Sunglasses - Jil Sander
Like sandals, sunnies are another summer style minefield. Aviators, as revived a year ago, don't fit all faces, and space-age, wrap-around innovations are best reserved for the beach or the extreme sports holiday. Consequently, curvy retro circular shapes are still an evolving and appealing alternative. At Liberty, Moscot Originals from New York offer vintage-inspired frames from their archive, which stretches from the '30s to the '70s.
While classic frames such as tortoise- shell and black usually work best, this season designers are also offering colour. Marni designer Consuelo Castiglioni has created simple graphic shapes that reflect the pared-down aesthetic of her men's collection. Calvin Klein has tooled some very nice, clean, gently curvy frames and, at Jil Sander, neo-classical subtlety in shade design has been a triumph too - see above.
Raf Simons' latest collaboration with Linda Farrow offers a geometric model defined by its angles and based around a synthetic, yet wood-like, material. Swedish brand Acne has worked with French sunglasses manufacturer Thierry Lasry to create the 'Helvin', which is constructed from thin Plexiglass and has been given a mirrored finish. Alternatively, Maison Martin Margiela have semi-deconstructed takes on famous styles, while Prada Private is a service, offered in the label's boutiques since the end of last year, which enables you to select the colour of the frames and a selection of letters and numbers for making your own stylish statement.