This week Spring has chosen to make an appearance and with it the sun! With the hottest day of the year so far, spirits have been lifted, winter coats abandoned and sunglasses unearthed! Rejoice!
One of the most popular sunglasses brands to tap into the current vintage zeitgeist and a huge favourite among celebs is Oliver Peoples. Founded in 1986, the company began selling original American vintage frames from the 1940s through to the 1960s. At the time Oliver Peoples stood out in the market place, as the late Eighties trend was for geometric shapes, plastic frames and futuristic styles. Creating a niche for themselves, the brand found that celebrity endorsement came easily. Stars like Michael J Fox, Brad Pitt, Sting, Bruce Willis and Sean Lennon were all early adopters of the Oliver Peoples vintage style sunglasses…
Oliver Peoples rely very heavily on the coverage it gets in the media through it’s A-List fans sporting their sunglasses. The company does little advertising, yet is a phenomenon due to it’s popularity with the cream of Hollywood. Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey Jr, Li Lo and Robert Pattinson are just a few of the stars who wear Oliver Peoples sunglasses.
Their sunnies are very popular with men and women and come in 3 different categories;
- Glamour (Female)
- Bold, Defined Acetate (Unisex)
- Double Bridge Metals (Unisex)
The Glamour shades and the Double Bridge Metal sunglasses will always be popular, as they encompass stylish oversized frames and the classic aviator styles. However the Oliver Peoples ‘Bold, Defined Acetate’ sunglasses are very of the moment. This collection harks back to the unusual shapes of yesteryear and offers some really strong looks. With the UK’s current insatiable thirst for vintage and retro accessories Oliver Peoples sunglasses really are the most amazing find!
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Ray-Ban is the brand that it synonymous with A list style. Celebrity folk such as Robin Pattinson, Audrina Patridge, Kate Beckinsale, Leona Lewis, Nicole Ritchie, Drew Barrymore and Brad Pitt are just a mere handful of stars who have all been spotted numerous times wearing a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses to protect their peepers and of course, to make a style statement.
Sunglasses are so much more than a functional accessory, which is ironic in the case of Ray-Ban as the first ever pair manufactured in 1936 were designed specifically to protect the eyes of pilots. This particular style was the iconic RB3025 Ray-Ban aviator, which is still one of the most popular types of sunglasses in the world and is persistently seen worn by a huge number of celebs and fashion icons. The style is timeless and never goes out of fashion.
What people love about Ray-Ban is that the brand is constantly surprising us with new and exciting designs, as well as introducing re-vamped versions of the old school styles. Everyone can wear a pair of Ray-Bans and look fab as there are so many designs to suit a number of face shapes whilst remaining in keeping with current trends. The Ray-Ban RB4141 sunglasses for example, are a favourite with singer Florence Welch and are an easier to wear version of some of the more prominently rounded sunglasses that were popular this year. The RB4141s perfectly capture the trend but infuse an effortless and versatile edge.
The Ray-Ban Cats collections have also been a favourite during 2010 with their vibrantly coloured frames and statement oversized shapes. The RB4126 Cats 1000 sunglasses have a definite high-fashion appeal with their highly positioned arms and chic oversized lenses, but the distinctive Ray-Ban vibe makes them fun and easy to wear.
What Ray-Ban always gets right is providing a wide array of colour choices in nearly every design. Black can often look harsh on some skin tones, or perhaps you just don’t like to wear black. Therefore, the brand has versions in softer shades including tortoiseshell, dusky pink, cream and brown to name only a few choices, which are more flattering against pale faces whilst the ultra vibrant colours look superb on darker complexions. The Wayfarer is a great example of an iconic Ray-Ban style that is available in an incredible selection of colours and patterns.
If you’re looking to invest in a truly great designer brand then you really can’t go wrong with Ray-Ban. Many of the sunglasses are accessible from a price perspective, some styles feature specific types of lenses if you require superior lens technology, and the choice is so varied that you’ll be sure to find something to perfectly suit your skin tone, face shape and general style preference. Plus, a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses will instantly add a sense of chic to your look and will remain timelessly stylish year after year.
