Showing some shade

Spring/summer sunglasses are taking the stage in three trends: oversized retro, chic design and playful lenses.

As a classic favorite, big names have been pulling out all the stops for the retro look.

Dolce & Gabbana and Chloe are bringing the 60s cat-eye back. Dolce & Gabbana’s prettily feminine Tropical Rose sunglasses feature a green malachite frame embellished by roses and crystals, while Chloe’s Dree sunglasses are double-layered and come in Sahara-inspired colors.

Chains are also making a comeback, as seen in the newest releases from Chanel, Fendi, Gucci and Stella McCartney. But unlike the discreet dangles of old, the trend has evolved into a bold statement.

Chanel’s oval sunglasses that come with a detachable resin and glass pearls chain, as well as Stella McCartney Icy Ice sunglasses accompanied by a metal chain, are cases in point.

Oversized frames are also a hot pick, as seen in Fendi, Louis Vuitton and Gucci’s recent collections. Gucci’s square acetate sunglasses, which feature a black octagonal frame that contrasts with its vibrant yellow lenses, are the cornerstone of the house’s spring/summer collection.

If you are looking for something to glam up simple outfits, opt for a pair of shades with unique frames, such as the Michael Kors Heart Breaker sunglasses, which feature distinctive heart-shaped frames.

Another fast favorite are the Louis Vuitton Bohemian Vuittony square sunglasses, inspired by the brand’s monogram flower petals.

Unusual lens colors are also a focus, with each brand adding their own special touches.

Gucci, Berluti and Kenzo, for example, decorated their mirrored lenses with its motifs, logos and patterns to capture a futuristic vibe.

(This article was published at The Standard on May 15, 2020: Weekend Glitz: Showing some shade )

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