Rambunctious Rimless Eyewear

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.

Vintage Luxottica combination drill mount and faceted frame. 1980's. Image AllynScura. com

Vintage Luxottica combination drill mount and faceted frame. 1980’s. Image AllynScura. com

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 .

Marni SS14

Marni SS14- Image Credit Unknown

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!

Felder and Felder 2014

Felder and Felder FW2014; Image courtesy of Silhouette

Felder Felder via Silhouette FW 2014

Felder Felder via Silhouette FW 2014

Spring Summer 2015 Thomas Taitt extreme cat-eye is a clear rimless. Even the tints are custom.

Thomas Taitt SS15

Thomas Taitt SS15

Thomas Tat SS 15

Thomas Tait SS 15

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Silhouette TMA Icon

Silhouette TMA Icon

One designer we look forward to is Thom Browne. His Spring Summer 2015 launched a floral blob in mirrored colors.

Thom Browne SS15

Thom Browne SS15

Thom Browne SS15

Thom Browne SS15

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 .

Desigual RTW Spring 2015

Desigual RTW Spring 2015

Stars and Hearts were the motif for Giamba for Spring Summer 2016. Two different shapes with two different flash mirror coatings and tints.

Giamba SS16

Giamba SS16

Silhouette Eyewear in a collab with Todd Synder’s Spring Summer 2016. Double bar rimless set with charcoal coloring is another winner.

Todd Snyder

Silhouette didn’t stop there…. Wes Gordon for Silhouette round rimless look also for Spring Summer 2016

Wes Gordon SS16

Wes Gordon SS16

Wes Gordon_Spring Summer 2016

Wes Gordon For Silhouette Spring Summer 2016

Even Chanel came in rimless with a onesie look. Blue-Purple flash mirror coating with a grid underlay.

Chanel SS2016

Chanel SS2016

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.

Chanel Ready To Wear Fall 2016

Chanel Ready To Wear Fall 2016

Large and round, (don’t try this with a high prescription) Giambattista’s Fall Winter 2016 line up.

Giambattista FW 16

Giambattista FW 16

Futuristic looks are a another trend. Yellow lenses add to the look in this geometric-cat-eye-shape.

Ground Zero FW 2016

Ground Zero FW 2016

Another cat-eye but with the temple zig-zagging across the lens.

Sao Paulo FW 16

Sao Paulo FW 16

Rimless again showed up on runways for Spring-Summer 2017.

Almeida SS17

Almeida SS17

Hood By Air Image Credit unknown

SS17 Hood By Air Image Credit unknown

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.

Dream Optical as seen on Facebook

Dream Optical as seen on Facebook

Then we found Leggerissimi out of Italy who is doing some custom work.

Leggerissimi-Rimless

And Tom’s Design from Germany. His collections are separated into three categories, Classic, Avante-Garde and Schmuck.

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Micromega from Venice Italy is also creating statement pieces

Sun and Moon

Sun and Moon

Get your rimless one and go create some great looks.

 

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