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It doesn’t really get more luxurious than Tom Ford Sunglasses. From the super alluring sixties inspired cat-eye Tom Ford Karina sunglasses for ladies, to the masculine yet ultra sophisticated men’s Tom Ford Gregoire sunglasses, the Tom Ford Cary sunglasses are also a superb unisex take on the Wayfarer but still possess the Tom Ford touch and charm.
There really is a design within the Tom Ford sunglasses collection to suit all manner of style tastes. Whether you prefer a classically chic look, or like to opt for something more show-stopping and original such as the Tom Ford Nico sunglasses, there will be a design to appeal. Every pair incorporates exquisitely beautiful detailing and is also typically available in a range of colours.
Tom Ford sunglasses are the perfect way to infuse a spark to your look and show that you take pride and thought in adding impact to your day-to-day style. As if you need any further convincing, Tom Ford sunglasses are a favourite among the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie, Gwen Stefani, Olivia Palermo, Brad Pitt and Kate Hudson to name only a few.
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to sharpen up your style, a pair of Tom Ford sunglasses will certainly make the perfect and timeless accessory investment!
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Earlier this week, we were very excited to announce the arrival of Oliver Peoples sunglasses and it seems like all the A Listers are also currently going mad for the brand!
A favourite among high profile celebrities and style icons in the entertainment industry, Oliver Peoples sunglasses have been seen on the likes of Robert Pattinson, Kate Beckinsale, Brad Pitt and Jay Z to name only a few.
The latest star to be seen sporting an ultra chic pair of the Oliver Peoples sunglasses is Robert Downey Jr. who is wearing the super cool and sophisticated Benedict style from the Oliver Peoples collection. The star wears the design in the forthcoming film Due Date.
Robert Downey Jr. is modelling the Benedict sunglasses on the promotional
image advertising the Due Date film, and wears the style throughout the movie. The Benedict sunglasses are an ultra chic aviator design that feature classic teardrop shaped lenses, a sleek double-bridge and a very subtly curved brow bar. As Downey Jr. demonstrates, the Benedict sunglasses provide that effortlessly cool edge to your look, are masculine, sleek and incredibly versatile!
Check out the style for yourselves – we have the Oliver Peoples Benedict sunglasses in stock in addition to a wide array of other styles from this incredibly sought-after brand.
Oliver Peoples sunglasses are a massive hit among the celebrities, are all expertly crafted and are designed to flatter a number of different face shapes. As seen on the stylish streets of LA, on the red carpet and in the movies, Oliver Peoples sunglasses are definitely this season’s hot news!
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Tom Ford sunglasses are the business. Always oversized and generally rocking a retro vibe they are the celebrity’s shade of choice. Universally loved by Hollywood’s leading ladies (and men), Jennifer Lopez, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have all been snapped modelling Tom Ford shades in recent months.
Nicholas Hoult has become the poster boy for Tom Ford sunglasses, since starring in Ford’s Directorial Debut, ‘A Leading Man’. Alongside his female sidekick Carolyn Murphy, his face is regularly splashed across the fashion glossies and billboards. It’s certainly been an interesting career trajectory since his geeky turn in Nicholas Parson’s ‘About a boy’!
Tom Ford is primarily known for his menswear and accessories but this year he shocked the fashion world by throwing a surprise ‘Cocktail Party’ which was in fact designed to reveal his first womenswear collection in 6 years. Top fashion folk were invited to the ‘Cocktail Party’ which was held in New York and had all the hallmarks of a Fifties couture show. Ford asked women that inspired him to model his spring/summer ‘11 collection, among them were; Beyonce Knowles, Julianne Moore, Daphne Guinness, Lauren Hutton and Amber Valetta. Ford commented “I want to concentrate on real women and the real customer. It’s all about individuality, individual style, different body types, women who have their own style.” One official photographer was present to avoid press leaks and its rumoured photos of the show will not be released until January next year!
