Trying on sunglasses for spring is a pretty good antidote to a dreary, rainy fall day. Luxottica’s Spring 2011 eyewear presentation this morning fit the bill perfectly. With wares from Prada, Miu Miu, Ray-Ban, Persol, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Burberry, Tory Burch, DKNY, and Stella McCartney to play with, we were in a sunny wonderland.
After checking out dozens of pairs, some very clear trends emerged. And trust us: chances are you’ll be happy this spring.
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Subtle Cat Eye: The cat eye is still going strong, but it’s been re-imagined in a less costumey way. Almost all designers offered some form of cat eye. A lot of people were trying them on, and they’re universally flattering. Stella showed the best cat eye hybrid, which featured an eyebrow-like metal strip across the top.
The big cat eye news, however, is the Prada Swing. Shown on Prada’s A/W 2010 runway, they weren’t originally going to be produced. But after a flood of interest, voila, here they are. You can even get them monogrammed and personalized via Prada’s new service, My Private Prada, which launches next month. (Alas, the funky sunnies from Prada's S/S 2011 show were nowhere to be seen).
Aviator with a Twist: Aviators are going nowhere, and there are a ton of versions to flatter every face. Ray-Ban showed theirs in colored wire with added leather strips across the top bar. DKNY’s version were squared off and Prada’s were large and rimless.
Round: John Lennon is having a moment now and so are his glasses. Ray-Ban has a line of round glasses dedicated to him. They showed up at Miu Miu in acrylic ombre and at Polo in wire and acrylic with prints.
Big 70s: Not surprisingly, sunglasses are going 70s, too. Tory Burch, Versace, Stella, Ferragamo, Prada, D&G, Dolce & Gabbana, and Prada all showed big, colorful frames.
Blingy and Embellished: While there weren’t as many blinged out styles as in years past, there was still plenty to go around. Burberry did a check and stud motif that was actually more toned down than it sounds. Versace, never one to be too subtle, had plenty of adornment and bright colors. Bulgari embedded huge colored stones in the temples. Tiffany worked in their new rhinestone-covered key motif. Dolce & Gabbana did some amazing animal prints and gold. Chanel was the winner for most gimmicky: one pair comes complete with a pop-out mirror.
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