The essence of UK style is very well defined by British brand Bench and the same goes with the collection of Bench watches. Always launching fresh designs throughout the year, you’ll be pleases to hear that there are a fantastic new range of impressive Bench watches just added to our shelves. All the new designs perfectly represent the cool and laid back UK inspired style but with a chic edge that makes them an accessory that can easily transcend from day to night. Bench watches also creatively capture some of the key trend elements of the moment but still retain the brand’s unique style.
Colour is still a big look on the watch style scene and the new ladies BC0355PP Bench watch is a vibrant purple tone, featuring a highly polished purple polycarbonate bracelet strap, a purple dial and the iconic Bench logo boldly displayed diagonally across the entire dial in striking white. This style of watch is incredibly fashion forward and the bold logo immediately integrates the strong and unapologetic Bench attitude!
A cool and statement style with a slick urban edge has always been a prominent look for Bench and the new BC0353WHBR Bench watch for men is a great example of this. Featuring a smart brown leather strap with a worn-in style textured finished, the main focal point is the dial with angled and defined edges, and a case made of polished stainless steel to add a contrast of textures and materials. The square white dial is boldly designed with blue, black and white accents and the Bench logo is also displayed. This watch is definitely masculine and edgy, yet also smart and chic.
Something a little more contemporary and different from the regular Bench watch styles, the BC0356BK watch is a unisex style and simple in design with a black rubber strap with grooved line detailing and a multi-functional digital dial complete with a red LED display. This watch though minimal in design, shows real style attitude and would look great dressed up or down. Sometimes less is definitely more!
Bench is a brand that has become a firm player on the style scene, with the cool and underground style one that has been spotted on the likes of Lady Gaga, David Beckham and Cameron Diaz. Bench watches can be mixed and matched with a variety of looks and can be used to dress down and add a gritty edge to a more feminine outfit for the girls for example, whilst creating a more casual finish to a smart look for the guys.
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Marc Jacobs really is the last word in cool. He’s a born and bred New Yorker and been cited as one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine, of all publications. He produces to-die-for clothes and accessories, not only under his namesake label and diffusion line Marc by Marc Jacobs, but also as Creative Director of fashion power house Louis Vuitton.
Where he finds the time to design watches whilst creating fabulous designs for 3 different labels we’ll never know, but find time he has. Marc by Marc Jacobs watches are bold, fun and flirty just like the man himself. He has designed a selection of wristwear for men and women in his own image. Slightly camp, black with injections of purple and accents of gold, the
Marc by Marc Jacobs watch collection is witty and appeals across the board. His diffusion line is deliberately cheaper than his haute couture label and therefore his wristwear is very affordable. Prices start from £150, which is cheap to bag some designer wrist candy.
Shade Station has a fledgling bunch of Marc by Marc Jacobs watches on offer, having very recently started stocking them. Amongst the most popular are women’s watches MBM1148 and MBM2044. Neither could be more different, but they are both highly sought after.
Style MBM1148 is a perfect example of the humour Marc Jacobs brings to his designs. He uses his ‘Miss Marc House of Cards’ graphics in a cartoony, graffiti style to liven up the face of the watch and surrounds it with a thick white band with ‘Marc Jacobs’ written in large lettering. There’s no mistaking who designed this one! The wristpiece is finished with a sombre black leather strap which works well with the outlandishness of the face.
Marc by Marc Jacobs style MBM2044 is rather more ladylike and refined, but nevertheless bold, with a deep purple leather strap. Mounted on the strap is the face of the watch in a rectangular gold stainless steel case. The watch face is simple with a gold 2 handed movement dial and some rather military issue gold writing depicting the Marc Jacobs brand behind it.
Marc Jacob is certainly one of the coolest, if not the coolest, designer to come out of New York. He’s loved by the likes of Lady Gaga, Madonna, Sofia Copella, and our own Victoria Beckham among others, and although we covet his designer clothes, we can’t quite afford them – but we can now afford a little bit of Marc by Marc Jacobs on our wrists!
