Regular readers will know that the 'Chelsea' sunglasses from House of Harlow 1960 are my summer style of choice but it looks like I might have to add a Giorgio Armani pair too. This week the brand released a summer collection of sunglasses to follow up on the successful launch of their 'Frames of Life' campaign back in 2010.
While the brand hasn't particularly been one that I have turned to for eyewear in the past, I really like their summer offerings this season. The clear frames feel contemporary without feeling too trendy and the old school cinematic feel of the campaign images articulate the timeless quality of the sunglasses perfectly. To support the collection the brand have also launched a special website full of images from the campaign as well as behind-the-scenes videos and stills charting the experiences of the campaign models on the shoot.
In the market for new eyeglasses or shades? Issey Miyake can help. The brand is launching a 30-item eyewear range for men and women, and the debut collection will hit stores next month. The Miyake Design Studio teamed up with French company Ca Va Se Voir to develop a high-tech selection - based on the "stream" concept of high fluidity and function.
Three temple designs will be available for men's and women's styles, which will come in gunmetal grey, plum, blue, black and silver. As for prices, expect to pay 190 to 280 euros at select retailers and opticians worldwide.
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are designing a range of sunglasses for The Row’s next season collection. The range, which will be produced by Linda Farrow - high fashion, high luxury eyewear designer, who also designs for Raf Simons, Matthew Williamson and Dries van Noten - will feature a classic metal aviator, an oversized square frame, a vintage-inspired brown rimmed frame and a pair of 60s inspired round shades.
“Designing eye wear was definitely more complicated than we thought,” said the twins, who hinted that if the collection is successful they may expand the range, and possibly branch into accessories.
This weekend's taste of warm weather has us dreaming of summer...or at least a cheery spring. Check out out five favourite sundresses to wear to the park, out shopping, wherever. Remember your sunnies!
Sorry, still can't get over that line from the Sonia Rykiel show. But since the weather is finally playing nice, and it's almost time for spring, and all of us are thinking about our impending sun-kissed holidays (or at least time out of the office), let's talk shades, shall we?