Such secrecy has created even more of a buzz about Tom Ford. If this story is anything to go by then every woman in the fashion-know is going to have Tom Ford on her radar! As is always the case designer clothes are way beyond our budget, but thankfully with a little scrimping and saving, designer sunglasses are not! With this year and next, seemingly obsessed with all things vintage, Tom Ford sunglasses are the perfect label to hit the retro mark. There are so many different styles and most of them are beautifully oversized which was such a common trait in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.
Thankfully the sun hasn’t disappeared just yet and there’s always the need for the perfect pair of shades to take you through the winter. In order to be bang on the money for next year’s big trends we’d suggest investing in a pair of Tom Ford sunglasses and you won’t be disappointed!
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Tom Ford sunglasses are one of the most stylishly superior in the eyewear and fashion industry. Created for men and women who appreciate the sense of bold, luxurious and unique design, the sunglasses remain sophisticated and chic whilst also being statement enough to allow the wearer to convey their own personality and stand out in the crowd.
Fashion is of course, ever evolving and whilst there will always be an ‘it’ style of accessory, be it a handbag, watch or a particular pair of sunglasses, the majority of people want an item that serves longevity and won’t be considered a ‘not’ accessory in six month’s time. When people invest in a pair of sunglasses they want something that is unique to them and would probably prefer to be the only person wearing them as opposed to wearing the same style as every other person just for the sake of that design being ‘in fashion’. This is where Tom Ford shines as a designer – his creations are instantly recognisable with the use of innovative and bold shapes, colour tones and expressive styles which has made the Tom Ford brand and thus his collection of sunglasses, a timeless trend all of their own. Tom Ford is synonymous with sophistication and the range of Tom Ford sunglasses perfectly captures this style trait.
There are a couple of new styles for summer in the Tom Ford sunglasses collection; the first of which is the slick and streamlined Marco sunglasses. A simple aviator design that looks equally great on men and women, these sunglasses feature a pale gold slim frame, black ear socks and graduated olive lenses. The use of soft colours adds to the versatility of this style – aviators are one of the most popular styles of sunglasses around and never fail to look incredibly stylish with literally any outfit. The Tom Ford Marco design is ultra sleek and will look equally as good in five years time as it does today.
A further new addition to the collection is one for the ladies; the Callae Tom Ford sunglasses. Again, the detailing is minimal but the design is striking and statement with a thick brown frame with rounded edges and brown arms which curve at the ear stems. This style is oversized with the graduated brown lenses more of an egg-shape than fully rounded. The perfect pair of sunglasses for achieving effortless glamour that is striking without looking too overstated.
An example of Tom Ford at his most bold and creative is demonstrated in the Nico sunglasses (as seen in the main image). Not for the shy girls, these shades show you mean business, portray a confident sense of style and that you are more likely a fashion innovator than a follower! With a thick, defined and almost triangular frame that boasts sharp angles, the Nico sunglasses have a futuristic appeal and due to their distinctive aesthetic, will continue to look amazing season after season.
As Tom Ford is such a highly skilled and creative designer and is also a strong and vibrant personality who is very much the ‘face’ of his brand, a huge number of celebrities are fans of the brand and are often spotted wearing his sunglasses. Audrina Partridge, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Kate Moss and Denise Richards are just a handful of stylish individuals who are regularly papped wearing a pair with actress and singer Demi Lovato also loving the bold Nico frames! All Tom Ford sunglasses are hand crafted in Italy and ensure superb quality along with a stunning style that represents elegance, charisma and an assured and confident approach to fashion.
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Prada is possibly one of the most renowned designer labels in the world and was founded in Milan in 1913 and began by designing and creating leather goods. In 1978 Miuccia Prada expanded the company into the world wide fashion house that it is today and Prada Sport which is sometimes referred to as ‘linea rossa’, meaning red line (because of the red line branding), is the sportier and lifestyle section of the Prada brand.
The Prada Sport brand was created because it wanted to bridge the gap between sport and fashion and entwine the two equally as often you find that one surpasses the other. Prada Sport is typically high fashion and retains the Prada glamour but has a distinctively sportier edge comprising of sports style shades such as visors and wrap-arounds as opposed to fashion classics such as the bug eyed Hollywood style oversized shades.