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If you’re not in Ray Ban sunglasses this summer you may find yourself in the minority… The Ray Ban craze shows no signs of abating – quite the contrary in fact as they’ve already updated their tasty portfolio of shades this year.
At the beginning of 2010 Ray Ban introduced their ‘Rare Prints’ range of Wayfarer sunglasses – a twist on the original block shades, with subway designs, floral motifs and stripes. In addition to some snazzy prints, Ray Ban have released the Wayfarer II, an update on the Wayfarer style with two tone coloured frame and arms. The summer is the perfect time to add more colour to your palette and Ray Ban make it super easy, as so many of their Wayfarer designs are colourtastic! Just pop a pair on and you’ve nailed a couple of trends in one go!
Most young celebrities acknowledge the style power of Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses and some are die-hard fans. Stylish men and women who wear Wayfarers include; Rachel Bilson, Kate Bosworth, Dominic Cooper and Robert Pattinson.
Continuing with the colour theme and also picking up on our love for oversized shades, Ray Ban’s Cats 1000 are a great pair of sunglasses to cover your peepers this summer. With acetate frames, massive lenses and a retro style, the Cats 1000 come in a range of bright colours including acid pink and yellow, tortoiseshell and two tone.
Another hit this summer for Ray Ban has been their sunglasses style RB4141. A little like a re-worked Club Master, but with Wayfarer arms, these shades have smaller round lenses and smack of Sixties vintage with a new age twist. Worn by the likes of Lady Gaga and Pixie Geldof, the perfectly round lenses are a huge trend this season.
And finally we couldn’t leave without mentioning our love of Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses. The original and still the best – these beauties were designed for pilots back in the day and now adorn everyone from Cheryl Cole, Kylie, Tom Cruise and David Beckham. Loved by all and sympathetic to most face shapes, Aviators are the classic stylish option to some of Ray Ban’s wackier styles.
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With summer on the way, a pair of sunglasses provides the essential accessory to protect your eyes and ensure that you look super stylish. Whether you prefer your sunglasses to be chic, sophisticated, super glamorous, sporty, or perhaps a combination of each style, we definitely have something that will appeal. With a huge array of designer brands to choose from, you need look no further than Shade Station when finding your perfect pair of sunglasses.
Carrera sunglasses are going to be huge this summer and we have already seen both Lady Gaga and Alicia Keys rocking a pair of Carreras in their recent music videos. With celebrities such as Kanye West and Paris Hilton also working the Carrera sunglass look, these retro sporty inspired sunglasses with vibrant coloured and fresh toned frames are effortlessly cool, great for everyday chic and offer something a little alternative.
A new exciting brand just added to our list is Pucci sunglasses . This designer label is famous for its vibrantly printed scarves with beautiful swirly, psychedelic style patterns and the brand has now launched a sunglasses range. Capturing the key trend of colour, the collection comprises of some wonderfully glamorous oversized retro style sunglasses with the iconic boho style Pucci pattern as well as block colours including stunning aqua tones as well as feminine violet and purple. The detailing incorporated into the Pucci sunglasses is also striking.
Next up we have the ever stylish and faithful Police sunglasses brand which with their understated yet effortlessly cool range, you will never fail to look chic and stylish. Police shades have also added some new styles to their collection which include sleek wraparound sunglasses, classic style sunglasses with narrow frames and aviators and even some retro oversized styles with a sporty edge. Great sunglasses for both the guys and girls!
Fendi is also a hot designer brand to look out for and following the launch of the new Fendi Chef handbag, the luxury brand thought it only fair to launch a pair of Fendi sunglasses to match – perfect for every fashionista! There are some wonderfully dramatic but elegant Fendi oversized sunglass styles with pretty embellishments such as a small flower positioned on the frame making for a delicate touch. Perfect for channelling a high fashion and polished edge.
