Fashion manual Vogue says “once simply celebrated for their sun-shielding properties, today sunglasses have taken on new status: that of a fashion staple. No longer relegated to after-hours, they are now as likely to be seen worn in nightclubs as on beaches, occupying the same aesthetic-but-impractical space as a tiny sparkly clutch. But the more ubiquitous that sunglasses become, the more visibly they settle into distinct trends. So here, Vogue outlines the key categories of the season, and the best styles to invest in whatever your preference”.
The biggest optical revelation of recent seasons has been the arrival of teeny tiny sunglasses, often positioned far down the bridge of the nose (as with the Hadids) and thus rendered almost useless in defense of the sun. That being said, Prada made a very compelling case for them on their SS18 runway – and Kanye even emailed Kim earlier this year explaining that: “You cannot wear big glasses anymore. It’s all about tiny little glasses.” Between the two of them, all bases are covered. Get on board.
From left to right, top to bottom: Illesteva Marianne sunglasses, £170 at Net-a-porter.com, Prada ultravox sunglasses, £330 at Prada.com, Off-White x Sunglass Hut square-frame sunglasses, £240 at Sunglasshut.com, Kuboraum tinted sunglasses, £249 at Farfetch.com, Marques Almeida transparent sunglasses, £220 at Matchesfashion.com, Kyme viola sunglasses, £168 at Farfetch.com, and Le Specs the fugitive sunglasses, £75 at Mytheresa.com.
While Kanye and Mrs Prada are advocating for little lenses, some of us have facial proportions that require oversized frames. Do not fear: there are still plenty of options on offer. Angular versions come courtesy of Marni and Saint Laurent; Fendi and Giorgio Armani have some fabulous circular pairs. No big is too big. You’ll never worry about under-eye concealer again.
Marni edge sunglasses, £425 at Farfetch.com, Saint Laurent oversized sunglasses, £353 at Farfetch.com, Dior Diorgaia sunglasses, £239 at Dior.com, Fendi peekaboo sunglasses, £308 at Farfetch.com, and Zanzan gilot sunglasses, £250 at Zanzan.co.uk.
The appearance of teeny tiny frames might make you think of The Matrix – and rightly so, but even more analogous to industrial futurism is the trend for deconstructed frames with visible hardware. Céline’s are, of course, fabulous – as are Chloe’s distinctly Seventies styles. Imagine a chic version of steampunk, and you’re halfway there.
Chloé poppy sunglasses, £260 at Net-a-porter.com, Giorgio Armani sunglasses, £237 at Sunglasshut.com, Céline aviator sunglasses, £550 at Celine.com, Calvin Klein 205W39NYC metal bar sunglasses, £491 at Farfetch.com, Oh My Eyes OH-01 sunglasses, £329 at Ohmyeyes-eyewear.com, Dior J’Adior sunglasses, £485 at Dior.com, Gucci pearl-embellished sunglasses, £447 at Farfetch.com, Cazal geometric sunglasses, £988 at Farfetch.com.
Finally, for those who have a proclivity for peacocking, you’ll find an abundance on offer this season. Gucci really lead the charge in this category through Alessandro Michele’s magpie aesthetic – but bedazzled eyewear takes assorted incarnations everywhere from Miu Miu’s sparkly sculpturalism to Dolce and Gabbana’s logo fetishism. Go all out; the more elaborate, the better.
Miu Miu folie sunglasses, £525 at Miumiu.com, Gucci embellished sunglasses, £865 at Net-a-porter.com, Anna Karin Karlson horse sunglasses, £795 at Farfetch.com, Marques Almeida quare tinted sunglasses, £249 at Farfetch.com, Dolce & Gabbana crystal sunglasses, £830 at Dolcegabbana.com, Saint Laurent studded sunglasses, £949 at Farfetch.com.
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