April 2nd, 2013
Using the word “predictable” isn’t always a good thing when describing fashion, but in the case of Swarovski’s latest collection of sunglasses, predictable is just what we want.
Featuring frames with faceted surfaces decorated with crystals, the range is exactly what we’d expect from a company whose expertise is to make things shine and sparkle. Complete with a high sun protection, these glasses do more than just hide our tired eyes.
And without an obviously visible logo, the shades are as discreet as a sparkly, big pair of sunglasses can be. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
From $300 at Swarovski.com
June 13th, 2012
What’s that up there on the horizon?
Could it be…sunshine? On days like these it’s especially tough to drag our butts to the gym. So we don’t. We’re putting the “out” in workout with seawall jogs, open-air tennis matches and long-distance bike rides. And we found a pair of sunny g’s that can keep up: Oakley’s new Overtime shades ($150) hug our mugs even when we’re bump-set-spiking by the beach. They’re light so we can wear them all day and they’re available with polarized lenses so we can wear them on the waves. Plus, they don’t look too sporty.
Then again, neither do we. —Kelsey Dundon
June 14th, 2011
The future's so bright... well, you know the rest. Herewith, four styles of sunglasses we're lovin'.
1. Gradient Shades. The big glasses trend is still very much in fashion, but they’ve gone very '70s with gradient tones, both on the lens and the frames themselves. These Tom Ford ones have a really cool knot at the side. $435 at Holt Renfrew, 737 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver, 604-681-3121, www.holtrenfrew.com
2. The New Cat Eye. These Prada shades are a modern, angular version of a traditional cat eye frame. Available in tortoise or black. $281 from Della Optique, 2589 W. Broadway, Vancouver, 604-742-3937, www.dellaoptique.com
3. Summer Brights. The trend this season is all about vibrant pops of colour, so why not get yourself a pair of sunglasses in a bright hue? And at this price, you can afford one in each colour. Furlux glasses, $45 from Envision Optical, 2675 W. Fourth Ave., Vancouver, 604-733-2020, www.envisionoptical.ca
4. Oversized specs. We like to think of Marni as the ultimate quirky-girl-gone-sophisticated designer and these round, slightly cat-eye frames really fit that bill. A little bit peculiar with a lot of Jackie O pizzazz, these oversized sunnies are bound to stand out in the crowd. $469 at Bruce Eyewear, 219 Abbott St., Vancouver, 604-662-8300, www.bruceeyewear.com
And if the sun doesn’t bother to come out, we can always wear these inside like the celebrities do. —ASI & AG
July 27th, 2010
For those who’ve ever left a pair of Chanel sunglasses in the washroom of a Petro-Canada, this dose is for you.
That latest edition to Montreal jewellry designer Mercedes La Rosa’s Bijougraphie collection is a spectacle holder ($70) to keep your glasses safely and stylish stowed around your neck. More luxe than librarian, the eyewear chain features the brand’s trademark hand-painted baubles in beautiful palettes and patterns.
That new Chloé pair isn’t going anywhere.
Available online at www.bijougraphie.com
March 30th, 2010
Marie Claire style and accessories director Taylor Tomasi Hill (pictured) inspired us to dye our mousy brown mane a shade of fiery red last year. Now, a recent Refinery29 story on our modern style muse has us coveting her cat eye sunglasses too.
Her tortoise pair ($250) is from the new Norma Kamali eyewear collection, but after a little style stalking, we discovered a litter of feline-shaped shades:
Keep it classic with D&G’s subdued cat eye shape, available in black or blue. $162.95 at Sunglass Hut Pacific Centre, www.sunglasshut.com