Prada Sport sunglasses are perfect for those who are after on-the-go style and are ideal for outdoor sports or physical activity. The collection varies between vibrant and bold frames as well as classic and understated. A common aesthetic feature is the injection of Italian style and these are definitely sunglasses that ooze quality and high class with a laid back edge. Prada Sport sunglasses are have a strong design personality with strong and sleek lines and that effortless cool style.
Some new styles to look out for this season include the PS07HS which with their sleek visor/shield style lenses and wide arms with the red Prada Sport branding, look fantastic for on-the-go style. The new and ultra sophisticated PS531S Prada Sport visor sunglasses feature a highly stylish slim arm, again with the red branding. These are sporty but are simultaneously extremely glamorous. The PS501S sunglasses are reminiscent of an oversized and sporty aviator and have a slightly retro feel with graduated brown lenses and arms which curve at the ends. The PS52ES sunglasses are a wrap-around style and with their silver frames and jet black arms these are timelessly stylish sunglasses with that ready for anything sporty feel.
Of course, Prada Sport sunglasses as well as the style factor have superb function and provide full UV protection from the sun’s rays in addition to durable and robust frames and lenses which are designed to be comfortable for all day and everyday wear. The sunglasses are produced in Italy using only the best an innovative manufacturing techniques and as a brand in general Prada is highly regarded for its superb quality and refined materials used in each and every product.
Prada Sport sunglasses are fantastic for people who like to look stylish but want their sunglasses to suit and compliment an active lifestyle. With chic and streamlined aesthetics and a distinct edge, you will never fail to look sharp in a pair of these. With celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Eva Longoria rocking their Prada Sport shades, is just goes to prove how highly regarded they also are in the celebrity world.
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When you think of the word sunglasses, Ray-Ban is the brand which probably springs to mind the quickest. Always at the forefront of style and fashion, Ray-Ban sunglasses actually have one of the most valid and interesting histories of all the designer brands. Indeed, their modern and on trend looks may deceive the fact that they have actually being around since 1936 and the first pair to be launched; the Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses are still hot sellers today.
The History-: During the 1940s, Ray-Ban worked closely with the US Air Force to develop the mirror lens which was an anti-glare measure and tested by pilots. Designed for the sole purpose of function, even back then, the sunglasses soon became quite the desired fashion accessory.
In the Movies-: Think back to all the classic films and it is very likely that a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses sneaked their way onto the silver screen. The most prominent film in which Ray-Ban sunglasses were featured is in the Blues Brothers, the actors of which are all pictured in Ray-Bans on posters for the film and in the famous opening sequence. Other films also include Miami Vice, Reservoir Dogs, Men in Black and who can forget Tom Cruise’s character in Top Gun!
On the Celebs-: As Ray-Ban sunglasses are always considered fashionable, a whole host of glamorous and fashion forward celebrities are regularly seen wearing them. These include Brad Pitt, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Kate Moss, and Cheryl Cole to name only a few who favour their Ray-Bans for that effortlessly thrown together look. The colourful Ray-Ban Wayfarers have been a huge hit in 2009 and have adorned the faces of many a celebrity in the style pages. The bright and bold colours are the perfect way to jazz up any outfit and the shape of the Wayfarer is actually very flattering for most face shapes.
The New Styles-: Ray-Ban is constantly updating and revamping its most iconic styles as well as launching brand new designs. A few to look out for this season include the new unisex RB2027 frames which with their slick wraparound style that is a little smarter than typical wraparounds are definitely set to be a sure favourite in 2010. This style is available in a selection of various colours and the slick Ray-Ban logo is positioned on the arms. The new RB2140 sunglasses are a further update of the Wayfarer and one particular version is incredibly cool and contemporary with a white acetate frame and a pink floral pattern on the interior of the arms. The new Tech RB8031 Ray-Ban’s are a new aviator style made from unique Ray-Ban Tech carbon fibre arms and polarised silver lenses and are a great example of using the most innovative of production techniques and materials to create an incredibly high quality product.