Who could forget Prada? The ultimate in glamour, Prada sunglasses have some incredibly styles for both men and women ranging from classically oversized to cool aviators and some new geek chic styles with narrow lenses and thick frames. The Prada butterfly sunglasses which are nipped in at the centre are still a huge must-have for this season and add definition and a unique edge to your look – perfect for something that little bit different. In an array of vibrant colours as well as classic tones such as black and brown, Prada sunglasses tick every style box.
Prada Sport sunglasses are also a new addition and offer something a little more sports orientated and great for everyday on-the-go chic with understated classic styles complete with the vibrant Prada Sport logo. Wraparound sunglasses, visor style sunglasses, geek chic style sunglasses (thick frames and narrow lenses) and aviator sunglasses are the hot designs to look out for and perfectly capture that summer chic look with a casual edge.
Ray-Ban sunglasses never fail to be a hot favourite and the style icons cannot get enough of the revamped and on-trend colourful Wayfarers which are constantly seen when the sun comes out (and even when it doesn’t!). This season, Ray-Ban have also launched Limited Edition Wayfarers which of course, are only available for a limited amount of time and are going to be a firm style favourite this summer an sure to be seen at the music festivals. One of the most classic of all the Ray-Ban’s and one of the first styles of sunglasses to be launched is the Aviator RB3025 sunglass which is still going strong and a classic that has been adapted to incorporate various lens and frame colours but retaining the original edge that makes it so popular and again, a favourite among the celebrities!
For something ultra dramatic, glamorous and show stopping look no further than BVLGARI sunglasses. These sunglasses are always regarded as on trend due to their high fashion appeal that never fails to attract attention. Regularly spotted on the most chic of style icons and celebrities BVLGARI sunglasses are the depiction of luxury fashion. With intricately designed hinge detailing, embellishments that often stretch down the length of the arm and the incorporation of exquisite colours the collection of oversized and visor style BVLGARI sunglasses are timeless accessories.
Tom Ford is the man of the moment in both movies and fashion and his collection of Tom Ford sunglasses are wonderfully chic and glamorous. One particular style that will definitely turn heads is the oversized Nico Sunglass style – these sunglasses are creatively designed with a triangular style frame but as this season is all about going bold and as fashion is about creating a statement then why not give them a try and assert your own unique high fashion style! Other styles include the more classic and slim framed oversized styles as well as some super chic new aviators which are timeless sunglass classics.
Lady Gaga shot to stardom in 2009 and she is now one of the most famous ladies in pop, also noted for her unusual but amazing sense of fashion. Whilst off stage Lady Gaga can often be spotted working the latest designer shades and she was recently featured on the front cover of V Magazine in a pair of MMJ112 Marc Jacobs peel-off style sunglasses! The MMJ112 sunglasses are an oversized retro style and look incredibly funky and stylish in hot seasonal colours. These are sure to be a favourite this spring/summer along with the other oversized and aviator Marc Jacobs sunglass styles.
The famous Oakley sunglass brand never fails to surprise and impress with its highly innovative and stylish range of sunglasses, perfect for every sporting need. Some of the new releases including the O Rokr and Split Thump incorporate added high tech features such as an MP3 player and Bluetooth so you can listen to your favourite tunes and keep in touch whilst on the go! The new Oakley Conduct frame is an amazingly slick visor style with Oakley’s unique High Definition Optics for precise visual clarity and a chic and bold aesthetic style. The Oakley M Frame sunglasses capture the futuristic style appeal and feature innovative M shaped lenses for function, style and comfort and the new Oakley Hinder sunglasses are an oversized style for ladies with that distinct Oakley attitude with a high trend edge. Oakley is always at the forefront of eyewear technology and the brand’s sunglasses never fail to look sleek and streamlined and convey that the wearer really means business!
