An outtake from my Style Page for Stuff Magazine's Summer Style Issue, on stands now.
We rounded up the best circular sunnies this side of 1970:
Written and Styled by Renata Certo-Ware (moi), photos by Danny Kim of Visceral Photography.
Intrigued? Here's the copy:
Get ready for the Summer of Love: Redux. We’re still smitten with the round frames that style icons like John Lennon made popular decades ago. So since it’s about time to stock up on sunglasses (hurray!), we scoured the city for some modernized takes on the look. These shades get the 2012 treatment courtesy of eye-popping colors, unusual contours, or transparent frames. Think circular specs are hopelessly old-school? All we are saying is . . . give these a chance.
a.) Diane von Furstenberg has been designing stunning clothing and accessories since the 1970s, when these circular sunnies had a heyday. These DVF frames ($165) contemporize the look with color blocking: swoops of cheery yellow put the Golden Arches to shame, contrasting with shiny silver accents and a gray lower rim. Pick up a pair at DVF (73 Newbury Street, Boston, 617.247.7300).
b.) Beloved by bloggers, screen queens, and Iris Apfel wannabes the world over, Prada’s “Baroque” sunglasses ($290) are impossibly chic — and the perfect accessory for hiding from the paparazzi. The curlicues at the temple create drama, and the camel stripes that streak across the frames lend a natural feel that harkens to horn. Find them at Saks Fifth Avenue (800 Boylston Street, Boston, ).
c.) You’ll go bug-eyed over these shades ($99) from SEE Eyewear (125 Newbury, Boston,). These oversized lenses are big enough to eat off, so you can be sure you’re getting maximum coverage from UV rays. And the clear frames keep them current and versatile. Penny Lane would snap these up faster than you can say, “It’s all happening.”
d.) These custom frames ($328) by SEE Eyewear (125 Newbury, Boston,) come in delicious candy colors, like this cool electric blue that’ll look perfect poolside. Such bright hues feel fresh and modern, but the classic shape would make them distinguished enough for Lennon to sport were he alive today.
e.) As long as you’d rather look good than see well, these Jeremy Scott “Smile” sunglasses ($260) are perfect. Emblazoned with gothic-glam smiley faces (complete with crosses for eyes), the metal top flips up to reveal intensely red lenses. Unleash your inner Ozzy atSaks Fifth Avenue (800 Boylston Street, Boston, ).
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