Many of the first eyeglasses were rimless. Drill four holes put in a bridge and two temples and there was your eyeglasses. Then came the invention of the nylon cord which wrapped the lenses to the frame, that started around 1960. The next revolution was the Rimless Faceted Polaris eyeglasses in the 1970’s- 1980’s. Both revolutionized rimless one for a fashion look and the other was functionality.
In the 1990’s rimless was still around, Silhouette revolutionized rimless with a titanium frame and screw-less hinge. Very popular styling with a myriad of colors and shapes .
Several things happened over the last five years. 1.) Customization. We want our own thing, we want to be designers, we want to be unique. With a full rimless eyeglass we could get any shape we desire. With new technology, the ability to shape our accessories is easier than ever. 2.) With Runway fashion and sites like Pinterest and Instgram, we now can see endless possibilities to style. As Designers strive to stand out, their eyewear becomes more spectacular.
Marni in Spring Summer 2013 full rimless were a triangular shape using screws .
Felder Felder, Fall Winter 2014 showed us via Silhouette, how to make a full rimless into a colored eyeglass. You would never guess this was a full rimless.. and the worksmanship!
Spring Summer 2015 Thomas Taitt extreme cat-eye is a clear rimless. Even the tints are custom.
One designer we look forward to is Thom Browne. His Spring Summer 2015 launched a floral blob in mirrored colors.
On a tamer look, Desigual Ready to Wear Spring 2015 rimless design was a red heart in custom flash coated. Note the blue tint on the bottom of the lens .
Stars and Hearts were the motif for Giamba for Spring Summer 2016. Two different shapes with two different flash mirror coatings and tints.
Silhouette Eyewear in a collab with Todd Synder’s Spring Summer 2016. Double bar rimless set with charcoal coloring is another winner.
Silhouette didn’t stop there…. Wes Gordon for Silhouette round rimless look also for Spring Summer 2016
Even Chanel came in rimless with a onesie look. Blue-Purple flash mirror coating with a grid underlay.
In another surprise move, Chanel’s Ready to Wear Fall-Winter 2016 brings back the drill mount faceted frame. If this looks familiar.. Remake of Luxottica (who has the licensing for Chanel Eyewear) faceted look from the 1990’s.
Large and round, (don’t try this with a high prescription) Giambattista’s Fall Winter 2016 line up.
Futuristic looks are a another trend. Yellow lenses add to the look in this geometric-cat-eye-shape.
Another cat-eye but with the temple zig-zagging across the lens.
Rimless again showed up on runways for Spring-Summer 2017.
In investigating this trend further, we found eyecare professional around the world that can do this type of work. Dream Optical in Lakewood, California who does custom rimless work.
Then we found Leggerissimi out of Italy who is doing some custom work.
And Tom’s Design from Germany. His collections are separated into three categories, Classic, Avante-Garde and Schmuck.
Micromega from Venice Italy is also creating statement pieces
Get your rimless one and go create some great looks.