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Frames go anti-fashion

She may not have won, but this year’s takeaway from the Grammys was definitely Beyoncé’s style statement. In a black velvet ensemble — and matching sculptural hat — by Nicolas Jebran, teamed with Lorraine Schwartz earrings that dangled till her shoulders, she brought power dressing to glamour. But what really stood out were her coordinated black glasses from Alain Mikli — skinny and Matrix-style, as one publication called it — the Le Matin were far from your average sunnies. But they reflected a trend that’s been increasingly spotted on everyone from off duty models to popstars — and it ain’t pretty. Anti-fashion sunglasses are here, and don’t even think about throwing shade without a pair of these.

Size matters

From Rihanna in Le Specs to Gigi and Bella Hadid in Poppy Lissiman, and closer to home, Sonam Kapoor in her pair from Acne, all prove that you earn more fashion points for making a tiny sunglass frame work than for hiding behind an extra large Jackie-O pair.

Frames go anti-fashion

Clearly it’s time to drop those mirrored aviators and oversized cat eyes: fashion demands you take risks, and start with the shades. A carry over of the normcore trend that seemed to dominate all of last year, the anti-fashion trend went as far as to bring oversized puffer coats back in trend and you probably noticed a fanny pack or two strutting around. Was it the politically unstable year we had? Or just a cyclic rebellion that’s back in vogue? Either way, it’s time to accept that anti-fashion is in.

Vogue calls it “making a spectacle”, listing it in their 2018 what-will-fashion-editors-wear prediction, adding that the more bizarre the frame, the more likely you are to catch a street-style documenter’s eye.

Brand value

FDCI president Sunil Sethi, one of the founders of Indie Eye, the country’s first locally made eyewear brand is all for this anti-fashion movement. Founded by Sethi in collaboration with his daughter, textile designer Tanira, and artist Jayanta Roy, the brand is their attempt to do something the country has not seen before. “We’re trying to redefine the regular for the free thinkers, for those who are unafraid to experiment,” explains Sethi, whose go-to line when talking about the brand is that it isn’t for the faint hearted.

Frames go anti-fashion

While the brand has made occasional appearances to date — at shows for JJ Valaya, Rajesh Pratap Singh and Ashish N Soni — it is set to launch officially at the international eyewear event Mido, in Milan, later this month. As product designer for Indie Eye, Sethi says they’ve used acetate in all their pieces this time, although he does have plans to add wood and horn at a later point. For inspiration for his funky pieces, some of which feature oversized bridges, exaggerated rounded frames and even a couple without a bridge, Sethi says he looked to muses as diverse as Rabindranath Tagore, John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe and “the funky, trendy, young Japanese girl of today”.

“Abhay Deol has worn and loved our pieces and I can easily picture Ranveer Singh pulling them off… it is for those who want to create their own style. It’s definitely anti-trend,” adds Sethi.

It may be too soon to start predicting trends for the year, but if 2017’s ugly-is-the-new-black trend seems to have left a hangover , then rest assured that anti-fashion is here to stay. So whether you’re going to go tiny (as singer and designer Kanye West strictly instructed his wife, social media star Kim Kardashian, to) or picking exaggerated frames, remember the key is to stay on that thin line between adventurous and plain old tacky. Whoever said fashion wasn’t a high-endurance sport?

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