A true epitome of fashion-meets-function, eyewear has magical powers of transformation – and Clark Kent would categorically concur!
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Here’s a question: What do John Lennon, Jackie O and Karl Lagerfeld have in common? Apart from being world-famous, high-profile celebrities that have inspired generations, they ALL have a certain look that has since become synonymous with the mere mention of their names – their trademark eyewear!
Singer-songwriter and peace activist who co-founded The Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music, Lennon’s were perfectly-round, wire-rim glasses – clear, simple, understated.
Former first lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis, a style icon of the 60s and 70s, loved her oversized sunglasses – elegant, chic, timeless.
Lagerfeld, the creative genius behind fashion labels such as Chanel and Fendi, was rarely ever seen without his iconic shades, perfectly complementing his iconic look comprising that signature ponytail, suit-and-tie combo and gloves.
What started as a magnifying glass back in the days of 12- or 13th-century Rome has evolved by tremendous leaps and bounds – from serving as a small magnifying glass made from glass-blown lenses set into wooden/leather frames, used to enhance the ability to see small text, to a fashion statement that is almost as significant as its intended purpose – which is to correct one’s vision and shield the eyes from damaging ultra-violet (UV) rays.
Today’s fashionista has a wide spectrum of styles and materials to choose from – in terms of both lenses and frames – to suit any mood. Let’s take a look at some of the latest designs available this Spring-Summer 2019. (Be warned, though – this could get ‘Super Cavillicious’!)
British-born film star Henry Cavill, the latest actor to don the role of Superman/Clark Kent, partners with Boss Eyewear, this time to launch the most recent Spring-Summer 2019 collection. This season’s offerings include classic optical designs as well as the new sunglasses – such as the modern and functional sunglasses and optical frames (BOSS 1049), offered with a rectangular front and equipped with transparent Optyl temples.
Alongside these lie bold and sophisticated style acetate sunglasses (BOSS 1058/S) featuring contemporary shapes with distinctive elements, such as metal rivets and subtle engravings.
* Images courtesy of BOSS
The DiorSoLight1 sunglasses, emblematic accessories of the Spring-Summer 2019 ready-to-wear collection, is inspired by the world of dance. Their graphic and oversized square shape, with a mask-like effect, contrasts with the lightness of their frame.
Available in ivory, pink and black, this style features tone-on-tone lenses, along with the Dior signature in gold-plated metal. It appears in the Spring-Summer 2019 campaign, shot by Harley Weir, as well as in a video starring the models Selena Forrest and Ruth Bell alongside dancers from choreographer Sharon Eyal’s company.
* Images courtesy of Dior
This season Fendi presents the new Defender sunglasses as a tribute to the unique femininity of the Fendi woman, daring yet sophisticated. The avant-garde surfaces of the new sunglasses are paired with glamorous polka dots running all over the frame, conveying a bold and cutting-edge allure, for a magnetic effect.
The metal tiny cat-eye shaped sunglasses are the celebration of the perfect balance between ultra-light materials and eye-catching geometries. With their design featuring the brow-bar in Optyl – an extra-light plastic material with extraordinary colour effects – combined with metal, enhanced by bi-colour polka dots.
The sunglasses are complemented by the Fendi logo engraved on the temples and the ‘F is Fendi’ logo lasered on the round end-tips.
* Images courtesy of Fendi
Artistic director Clare Waight Keller transforms the GV Mask, a style she first created in 2018, into a spectacular piece of jewelled eyewear: the GV Shower. With a nod to the abstract notion of mirrors that informs this season’s collection, this piece was one of the most dramatic pieces on the runway at Givenchy’s Spring-Summer 2019 show.
Like the Podium jewellery line, this style is inspired by rain showers and is rendered in precious-looking materials, a metaphor for nature’s perpetual state of transformation: in springtime, ice melts into water. A linear ‘mask’ base is embellished with hundreds of hand-applied Swarovski crystals that enhance the frame and spill into a cascade of crystals at the temples. Crystal fringe sways around the face as the wearer moves, like shimmering raindrops.
* Images courtesy of Givenchy