5 Eyewear Trends Inspired by 2016 Academy Awards Fashion

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The red carpet at the 2016 Academy Awards offered no shortage of recap-worthy trends this year.

And while the night’s big winners took home Oscar gold, our eyes were busy scanning that celebrity sea for every color, jewel, and embellishment affixed to the well-toned figures of Hollywood’s A-Listers.

If you caught our 2016 Golden Globes recap, you know the drill.

Below are our Top 5 fashion trends from the 2016 Academy Awards with suggestions for how you can emulate each look with eyewear from Eyeconic, VSP’s newly redesigned and in-network online retailer.

And remember, most VSP members will also receive an extra $20 to spend on their frame benefit when they select featured Marchon and Altair frame brands from VSP Providers across the country!

To the trends! Click the images to shop the looks on Eyeconic…

2016 Academy Awards trends bling

TREND: A Thing for Bling
“All that Glitters” could very well have been the theme for this year’s red carpet. In addition to the usual treasure trove of gems adorning necks, wrists and fingers, the dresses themselves took on a bedazzled charm with stars like Margo Robbie, Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts proudly affirming their commitment to sparkle motion (Donnie Darko, anyone?!) in gold, white and navy, respectively. Shine on, ladies.
EMULATE WITH EYEWEAR: When your future’s so bright you gotta wear shades, make sure they feature star-quality rhinestone accents. Because duh.

2016 Academy Awards trends green

TREND: Green with Envy
From Irish actress Saoirse Ronan’s glittering column to Rachel McAdams’ slit-to-there halter, Team Green was out in force this year. Softer offerings of the springy hue sashayed by in seafoam and mint from the likes of Sophie Turner and Cate Blanchett, too (also see “Flower Power” below). It ain’t easy being green—except when you look this good.
EMULATE WITH EYEWEAR: Become your own emerald idol with these cat-eye optical frames.

2016 Academy Awards trends blue

TREND: True Blue
We spotted this trend at the Golden Globes and it appears Hollywood’s blue period has only deepened with swaths of lapis, midnight and navy at this year’s Oscars. Best Actress winner Brie Larson set the bar pretty high with sapphire ruffles, while other gals like Naomi Watts and Sofia Vergara followed the blues clues in deeper shades (with ample sparkle). Honorable mention for the gents: Mark Ruffalo eschewing black-tie tradition with a navy jacket.
EMULATE WITH EYEWEAR: Feel blue (in a good way!) with these cat-eye sunglasses.

2016 Academy Awards trends flowers

TREND: Flower Power
Spring is in the air! It’s also on the clothes, as evidenced by a number of floral-infused accents. Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Heidi Klum were a veritable garden of delights (mostly) in pastel ensembles that bloomed with petal appliques. Lace also embraced the theme thanks to Rooney Mara and Chrissy Teigen. So we guess the secret’s out: Garden is in.
EMULATE WITH EYEWEAR: Say OK to the bouquet with optical frames that suggest a floral look through a subtle blush tortoise color.

2016 Academy Awards trends black

TREND: Back to Black
The gents played it relatively safe this year, mostly staying within the traditional black-tie theme. And while a few outliers stood out with colorful jackets and bold accessories (we see you, Jared Leto), the pendulum swing back to classic style is A-OK with us. We also loved the subtle and soft accents of velvet, courtesy of Eddie Redmayne and Henry Cavil. Classic, timeless, with a twist. We’ll back that.
EMULATE WITH EYEWEAR: Black on black accents on these vintage-inspired suns offer a classic look with a modern twist.


  • Diane Alfieri says:

    Love the site

  • Monica María Vargas says:

    Awesome ❤️

  • H P OATES says:


  • Deb says:

    Check out bebe Black – BB5116 has a small casted metal flower detail. (Releasing April)
    Also, the bebe flower printed frames!!!(Releasing June)

  • Jim says:

    Why would people want to emulate these losers? I would like to see what captains of industry wear like CEO’s etc!

  • KAREN YOUNG says:

    I have a blue pair; the arms are also navy with a few gold bars and a little bling….I have had many compliments!

  • Letty Vaughn says:

    Love the insight into what’s the trend for frames and colors. Great timing;I’m getting new specs tomorrow!

    • David C says:

      Thanks, Letty! Lots of great choices from Marchon and Altair brands. Remember: Most VSP members receive an additional $20 on their frame benefit when they select a Marchon or Altair brand (like those above).

  • A Cooper says:

    Thank you for sharaing

  • Leticia says:

    Need to see these samples on people. Let your reps know it would help to see the. On models of white and different color. Thanks!

  • Luanne Webster says:

    I try to get yearly eye exams and usually get a new pair of glasses, thanks to VSP, I can afford a good pair. Unfortunately, the individual that fits my glasses generally gets them lopsided, and with this last pair, I can actually see how tilted they are, and they don’t fit well, so I hardly wear them because they are not comfortable. Any suggestions?
    I know our ears are not symmetrical, and each ear is different but I don’t think the glasses should actually look and feel lopsided. I have had her adjust them but it wasn’t enough and I feel like she gets annoyed when I am asking for a better fit. Please advise. THANK YOU!

    • Jon S. says:

      Hi Luanne, you’re right. Most faces are asymmetrical and therefore require an optician to adjust the fit of our frames. Your glasses should fit securely and sit straight across your face. Your optician will have the know-how and the equipment to adjust your frames correctly. You may try asking for a different optician–or to speak with the doctor directly–if you feel there’s a problem. If that doesn’t work, give our customer care team a call and they can help you identify a VSP Provider in your area that can help you (800-877-7195). Thanks for reaching out!

  • I bought glasses about 6 months ago and I have to tell you these are the most uncomforrtable glasses I’ve ever owned ! I’ve gone back to have them adjusted and was asked did I have fluid in my face Dah !! The glasses are to small– leaving a mark on bridge of nose and indentures on both sides of my head !! I will not buy from them again

    • Krista says:

      I’m having the exact same problem! If I wear them all day the place where the glasses sat on my nose gets dry and scaly. At first I thought I was allergic but now I think they’re just too small on my nose. Disappointed my optician fit me with these. Waiting only semi-patiently until next’s pair.

  • Kacamata says:

    Love True Blue For me.. Nice Blog and sharing.

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