Whether it’s Pala or Prada, there are six sunglass styles that your face needs this summer. We’ve rounded them up for you, the hard part will be choosing just one. [Spoiler – you can and should choose more].
Each new fashion week brings trends that will dictate what we see on the retail rails the following season, but most of us rarely give the same cyclical consideration to sunglasses, other than whether it’s sunny or not. But take a look at the runways; sunglasses can make or break a look. If you want sunglasses inspiration, then look no further as we take you through the six runway-inspired styles that your face should be wearing this season.
The last few seasons, designers have taken the classic aviator and lifted it well and truly off the ground (pun intended). Probably more famous for having them constantly shielding her eyeballs than in her collections (where they are a permanent fixture) is Victoria Beckham. The iconic shape is a staple every summer, Alexander McQueen and Saint Laurent also putting them in the spotlight this season.
Leading the retro revival since he took the helm of the Italian icon, Gucci’s Alessandro Michele knows the importance of tried and tested styles that he puts firmly on the style set’s wishlists with his inimitable signature look. And sometimes he just embraces the simple perfection of classic style, and there is nothing wrong with that either. Tom Ford and Prada also put familiar styles on new faces this season.
There has been a resurgence of mirrored lenses in recent seasons, with all colours of the rainbow available (or actual rainbows if you’re Victoria Beckham) to fill your frames. The Dior or Chanel runways were inspiration for the masses – the storied French houses took things back to future.
Chanel and Dior can also be held responsible for the shift in round-edged styles taking on a more geometric aesthetic, the latter creating the most some of the most Instagram-worthy looks of the last year. Whether it’s a physics-defying design or an angled update on a classic, we’re into it.
The finest acetate in its polished glory like at Maison Margiela or embellished and bejewelled like at Miu Miu and Dolce, the cat-eye shape is brought bang up-to-date, but has it really gone anywhere since its inception in the Fifties?
Oversized sunglasses are a very modern idea, if the Eighties can still be considered modern. They have had their ups and downs in terms of popularity, but have never gone away. This season they are out in full force, seen at Gucci and Roksanda among many others.
So oversized, retro, futuristic or feline. The ultimate summer shopping shortlist has already been created for you, but the final choice is yours. Shop Pala’s new season styles and find your sunglass soulmate.