Other hot brands to look out for include the classically sophisticated Chanel sunglasses in addition to Dior sunglasses, Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses, Roberto Cavalli sunglasses, Gucci sunglasses and Armani sunglasses for a wide array of super glamorous sunglasses that make for the one faithful accessory that will remain stylish for seasons to come. D Squared sunglasses, Prada Sport sunglasses and Von Zipper sunglasses offer a fantastic range of sporty but cool sunglasses and are a hit among the extreme sport athletes and celebrities. For a classic touch of chic, look no further than Armani sunglasses, Roberto Cavalli sunglasses and for that injection of street style edginess, why not opt for a pair of innovatively designed Diesel sunglasses?
At Shade Station we are always on the lookout for the latest brands and styles and regularly update our sunglasses collections. Check out our style blog so you are up to speed with what’s hot and new in! Be sure to also check out our sales to get that sought after style at a fantastic price. Whatever style of sunglasses you opt for, or even if you are looking to try something new, we have all the latest and classic styles to ensure that we fulfil every sunglass style and function need.
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Lady Gaga is certainly the lady of the moment in pop music and although famous for her talent as a singer/songwriter and an incredible performer, her sense of fashion is always a talking point in the celebrity columns and style pages! Gaga has become quite the buzz word in the fashion world!
If there’s one accessory that Lady Gaga is never without, it’s a pair of statement shades. The bolder the better, we rarely see the pop diva without a pair of dramatic sunglasses adorning her eyes. The latest designer brand she has been seen sporting are a new pair of Fendi Sunglasses which perfectly capture the seasonal sunglasses trend of statement and drama.
The Fendi sunglasses which are soon in stock here at Shade Station are oversized and have a distinctly angular design on the exterior edges. The sophisticated brown lenses are also relatively far apart separated by a single wire bridge and the arms are gold toned with a typically statement style arm hinge – something that Fendi often incorporates into its sunglasses which help to define the dramatic shape of the overall aesthetic. As a brand Fendi is renowned for its ultra chic and sophisticated but unusual style of sunglasses that experiment with angular lens and frame shapes and definition.
Many Hollywood stars and celebrities love the Fendi look as it represents a high fashion and luxury vibe but with a unique edge that conveys a super confident sense of style. The fact that Lady Gaga has been snapped wearing them is testament to the fact that they are definitely going to be a popular accessory this season and we are very excited about their imminent arrival!
Keep your eyes peeled for updates – we’ll let you know as soon as they’re in stock!
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Carrera was born out of a desire to create sunglasses and accessories for sports, primarily for people within motor sports, winter sports and cycling. Launched in 1956, the company name is Spanish for ‘race’ and pays homage to the ‘Carrera Panamericana’ Mexican road race of the 1950s.
Although designed for sport, Carrera have won over the fashion crowd to staggering effect. Helped by the likes of Kylie Minogue, Kanye West and David Beckham, Carrera is no longer just a company with a solid base in the sports industry, it’s become a byword for cool looking sunglasses.
Worn by celebrities and hipsters alike, Carrera sunglasses have surged in popularity in recent years. Whether it’s Twilight’s Taylor Lautner, wearing his Carrera ‘Jocker’s’, Lady GaGa posing wearing ‘Champion’ Carrera sunglasses in her ‘Bad Romance’ music video or Gwen Stefani out and about in her white ‘Safari’ style Carrera sunglasses, Carrera has truly become a global phenomenon. The trickle down effect is evident as music festivals, gigs and hip hang-outs are awash with people sporting Carrera sunglasses.
Although the most frequently worn ‘Champion’ Carrera sunglasses are based on the familiar aviator design, they have a unique retro style. With over sized plastic frames, the Carrera logo on the bridge and a unisex design, these sunglasses provide the wearer with a Carrera cool look! There are many different styles of sunglasses within the Carrera portfolio and considering how popular they are, the price of a pair of shades is extraordinarily reasonable – at Shade Station you won’t pay more than £72. I think you’ll agree with us that it’s unusual to get sunglasses with such quality, style and pedigree for such a competitive price!
