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Long “Haute” Summer: The Ultimate Guide to the Hottest Sunglasses

Let’s face it, the eyes have it. It’s an old saying, but could not be a more fitting motto for the summer fashion trend.  After all, l 2020 has been a year of anything but business as usual.  Spring fashion shows cat-walked last fall, but that was months before dressing rooms were roped off like a VIP-only disco.

It’s no wonder we’re more in love with sunglasses than ever before.  You don’t need a private dressing room, you can swap one for every outfit and still not have too many, and they can change your look or image unlike any other accessory.   Shift from jet-setting sophisticate to retro rock chick with a singular sleight of hand.  This year’s trends taken inspiration from both decades past and romantic whimsy, yet remain focused on the future with cutting-edge materials and innovative use of texture.

Agents of Shield

Aviators and pilots have never completely disappeared, but they took off on the spring fashion runways.  This style oozes confidence for the global woman of mystery who can pull it off.

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Fendi $430

Shield sunglasses in gold-colored metal with slender temples and flat tips. Pink lenses are accented with iconic Fendi gold Pequin motif.  An updated classic.

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Emporio Armani $220

These blush-tinted shields have just the right touch of detail to go anywhere with anything.

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Bvlgari Serpenti $416

The Bulgari Serpenti Eye-bite shield sunglasses feature multicolored enameled décor on the brow line and openwork detail, highlighting the soft brown gradient lenses and the serpentine gold-toned temples. Alluring understatement that is the hallmark of the Bvlgari brand.

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Linda Farrow Cutout $945

Linda Farrow designs are on fire and in demand.  The swirling, intertwined cutout detail at brows render this aviator design an eyewear masterpiece.

Flights of Fancy

These styles take an eclectic turn with shapes and textures animated by nature and aroused by romance.

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Miu Miu Noir $418

Featuring the Miu MIu lightweight construction, heart-shaped lenses and aviator frames.  The deep bronze tone brings the love struck design down to earth.

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Chloe Rosie Rimless $294

Chloe’s ‘Rosie’ sunglasses exude unabashed femininity with delicately scalloped edges and a vibrant rose hue.

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Gucci Bamboo Effect $580

Bamboo designs were first incorporated into Gucci’s collections in 1947 and have been emblematic of the design house ever since. These sunglasses feature the motif carved into oversized round frames with intricate gold-tone metal detailing.

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Valentino Butterfly $360

View the world through butterfly lenses with these rimless sunglasses. Crafted from gunmetal that’s discreetly melded with Valentino signature Rockstuds. 

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Tory Burch Octagonal $255

Make a statement with this modern, geometric shape that’s exceedingly wearable. Completed with signature cut-out logos on the wide-shield arms.

Think Big

Skinny silhouettes move over!  The biggest trend this summer is retro-chic, queen-size frames.  Channeling movie goddesses or disco divas from bygone eras is easy when you go big.    

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Prada Decode $455     

Architecturally sleek, the deco design is characterized by metal inserts that interrupt the continuity of the silhouette and emphasize the contrasting colors.

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Dior 30Montaigne $495

Unflinching movie star chic. Sophia Loren would wear these. The black acetate frame is festooned with the CD signature in gold-finish metal. Only thing missing is the swimming pool and wide-brim hat.

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Tom Ford Gia $495

Semi-rimless frames and gold- tone T-shaped temples give these oversized butterfly sunglasses their dramatic flair. These sunglasses have an oversized butterfly silhouette inspired by glamorous 1970s eyewear.

Rag & Bone $235

Oversized frames with stylish restraint.   A slightly oval silhouette featuring the R&B signature dagger hinge.  The rosy-brown shade and minimalist style compliment all face shapes and skin tones.

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Salvatore Ferragamo Angel $395

Mixed-media frames highlight the angular design complete with logo-etched temples.

What’s New Pussycat?

Your skinny mini-cat-eyes will have their day again.  This season, however, chunky cats and kittens are having their day in the sun.

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Alaia L’Arabesque $895

Fashioned from glossy acetate into a slinky cat-eye silhouette. Ornamented with the Maison-Alaia ‘L’Arabesque’ pattern impart such a startling sensuality, you can almost hear them purr.

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Dolce & Gabana Pussé $295

The scalloped tips of the frames and contrasting blue lenses ooze 1960’s glam.  Sex-kitten certified.

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Bottega Veneta Stylized Cat-Eye $440

Cat-eye curves meet modern fashion sensibility. Rods and ends feature trademark bow detail with gold fringe. Available in bold shades for the uninhibited.

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Coach Tea Rose $185

These open wire frames put a delicate kink on the cat-eye profile. Lightweight and durable, they feature Coach’s prairie-inspired Tea Rose details, shimmering crystals and a curved temple.  This cat whispers.

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Jimmy Choo Malya $355

Designed with yellow brown Havana tips, tortoise rims with golden accent sunglasses exemplify the confident woman who won’t sacrifice feminine charm. This oval-shaped style comes with cut-out fronts for a hint of edge, and is finished with complementing tips that continue the chic look

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Burberry $279

Swinging 60’s London revisited. A geometric frame in dark tortoiseshell acetate, accentuated with palladium-plated rims and traditional pin rivets. Bequeathed with the Burberry monogram.

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Tiffany & Co $391

These bold butterfly-shaped acetate frames feature refined metal temples with a wheat leaf motif.  An elevated elegance expected from the iconic jewelry house.

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Celine $450

Streamlined and sophisticated, these Italian sunglasses combine the best of all worlds for a flawless design remains timeless

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