By Deirdre Carroll: Senior Editor



Michael Kors relied heavily on orange and maize yellow to lighten up his predominantly black Fall 2013 collection, as did Miu Miu, while Karen Walker’s Fall 2013 presentation used pops of orange and yellow intermixed with an otherwise paler neutral palette. Versace made yellow sexy for Fall 2013, Victoria Beckham used it as the one bright spot of color in her über sophisticated collection and Rebecca Minkoff made sunny yellow cool for the downtown set.

WHAT: Black and dark tortoise frames often feel too heavy for warm, steamy weather; luckily the rising popularity of a variety of colored frames gives wearers more options. As the summer days begin to shorten, eyewear designers have found a way to keep a hold on those last dog days thanks to a slew of sun and optical styles in sunshiny hues of orange and yellow.

(Front to back) The Fendi F1032 optical style from Marchon pairs a striking maize colored front with classic dark tort temples. The Derek Lam ophthalmic style 247 from Modo takes a softer approach to the trend with a matte butter yellow. The Theo Huitante + Quatre glasses look almost exactly like a sunset with its bright yellow under eye rim and winged orange brow. The Vera Wang Branca sunglasses from Kenmark feature an orange print paired with an orange flash lens and is perfect for eking out the last of the warmer weather in style. The Carrera 5004 sunglasses from Safilo in a translucent tangerine really evoke the feeling of the summery citrus.

No one likes to see the summer end, luckily with the prevalence of summery yellow and orange in many of the Fall 2013 runway presentations we can at least hold on to some vestige of the season. The warmer temperatures may not last much past Indian summer but your customers can remember these halcyon days every time they put on a pair of these yellow or orange frames.