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July 18, 2017

Runway to Real Life

Runway to Real Life

Whether it’s Pala or Prada, there are essentially six sunglass styles that may or may not be the perfect match for your face. We’ve rounded them up for you, the hard part will be choosing one of those that floats your boat. [Spoiler – you can and should choose more].

Most of us rarely give the same cyclical consideration to sunglasses, other than whether it’s sunny or not. But take a look around at the people who are wearing sunglasses (don’t stare mind – that might just be plain rude) and you’ll often find those frames being very much an extension of their personality, whether introvert or extrovert! Here are the main protagonists..


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As one of the most iconic styles of sunglasses, aviators have become a mark of distinction for many men and women around the world. Life began as a medical necessity for pilots flying combat planes during the First World War, but the actual aviator shape itself wasn’t developed until much later in 1936. Since then it has remained a timeless piece much loved by A-listers such as Tom Cruise, George Clooney and Jennifer Aniston.

Retro classics

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Leading the retro revival since he took the helm of the Italian icon, Gucci’s Alessandro Michele knows the importance of tried and tested styles that he puts firmly on the style set’s wishlists with his inimitable signature look. And sometimes he just embraces the simple perfection of classic style, and there is nothing wrong with that either. Tom Ford and Prada also put familiar styles on new faces this season.


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There has been a resurgence of mirrored lenses in recent seasons, with all colours of the rainbow available (or actual rainbows if you’re Victoria Beckham) to fill your frames. The Dior or Chanel runways were inspiration for the masses – the storied French houses took things back to future.


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Credit: @dior

Chanel and Dior can also be held responsible for the shift in round-edged styles taking on a more geometric aesthetic, the latter creating the most some of the most Instagram-worthy looks of the last year. Whether it’s a physics-defying design or an angled update on a classic, we’re into it.


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Credit: @victoriabeckham

The finest acetate in its polished glory like at Maison Margiela or embellished and bejewelled like at Miu Miu and Dolce, the cat-eye shape is brought bang up-to-date, but has it really gone anywhere since its inception in the Fifties?


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Credit: @prada

Oversized sunglasses are a very modern idea, if the Eighties can still be considered modern. They have had their ups and downs in terms of popularity, but have never gone away. This season they are out in full force, seen at Gucci and Roksanda among many others.

So oversized, retro, futuristic or feline. The ultimate summer shopping shortlist has already been created for you, but the final choice is yours. Shop Pala’s new season styles and find your sunglass soulmate.

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