Eyewear Trends: Shades of Delft Blue

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Elaborate blue and white prints, inspired by Delft porcelain have popped up on the runways in the last several years. Delft Blue made its first appearance in the Netherlands. Between 1600 and 1800, this porcelain was a favorite of the rich families who would often flaunt their collections to one another. Soon, Delft achieved unmatching popularity and it became the central trend in pottery making. Delft is now more than pottery. It is a symbol and a historical moment. Not only have we seen its reinvention in contemporary pottery and housewares, it’s now making it’s way into fashion.

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2012-13 saw an explosive revival of Delftware in fashion, making appearances from Beijing Fashion Week to New York. Viktor & Rolf brought the clunky clogs the Netherlands are known for on the runway, in blue Delft prints, while Vivienne Westwood and Gaultier kept to contemporary designs adorned with the traditional Dutch models. Prada covered Delft-inspired handbags, while Carolina Herrera, Carven and Tadashi Shoji stuck to garments.

Prada Inspired by Delft Prints
Prada Inspired by Delft Prints

Delftware Eyewear
Such a bold trend could not have been ignored by the eyewear companies, and a few of them have jumped in and created delft-inspired shades and eyewear, taking the inspiration to a whole new level, an abstract place where the sinuous, organic lines so characteristic of delft pottery are transformed into hard, minimalist geometries and what is kept is the contrast between blue and white.

Anna Kaarlson Delft Inspired Eyewear
Anna Kaarlson Delft Inspired Eyewea

Tsumato Chisato Delft- like seen on the runway 2011. 

Tsumato Chrisato
Tsumato Chrisato

OKIA, the state-of-the-art technology using eyewear company from Hong Kong, is introducing Delft in their new eyewear collection entitled “Blue and White Porcelain.” Drawing inspiration not only from the 17th century Dutch pottery, OKIA pays homage to blue and white porcelain in general, from the Middle East patterns in the 9th century to 14th century Chinese pottery.

Okia

Okia
As opposite to European blue and white, which used windmills, fishing boats, hunting scenes, and religious motifs as ornamentation, Asian porcelain is adorned with dragons, flowers, trees, and mountains. The new OKIA collection incorporates patterns and symbols characteristic to blue and white pottery, and pairs them with their trademark modern approach to developing eyewear.

Not to be outdone, You can even find Delft Goggles on the slopes

Smith Optical Delft Goggles
Smith Optical Delft Goggles

Delft Blue is a big trend on the runways and it’s just emerging in eyewear fashion. If you’re the trendsetter we think you are, this is the time to get into this new style, or else risk being apart of the late majority, where no person in their right mind wants to be in fashion.

Tara Heath is a freelance writer in Southern California. She enjoys researching and discovering new trends, and thinks the Delft eyewear trend is a stunning one. She contributes beauty and health content to the Bellezza Spa blog, where you can read more of her work here at http://bellezzaspa.com/blog/

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