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The Carrera brand though noted for its funky and highly trendy style, was founded in 1956 and the company produces a range of sports eyewear including ski helmets, goggles and sunglasses. The Carrera name was inspired by the ‘Carrera Panamerica’ which is a car race that covers the whole of Mexico. The spirit of Carrera is very much of the philosophy that its wearers have a huge passion and enthusiasm for sports and maintain the desire to be the best.
Carrera sunglasses are definitely one of the most fashion-forward of all of the sunglasses brands, especially those within the sports/fashion sector. The sunglasses are retro in style with funky and contemporary edges and are worn by a number of celebrities including Paris Hilton and Kanye West.
Carrera has very recently announced that one of the new frames within its collection, the Panamerika 1 design will be included in 12-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and producer Alicia Keys’ new music video. The song from her new album ‘The Element of Freedom’ is called ‘Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart’, which is being released on December 15th. The theme of the video shows Keys as a superhero, sporting the Panamerika 1 Carrera shades.
These particular sunglasses are incredibly retro in style with a distinct 80’s aesthetic and are part of Carrera’s recently relaunched vintage collection and look spectacular in the new video. Another video in which you may recognise the Carrera brand is in Lady Gaga’s new track Bad Romance. We see the pop diva rocking the super stylish Champion Carrera sunglasses which fit perfectly into the abstract and surreal nature of the video which sees Lady Gaga performing within a somewhat controversial and risqué setting.
The Champion Carrera sunglasses are a further highly stylish part of the collection and are again, retro in style and reminiscent of an oversized aviator. The white versions are incredibly cool and also feature the trademark Carrera red line across the top section of the frame. The Carrera brand is always successful in maintaining the core retro style but adding injections of contemporary elements such as bold and fresh colour. The fact that it is the chosen brand to be featured in high profile music videos by iconic artists is testament to how popular and fashion forward Carrera is regarded.
There are some hot new styles to look out for this season which include some classic aviator styles with vibrant lens and frame colours such as the Gypsy in addition to some striking sporty styles with that high trend edge such as the Jocker/T sunglasses in hot pink. Carrera sunglasses definitely make a style statement and should be worn with confidence and attitude! The brand is geared towards the theme of striving to be the best and you will definitely be the leader of the style pack whilst working a pair of these!
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Versace is arguably the best known luxury designer brand. The label is widely known to be glamorous, beautiful, sophisticated and luxe. Headed up by Creative Director Donatella Versace, who took over the family business following the death of her brother Gianni in 1997, Versace has gone from strength to strength under her guidance.
Perhaps best known for their daring, plunging eveningwear, Versace is comfortable in the limelight and the headlines, as movie stars and musicians clamor to wear the latest designs from the Versace collection. Elizabeth Hurley is a fantastic example of a Versace Woman. Elevated to fame on the arm of Hugh Grant whilst wearing THAT infamous safety pin dress, she has since gone on to star in numerous Versace campaigns and has been a great supporter of the label and a good friend to Donatella. Similarly Jennifer Lopez is a big fan of Versace. If you had to think of one image of J-Lo, I’m guessing it would be of her wearing the green tropical, slashed to the navel, attention grabbing dress at the 2000 Grammys, early in her career. That dress was the topic of conversation for many months after and as such Versace enjoyed another red carpet smash.
Current fashion favourite, singer, Lady GaGa is renowned for her very bold choice of eyewear. The sunglasses that she is seen in, in every promotional shot, video and out on the town are widely acknowledged to be vintage Versace.
A bit like their uber sexy dresses, Versace sunglasses have an unmistakable injection of sexual prowess. Curvy and often over sized, with gold detailing largely on the arms and the instantly recognisable Versace logo, Versace shades are the accessory of choice for many a stylish woman. Although bling, Versace sunglasses never overstep the vulgar mark. Normally in black or tortoiseshell and available in many differing styles (wrap around, fly, square), Versace eyewear is definitely a stylish choice for fashion-forward confident women.
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