It has been nearly a year since the pandemic really kicked off in Europe. It is crazy to think that a year has gone by and life as we know it now has become the norm. Many businesses had to move swiftly to adapt and back in September 2020, all the fashion capitals had to move all shows online. This season, there is no different, all shows are online but with some brands choosing to take a step back.

So, what  eyewear trends can we expect to see for A/W 2021? I have been scrolling through all the designers that were presenting during London Fashion Week which took place last week. I have to admit, it was harder to spot eyewear trends because

  1. Less designers were showcasing online
  2. A/W is always harder to spot eyewear because normally designers tend to put eyewear for Spring/ Summer show
  3. Many designers didn’t do a catwalk show and instead opt to do a presentation instead. In general, with presentation eyewear are seen less on models compared to a catwalk show.

I only managed to spot two trends for this season of LFW A/W21. They are, the protective shades and the square. As a side trend, lightly tinted lens are here to stay for another season.

Protective Shades

First up, the protective shades. We have seen these before in previous seasons as the shield shade and this one may well be sticking around a bit longer due to the ongoing pandemic. Wearers want to feel protected whilst maintaining a stylish look. However, in previous seasons, we were seeing more shield shades made from acetate or other types of plastic. For this season, we are seeing an evolution of this. Moving away from plastic and going towards metal. Again, this may be triggered by the pandemic, as people are more conscious of our surroundings and the environment.

Victoria Beckham LFW A/W21

Victoria Beckham LFW A/W21

Jenn Lee LFW A/W21

Jenn Lee LFW A/W21

The Square

The name is pretty self explanatory. Square shaped eyewear is nothing new but for this season, they have made it bigger and more obvious it is a square, less of a rounded square with sharper edges and straighter lines. If you don’t fancy the full on protective shade look, this could be the solution and can also work well for optical styles.

Carlota Barrera LFW A/W21

Carlota Barrera LFW A/W21

Dunhill LFW A/W21

Dunhill LFW A/W21

Helen Anthony LFW A/W21

Helen Anthony LFW A/W21

Tinted Please

Finally, why did I say tinted shades are a side trend? That is because due to the pandemic, people may well opt in to wear their eyewear a lot more as another protective layer. However, a full on dark tinted lens may not be as practical for indoors. Therefore, a lightly tinted lens is the answer, chic whilst feeling safe. From the protective shade images shown above, one is lightly tinted and the others, not at all. So, from this we can see that these type of lenses may become more popular until the pandemic settles.

Jenny Peckham LFW A/W21

Jenny Peckham LFW A/W21

Personally, I think until the pandemic settles it may be harder to spot any real outstanding trends.  This is because I think the focus right now for many people is not about fashion and trends, it is about surviving and prioritising what is important. The pandemic will change many people’s behaviours and views, therefore this will also impact future trends on a mass scale. Some changes are already happening but we will have to see whether some or all of them pick up momentum. Watch this space.

Note: Featured image is not from LFW. It is from Unslpash by Armen Aydinyan