The sun has been stronger lately, hasn’t it? The weather’s turning warm, kids are spending more time outside and beaches are starting to fill up on weekends. Other than sunscreen of course, the one indispensable accessory -that probably doesn’t fit the accessory category anymore- is a pair of sunglasses. Here’s our pick of the season’s hottest shades -for men and women- to keep your eyes safe, and your stylish reputation intact (how about that cute Jackson look by Chloé in our article’s cover photo?!)! We’ve also thrown in a selection of cool optical eyewear for the four-eyed fashionistas out there.
Karl Lagerfeld‘s FW15 eyewear collection is so catty! Couture inspired, Lagerfeld signed, a catchy design that revisits the 50s in style. The KL9005 Piping classic cat-eye style of these shades is highlighted by the black and white contrast between the outside and the inside of the frame. Its iconic feline silhouette draws along the entire front of the glasses, giving a wink to Choupette, Karl’s kitty cat. The collection’s color combinations are White/Black, Tortoiseshell/Beige, Purple/Pink and Black/Snow.
The design of these KL887 optical model relies on the Kuilted motif, an iconic and distinctive detail of Lagerfeld’s accessories. The Karl Kameo enriches the temple’s head, and once again, the design is emphasized by the color contrast which is available in Havana/Ivory, White/Black, Black/Havana, Black/Grey, or plain Black.
The main characteristic of the Chloé FW15 eyewear collection is: sheer. They pieces are all about sheer colors and frames, mixing grace with en edgy retro frame shapes and a hint of 70s style. The CE123S Carlina sunglasses are our favorite! In a true expression of the Chloé spirit, vintage echoes in an unusual butterfly shape are embellished by the translucent plastic insert. The transparent Peach color add a major feminine touch to the oversized, bold frame shape. Added to our #wishlist? Definitely!
The Marni ME6015 sunglasses from the SS16 collection, shown at Resort 2016, are quite trippy! Featuring a distinctive cat-eye shape that is created by cutting away one vertical layer over another, the design is rendered quirky by the amalgamation of dark brown fading into a semi-transparent goldish tone around the nose bridge.
Salvatore Ferragamo‘s FW15/16 eyewear line dawns in the brand’s unmistakable style, with timeless elegance yet vibrant color. Blue is a dominant tone in this collection, whether full on in the women’s glasses or more subtle on men’s sunglasses. The obvious star of the FW15 campaign, SF778S (women’s) sunglasses bear an imposing volume reminiscent of retro shades worn by starlettes. The iconic symbol of the Ferragamo world, the gancino, takes on a modern touch, revealed only by a tiny detail in gold-plated metal.
I see you, I see you not? Well, you’ll wish you had myopia just to be able to wear the SF2730! The classic acetate frame goes into a degradé of blues, from navy on the top and through to the middle parts, turning into a light azure blue from middle to bottom. The metal, silver-colored temples are ended with navy acetate pieces, linking the front frame’s navy to the end parts. Despite these glasses’ various color options:blue/azure, dark grey/grey, brown/beige, cyclamen/pink, the blue one remains our favorite!
This is the one time saying “I feel blue.” has a positive connotation!
The SF7895 are a man’s classic pair! It stands out through its keyhole nose and brand new colors: the shape tends towards a corporate style, but the dark animal print to which blue is incorporated on the bottom frame lends a playful touch and adds character to the frames. This cool model is also available with polarized lenses, and in several color schemes.
So, frame your face in style this summer with a retro look. It seems vintage is back! Or… was is ever really out of style?