opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.