Ray-Ban is one of those brands that has its own distinctive style and the sunglasses remain classic yet keep up with modern trends by injecting contemporary features such as splashes of colour, vibrant patterns and modern technical additions. They really are one of the best brands to invest in if you are looking for great looks and quality and the various styles, because of their simplicity suit many face shapes and fashion preferences. Definitely a winning brand if you are looking to achieve an effortless and thrown together look with a sense of celebrity-like chic!
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If you’re celebrity savvy like us you will have been watching all the action at the recent 2009 Cannes Film Festival with interest. The stars, the dresses, the parties and the gossip kept us entertained for at least a week!
Angelina and Brad put on a show of togetherness in answer to reports of an imminent split. Penelope Cruz braved the festival whilst suffering with flu. Twilight’s Robert Pattinson’s non-stop partying was widely reported. Surprise at the pairing of Hero’s Hayden Panettiere and T4’s Steve Jones, seen canoodling onboard David Furnish’s yacht for the duration of the festival. Paris Hilton and her beau Doug Reinhart courting the paps as usual and Mariah Carey promoting her new film ‘Precious’. As well as 2 films depicting the life of Mademoiselle Chanel and an appearance from Chanel‘s Creative Director, the unflappable Karl Lagerfeld, made for an exciting festival.
The French Riviera was awash with Hollywood Glitterati and the sun shone brightly, so unsurprisingly we were treated to a role call of the latest, most fashionable designer sunglasses as modelled by the A-Listers.
Police sunglasses were a popular choice amongst the men, with director Quentin Tarantino, rapper Neyo and the newly reformed Spandau Ballet all sporting various cool looking styles. Brad Pitt took to the Red Carpet for his movie ‘Inglourious Basterds’ wearing top to toe Tom Ford including a sharp looking pair of Tom Ford style aviators. Both Robert Pattinson and Orlando Bloom flew the flag for Ray Ban, with the Twilight star rocking some Ray Ban Clubmasters and Bloom wearing nothing but swimming shorts and a pair of Ray Ban Wayfarers.
German born Diane Kruger is rarely seen without her Ray Ban Wayfarers and Cannes was no exception this year. Eva Longoria turned up the heat with a sizzling pair of large red Gina sunglasses by Louis Vuitton accompanied by her husband, basketball player Tony Parker. Red head Julianne Moore was pictured wearing a stunning pair of oversized black Gucci sunglasses and singer Mariah Carey chose a fabulous pair of Roberto Cavalli sunglasses for her photo call. Closing this year’s festival was Chanel muse and actress Anna Mouglalis with her film ‘Coco Chanel & Igor Strvinsky’ wearing… Chanel sunglasses – bien sur!
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Founded in 1978 by Renzo Rosso, the Diesel brand has since become one of the most popular brands in the fashion industry and is renowned for its laid back, cool, yet sharp image. Rosso and his team of designers always aspired to become fashion innovators as opposed to catching on to trends and are certainly that little bit more edgy than the norm. Diesel quickly became a fashion leader and hence, you will often see other brands trying to emulate the Diesel style. Their methods of manufacturing their products are based highly on quality control and therefore every item is as high quality as you can get, and of course, reflects a sense of unique individual style.
For summer 2009, Diesel has a range of fabulously fresh and creative frames and styles. The new polished black Diesel shades with the silver logo on the arms are extremely cool and are a little bit sporty yet ooze style with that high fashion essence. The silver sunglasses with tortoiseshell features are smart and sophisticated and something a little bit different. Diesel also have a fantastic selection of sportier wrap around styles, aviators and the classic frames.
The great thing about Diesel sunglasses is that the frames are unisex. In order for the same pair of shades to look great on both men and women, they have to be skilfully crafted and of a style that suits both genders. Diesel captures this balance perfectly. The brand is one of the key looks for many super cool celebrities such as the Beckhams, Beyonce, Brad Pitt, Paris Hilton and Matt Damon. Diesel sunglasses are a way of portraying your style, in a subtle way that makes a big fashion statement. It also shows you are a true style innovator and not a follower!
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