Words by Helene Grastveit
A killer pair of sunglasses are an essential part of your wardrobe. Not only are they practical, but this little accessory can change your whole look. Last season was all about those retro Instagram sunglasses; SS19 is all about bold and dramatic eyewear in all different shapes and sizes. Voir takes you though a few looks and where to find them...
As seen on celebrities, on your Instagram feed and on the runway, this sporty eyewear trend is everywhere. Stella McCartney combined her sporty eyewear looks with the wraparound specs, Each X Other showcased rainbow mirrored designs by Poppy Lissiman, and Vetements added studs for an edgy look. Sporty sunnies were also seen at Nicopanda, Philip Lim, Alexander Wang, Zadig and Voltaire, Kenzo and MSMG to name a few.
Get the look with the budget friendly Monki Gradient lens sunglasses, a pair of classic Oakley, natural Illesteva Managua OR go for the runway look with Stella McCartney Turbo bio-acetate mirrored sunglasses.
Saint Laurent sent disco-inspired upside-down triangles down the runway, whereas Burberry had an especially unique take on the triangle lens, with the lenses having a slightly rounded top and being downturned. Marni had their models wearing a very opposite style, playing on cat-eye triangle eyewear style.
Get the look seen on famous Big Little Liars’ actress, Zoë Kravitz, with LaroseStyle Punk Triangle Personality Sunglasses, or the sophisticated black Gucci Mask Frame Acetate sunglasses. TOPSHOP Jetson Pointy Slim Sunglasses are the perfect budget friendly accessory to bring along to this seasons’ festivals or dare to be different with ASOS pink half frame butterfly sunglasses.
Some more bold than others; the 90’s rectangular eyewear shape is back and it´s loved by the masses. A sleek but wearable sunglass trend, this humble shape will go with whatever outfit you choose. They’re either very sharp and defined or slightly curved and rounded, but they always look chic. Off-White’s rectangular sunglasses came in deep black or neon colours, Self-Portrait used rectangular lenses for a safari green pair with thin metal temples and Y/Project offers a simplistic designs featuring deep brown lenses and golden metal details.
Get the rounded look with RAEN Exile pink unisex Sunglasses or a sharp and defined look with Bershka Rectangular screen sunglasses. For that nostalgic 90´s expression, Topshop’s Nostalgia Rectangle Sunglasses or Valentino’s Garavani's sporty and cool look.
Oversized sunglasses are back - but this season bigger and bolder than ever. Designers played fast and loose with traditional eyewear shapes and created fascinating variations. From classic 70´s round sunnies to the butterfly shape, nothing is hotter right now than this season's D-shape. Miu Miu, Elie Saab and Rick Owens are just a few of the designers responsible for exaggerating the popular and fun D-frame in order to create a new level of oversized.
Get the look with Christian Roth Rock n' Roth sunglasses or LOEWE´s Tyra pair for the perfect 80´s bold statement. For an eclectic and luxurious style, try Gucci´s distinctive bold cat-eye frame covered in sparkling crystals or for a budget friendly look, try Bershka black maxi cateye sunglasses.
The transparent eyewear look is nothing new, but the combination of translucent frames in funky colours with matching lenses has never been hotter. It´s a cool, relaxed and sophisticated look, which will brighten up any outfit. So which colour suits you? Red Karen Walker sunnies, Blue Mapima Paula glasses or the colour of the season - yellow - used by several designers; Max Mara, Prada, Gucci and Maison Margiela.
Try Karen Walker's rectangular Loveville sunglasses for a confident and sophisticated look, or a daring shape and colour with SkinnyDip´s Blue Cat sunglasses. Topshop MACY Full Visor orange sunglasses are the perfect big and bold statement glasses or for season’s hottest colour go for Maison Margiela yellow MMMONO Sunglasses.
Artwork by Sasha Green