Once again the stars flocked to the Coachella Festival in California this April, to see the likes of Kanye West, Mumford and Sons, Arcade Fire and The Kings of Leon perform. The temperature was soaring and the celebs, as always, kicked back in their best festival garb… Known for the great line up year after year, Coachella is also famed for it’s super stylish A-list party crowd, who set the bar high for fashionable festival goers throughout the ensuing festival season.
California’s finest kept it cool with loose flowing fabrics in soft muted colours like white, cream and peach, as well as teeny tiny denim shorts and quirky little dresses. All outfits were of course accessorised with the coolest designer sunglasses. With the mercury hitting highs of 40 degrees over the festival weekend, sunglasses were essential to keep celebrity peepers covered. Amongst the A-List, Ray-Ban sunglasses appeared to be the brand of choice. Actress Kate Bosworth is huge fan of Ray Ban sunglasses and was pictured wearing her Ray Ban Aviators all weekend. Known for her hip style Kate Bosworth is very loyal to the label and was spotted in the same Ray Ban aviator style shades at Coachella in 2010 too.
Another actress famed for her laid back, but cool, edgy style is Kirsten Dunst. Kirsten was spotted with her boyfriend Alexander Skarsgard from True Blood, rocking black Ray Ban Clubmaster sunglasses, whilst he was wearing a similar style of shades with red frames. Joshua Jackson, best known as Diane Kruger’s other half and for playing Pacey in Dawsons Creek is also a fan of Ray Bans. At Coachella he was seen relaxing in the sun sporting Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses.
Ray Ban sunglasses are always a popular choice at festivals…. whilst the Wayfarers come in a multitude of colours and patterns and look ultra modern, the Clubmasters have a retro style which is very hip right now and the aviator shape is an absolute classic. Ray Ban sunglasses combine superb technology with an effortlessly cool style, making them the ultimate brand for festival revelling!
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Calvin Klein watches are much like their name sake – understated, elegant and stylish. Calvin Klein, has made a career out of creating high fashion designs with clean lines, luxe fabrics and very simple cuts. Boosted by the enormous success of the famous CK jeans campaigns starring Kate Moss and Mark Walberg, and the ageless CK One scent in the Nineties, Calvin Klein now dominates the fashion arena. His designs are worn by the rich and famous on the red carpet and he employs the likes of Eva Mendes and Diane Kruger as brand ambassadors.
With all this success, Calvin Klein has now turned his hand to designing watches. Using the same blue print he uses for the rest of his collections, Klein has come up trumps with a new range of fabulous watches. The Calvin Klein watch collection on Shade Station is a sight for sore eyes, even the conventional watches look incredible. Expensive looking materials like leather, croc skin, highly polished stainless steel and gold plate dominate the ensemble and there are striking designs throughout.
We want to draw your attention to some of the truly unique Calvin Klein watches available for purchase;
Calvin Klein Watch ‘Fly’ – This is an unusual piece, designed to double up as a bracelet. With a kind of cage concept, 6 slim sliver bands wrap over the black face of the watch and form a delicate bracelet. The analogue time can be read through the silver bands easily and this design is both a practical and interesting arm decoration.
Calvin Klein Watch ‘Mirror’ – This watch has an elegant space age look. It has an oversized, very smooth round face, which comes in black or gold and is highly polished. The face displays no digits at all, apart from the subtle CK logo at twelve o’clock. The bracelet of the Mirror watch is super slim and contrasts beautifully with the large dial.
Calvin Klein Watch ‘Hypnotic’ - Arguably the most striking of the bunch, this truly hypnotic watch makes a gorgeous luxe arm piece. Designed to be more ‘bracelet’ than ‘watch’ this style sports a small black dial which nestles comfortably in a sea of curvaceous polished stainless steel that wraps around your arm.
Calvin Klein Watch ‘Glam’ – Ironically this watch is less glam than the previous styles, but still merits a mention for being pretty unusual. The strap is made of satin leather in either black or beige and on top of it sits a ring of polished stainless steel, under which the time is displayed.
Although we’ve pointed out just a handful of stand-out Calvin Klein watches, the rest of the collection is by no means shabby. With plenty of design flair and unique touches the new Calvin Klein watch collection is a roaring success.
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There aren’t many sunglass brands that have reached iconic status, yet Ray Ban has undoubtedly achieved this well-earned title. The label has enjoyed extreme highs and lows over the past 70 years and despite the lows, Ray Ban is here to stay. Very few sunglass brands have defined generations and inspired hundreds of similar designs and imitations. Amazingly given their popularity and rich heritage of celebrity endorsement throughout the Fifties, Sixties, Eighties and Noughties, Ray Ban spent long periods of time in the wilderness until their popularity surged once again.
Ray Ban sunglasses have graced movie icons such as James Dean and Audrey Hepburn, Eighties stars John Belushi and Tom Cruise and present day hipsters like Kate Moss and Lily Allen at one time or another. Of course it’s no surprise that the classic ‘Wayfarer’ has been worn more times by celebrity fans than any other model the label have produced. Popularised by films like ‘Breakfast at Tiffanys’, ‘The Blues Brothers’ and ‘Risky Business’ the ‘Wayfarer’ has enjoyed incredible success due to its simple design and sharp look.
The slightly nerdier looking ‘Clubmaster’, worn by Twilight star Robert Pattinson and the very stylish German actress Diane Kruger, has a smaller fan base but is still a classic design and affords the wearer a distinctly hip look.
The ever popular Ray Ban ‘Aviator’ design has been hugely imitated over the years and was Ray Ban’s initial creation back in 1929. Designed with special anti-glare lenses for use by pilots in the US Air force, the ‘Aviator’ model is both practical and effortlessly cool. Perhaps the most versatile of all the Ray Ban designs the ‘Aviator’ style suits men and women of all ages and can be worn both casually or formally.
Ray Ban is not only limited to these 3 styles. The brand have produced an incredible range of sunglasses over the years and you will find many of the styles on these Shade Station pages. Without a doubt Ray Ban has earned it’s icon status and we look forward to many more years of show-stopping Ray Ban designs!
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Ray Ban’s may be one of our favourite staple sunglasses but what we love so much about the brand is their constant ability to revive or introduce new styles and frames to keep us fashion lovers on our toes. The Clubmaster, with their typically fifties inspired style were hugely popular in the eighties and have come full circle once more for 2009. With their cool, retro appeal, they are certain to be a sure favourite this summer and whilst the vintage Clubmaster retains its classic and chic style, it has been transported into 2009 with a huge burst of colour.
The massive trend of 2009 with both accessories and clothing is an injection of bold colour, and Ray Ban have typically pre-empted this and now in addition to the classic black-and-tortoise shell Clubmasters, you can choose from other vibrant colours such as devil red and light gold. Clubmasters will suit a skinny jeans, heels and t-shirt look right through to a more urban street style and they are already a hit with quite the eclectic and trendy crowd with celebrities such as Pete Doherty, Diane Kruger and Robin Pattinson huge fans.
In fact, Rayban are so proud of their revived Clubmasters that back in December they hosted a party to celebrate the launch. Held in New York’s Bowery Ballroom, indie bands Black Kids, Ipso-Facto and White Williams in keeping with the Clubmaster theme, reinterpreted their favourite ‘50s and ‘60s songs at the legendary music hall for guests including Kevin Bacon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Johsua Jackson and Diane Kruger. Ray-Ban will also hold Clubmaster events in Beijing and Milan. These are certainly sure to be the sunglasses of the season!
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