Up your style quotient instantly with sunglasses, writes Sushma Veera
SUNGLASSES have come a long, long way. From Tom Cruise making Aviators look cool in Top Gun to front row attendees at fashion shows shielding their eyes from explosive camera flash, sunglasses are part necessity, part vanity and part fashion statement.
And makers bank on their popularity and ability to instantly up wearers’ fashion quotient to the hilt. Like clothes, sunglasses too, have seasonal collections.
Each season, eyewear brands capture special attention with colours and shapes.
Blue seems to dominate this season’s catwalks. So for the 2012 collection, the blue-mirrored lens from Police present a range with vintage feel, where metal frames prevail, either drop-shaped, aviator-like or with square profiles.
These come alongside a number of sophisticated acetates, even with two-coloured versions. The famous blue lens are revived and represented as must-haves with a more daring approach, combining new shapes and designs.
Although the brand is mainly for men, it offers, for the second season, a series of women’s glasses that gives a feminine twist to its sense of manly style.
This results in many new shapes and the introduction of colours such as red, blue, purple and green.
The key house brand of the De Rigo Group, Police presents a range with a more daring look.
• Square: Drawing inspiration from the typical shapes of the 1990s, the sunglasses in acetate and metal with square, linear and flat shapes emphasise the wide front piece.
• Drop shape: A timeless classic that you just can’t do without. It evokes a vintage style and is featured in different models of the new collection.
• Double profile: The blue lens and the double profile in metal that frames the lenses are the most distinctive features of the 1980s must-have from Police. For 2012, the Double Profile comes back in four new models: Square, rectangular, round and mask. Quite obviously, these are all available in the hyper-Police version with blue mirrored lenses, though also with one-colour or gradient lenses, in black and brown.
• Bicolour: A trendy version is in black and white, other than that in cream with honey horn-effect inserts. The temples are decorated with the Police logo. For women, it gives a more personal, glamorous and coloured quality.
• Top bar: Police has not forgotten its past and rediscovers a typical detail of the 1990s: The front bar. The metal bar superimposed on the upper part of the front piece marks and recreates the eyebrows.
FROM OTHER HOUSES
Designer sunglasses by Chopard, Lanvin, Ermenegildo Zegna, Furla and Escada are fabulous and eye-catching.
This season, Furla goes on a journey across the Mediterranean with sunglasses that draw inspiration from the world of nature, from its shapes and colours.
The colour palette is rich with intense shades such as coral red and sea blue, matched with the warm earth tones.
The new styles from Furla are designed for the dynamic woman who likes travelling. Wide shapes, with clean and essential lines, reveal the brand’s close attention to detail.
Chopard combines simplicity and exclusivity with its features of luxury, femininity and sophistication.
A newcomer in the industry, Lanvin has an exclusive line of sunglasses that combines couture details with industrial aesthetics and with a mix of both retro and contemporary features.
Ermenegildo Zegna’s sunnies give men an image of refined, contemporary elegance and someone who understands style.