The cooler fall temperatures may be moving in, but we’re thinking warm thoughts and warm tones, like the “Light Havana” shade of Danielle’s Illesteva Toohey frames. Designed in New York and handmade in Italy, these acetate frames feature a keyhole bridge, gradient lenses and Illesteva’s signature I-studded temples. The super round sunglasses fit perfectly on Danielle’s face, wrapping around the top of her nose and sitting off – and not pressed up against – her cheeks.
Danielle picked up these frames at the Illesteva store in SoHo. “I didn’t know much about the brand before I went in,” she told us, “but as soon as I saw these glasses I knew they were a perfect fit for my personality and style.”
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.
These oversized Celine sunglasses were the perfect summer purchase for New York-based creative director Ariella Gogol, who liked them because they “provide great coverage” during the sunny summer months. The tortoise frames carry all the hallmarks of a great pair of Celine glasses, with bold styling, thick acetate and minimal adornments. Edges are curved and refined, while everything is handmade and hand-polished for a subtle sheen. We spotted Ariella during a casual day at the park, but these glasses work equally as well for work or a night out for one last summer hurrah!
Eyewear: Vint & York
Here’s an eyewear story that’s made for the digital age: man spots glasses on online retailer; solicits opinions on Snapchat; goes back to buy the perfect pair to Instagram!
Lukas Effman is the lead singer of New York-based band, East Love. He spotted these Vint & York “Swinger” sunglasses last year in black, but wasn’t sold on the colour. He sent out a Snapchat to 100 friends and received mixed reviews, so he decided not to buy them. Fast forward to this year, when Lukas’ girlfriend convinced him to take a second look at the round, wire-rimmed frames – this time in a brown, faux leather trim. Lukas loved the vintage, 20s-inspired style and the new colourway, and snapped them up right away. And with Vint & York offering most styles for under $129, the decision was a no-brainer. Now, the only decision left is which filter to use before Lukas posts a spectacled-selfie on Instagram!
We snapped Tatiana wearing this year’s most popular pair of shades: the ultra-coveted Dior So Real sunglasses, which have been dubbed a “street style sensation.” First spotted at Dior’s Summer 2014 show, the reflective sunnies quickly gained “A-list” status when Rihanna took home a pair. She later sported the “So Real” shades in her Dior “Secret Garden” campaign.
Notable for its pantos shape and lack of a traditional nose bridge, the sunglasses mix architectural design with a fashion-forward flair. Made from acetate and metal, the frames look strong and delicate at the same time. Flash mirror lenses complete the superstar look.
Eyewear: Oliver Peoples
We photographed actress Casey LaBow at Governor’s Ball in New York, wearing these vintage Oliver Peoples sunglasses. Part of Oliver Peoples’ “Linus” collection, this frame is notable for its unique bridge, which reminded Casey of an old movie theatre curtain. As an actress, that quirky design touch “spoke to her” and made her fall in love with these glasses immediately!
Made in Japan, these frames are hand-crafted from antique gold alloy, with dark green lenses that almost appear black from certain angles. The original frame was part of Oliver Peoples’ extensive archive of vintage glasses, which founder Larry Leight has been collecting and amassing for decades.
Eyewear: Warby Parker
Evan liked the gold and tortoiseshell mix on these aviator sunglasses, which he calls his “go-to frames.” And why not? The classic aviator shape fits almost any face shape, and flatters any look, whether casual or professional. Evan’s pair has a slightly oversized lens shape, that almost appears rectangular from certain angles. They add structure to the face, while the built-in nose pads help the frames rest comfortably away from the eyes and stay well-balanced at the bridge of the nose. (Note: If your eyelashes are touching the lenses, your glasses are sitting too tight on your face!) Unlike some titanium frames, Evan’s pair is thick and weighty enough to handle his custom prescription lenses. The brown gradient tint is classy and understated.
Morgan Bogle is the founder of accessories label, Freedom of Animals, which is known for their luxe collection of sustainably-made and cruelty-free bags. We spotted Morgan carrying the label’s “Boromo” circle bag in New York. The bag is made from a vegetable-dyed, faux-snakeskin. Morgan finished off her look in Illesteva “Leonard 2” sunglasses, which feature a “Half/Half” colorway of black and tortoise. The shades were given to Morgan as a birthday present and she found that the shape worked well with her square jaw. Eyewear is all about contrasts, so the super round shape of these Illesteva frames definitely suit someone with a square face, by drawing attention to the eyes and balancing out the proportions. We love the whole look here – and we love Morgan’s bag line as well. For more about Freedom of Animals, check out freedomofanimals.com.
Victoria is a producer who works in the theatre and music scene in New York, so it was no surprise that we snapped her photo at the Governors Ball Music Festival last month. Victoria loved the colour and asymmetry of these Burberry sunglasses, which feature a feminine oval shape and a slight yet elegant cat-eye. Made from acetate, these Burberry BE4187 shades are seen here in a “Light Horn” colour, that mirrors the signature colours of the Burberry tartan pattern. The muted tones of the frame are a nice contrast to the brown gradient lenses, and they add versatility to these glasses – they’ll look at good whether you pair them with a tank top and jeans, or with that Burberry trench.
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!