Alex is taking the bold sunglass trend face-on with these “Ilaria” frames from Retrosuperfuture. First introduced in 2010, this frame is notable for its perfectly rounded lenses, and acetate temples that butterfly and square off at the corners. The mix of materials gives off a two-tone effect, with a brown “havana” acetate on the top half of the frame, and a gold metal on the bottom. A metallic gold bridge continues the contrasting effect, black Carl Zeiss lenses finish off the fashionable and directional look.
We snapped New York-based producer and DJ Christian Matias Cortes (a.k.a. MICHE) in a pair of these brand new sunglasses from the RetroSuperFuture x Andy Warhol collection. These “Velvetdarling” shades were inspired by Warhol’s extravagant and glamorous lifestyle, with a nod to his days of disco and over-the-top parties. The retro design features rectangular, aviator-style lenses held up by a gold brow-line that’s fashioned in the shape of a serpent (note the black crystal eye sitting atop one of the lenses). The frames are lavish and eye-catching; works of art that we could picture Warhol wearing were he still alive today. The fact that only 200 pieces were made of this style makes the glasses even more covet-worthy!
We photographed Robin outside the Intercontinental Paris in these classic flat-top sunglasses from RetroSuperFuture. Designed with a matte black acetate, these shades feature a stripped-down aesthetic, with a slightly boxy, rectangular shape. Mixing influences of surf and skate culture with the brand’s Italian roots these frames are casual yet elegant at the same time – perfect whether you’re in California, Italy, Paris or beyond.
Toronto-based accessories designer Ron Scarafile bought these RetroSuperFuture sunglasses as he thought they were, “hip as hell.” Part of the Italian brand’s “Metropolis” collection, these “Classic Minerale” frames are inspired by the 1927 German expressionist film of the same name. The film, considered a landmark in both silent cinema and science fiction, follows the interplay between a wealthy ruling class and a rising underclass of workers. The same interplay is reflected in these frames, with a stoic black front playing off golden metal temples and marble acetate arms.
The look is raw and eclectic; at once simple and complex. The way you wear these frames can follow suit: as sophisticated, statement sunglasses, or as a regular pair of shades you just throw on day in and day out.
Derek is an avid collector of sunglasses, and has a big collection of old school Serengeti’s from the 1970s. His latest pair though, is a slightly more modern upgrade. These “Ciccio” shades from RetroSuperFuture are a bold and chunky take on traditional tortoiseshell, and Derek bought them after looking for an alternative to Ray-Ban Wayfarers. The SUPER frames feature a “Classic Havana” print, with a sweeping brow-line and thick nose bridge. We like the gold detailing on the temples, and the extra-thick arms. The look is cool and confident, with a touch of European swagger and flair.
We’ve got another pair of “Supers” on the blog this week, this time spotted on Mike in Toronto. These “Classic” sunglasses were the the first silhouette introduced by RetroSuperFuture in 2007. The coloured acetate and bold lines have become the company’s signature, and they now have more than two dozen styles, ranging from flat-top frames to full metal shades. This pair features a translucent “Ruby Red” shade that’s a nice option if you’re looking to add a pop of colour to your wardrobe without going over the top. Mike’s outfit is relatively muted, but the glasses inject some visual interest and flair. A man can dress casually, but a cool pair of shades lets people know that he’s put a little bit of thought into his style.
Brittany was inspired to buy these SUPER sunglasses after seeing a girl on Pinterest wearing the same frames. These “Lucia” frames feature a petit profile, round lenses and a unique, white tortoiseshell pattern that the company has dubbed, “Puma.” The glasses are handmade in Italy from a combination of acetate, acrylic and mixed metals, then fitted with grey non-gradient Carl Zeiss lenses. The look is bold and fashion-forward – perfect for someone who isn’t afraid to make a statement with their eyewear, and have a little fun along the way too!
Caitlin works as a stylist and liked the classic appeal of these “People” frames from RetroSuperFuture. Handmade in Italy, these acetate frames feature a retro, “butterfly-style” silhouette, along with a metal bridge and arms. We love the contrast between the black and gold, and the way the glasses fit the “oversized” trend without being too clunky. A true eyewear fan, Caitlin has a sunglasses stand in her room that holds more than 40 pairs of shades – and that doesn’t even include the boxes of glasses she has in her closet! Her advice: don’t be afraid to be as expressive with your eyewear as you are with your clothes. Judging by her outfit here, it’s safe to say Caitlin’s leading by example!
Matt’s philosophy when it comes to fashion is “black on black on black,” so it’s no wonder he gravitated towards these shades from RetroSuperFuture. This pair of matte black flat-tops is one of SUPER’s signature styles, with a look that’s clean, unfussy and undoubtedly modern. Once considered a pretty bold silhouette, the flat-top now appeals to a wide audience, with a shape that’s flattering to most faces and versatile enough for any occasion (or outfit). SUPER even started making this pair in three sizes – small, regular and large – proving that the flat-top isn’t just for hipsters anymore.
We caught up with Laurent from the French band Phoenix before their performance at Osheaga last week, and we couldn’t help but notice his RetroSuperFuture sunglasses. From the vintage-inspired silhouette, to the “Havana” tortoiseshell color and the dark tint of the lenses, these shades are as perfect on a beach vacation as they are on stage with a rock star. Casual but stylish, the sunglasses have a classic rectangular shape that’s easy to wear with almost any outfit, with just enough flair to add a little something extra.
Phoenix are in the middle of their world tour in support of their latest album, “Bankrupt.” For more information and tour dates, check out wearephoenix.com.