Amidst the chaos of Paris Fashion Week and Silmo last month, we had a chance to let our hair down and celebrate California in Paris, at the launch party for Garrett Leight’s new sunglasses collaboration with Parisian designer Amélie Pichard. The limited-edition frames were inspired by three very different iconic women: blonde bombshell Canadian Pamela Anderson, actress Juliette Lewis, and musician Grace Jones.
A crowd surrounded Milan Lunettiere in Paris’ Bastille district for the event, with guests flowing into nearby art gallery where attendees were able to see and try on the three frames in front of the camera. While most of Garrett Leight’s frames are unisex, the collaboration finds him tapping into shoe designer Pichard’s glamorous and girly aesthetic.
The “Grace” is a sleek black frame with blue lenses, inspired by the bold and provocative cool of Grace Jones. Fearlessly feminine, the shades look as fierce on stage or on the runway, as they do on the street.
The “Juliette,” is a flirty tortoiseshell frame with soft green lenses, inspired by Juliette Lewis. Like the actress’ body of work, the frames are familiar yet edgy – a sophisticated and smart take on a classic round tortoise frame.
Our favourite style is the “Pamela,” a lively beige frame with gold lenses, appropriately named after Pamela Anderson. The look is sexy sure, but it also conveys warmth and heart. Tortoiseshell temples add a nice contrast to the dreamy aesthetic.
Each pair in this limited edition collection retails for $425. The glasses are available now at Garrett Leight La Brea (in Los Angeles), Amélie Pichard’s boutique in Paris and online at www.garrettleight.com.