By: Cassandra Hollis
Statement shades abounded on the catwalks as designers ditched minimal for maximal. Do outré the couture way this season in Chanel’s audacious 5285Q.
Stella McCartney, Chloe, DKNY, Chanel and Acne all made sure their whites mattered. Sheriff and Cherry has done the same. Its dip dye multi-coloured frames make it easy to make your mark and keep your take on white ultra fresh. The G11-S bears a catty wayfarer shape that’s cool, sexy and super flattering.
Prada prepped it up with bright ribbing from knee high sports jerseys and socks applied to dress sleeves, waist bands and necklines. Chunky embellishment applied to sports inspired looks was classic of Ms Miuccia. There was more sporty ribbing at Celine in collars and jerseys. A flat-topped mirrored visor topped off. Skater shoes and slides were the footwear of choice. Gucci took sports luxe to another level with beautiful sequined embellishment in art deco colour. The black strap lines provided borders and stripes. The Victoria Beckham Trigger Navigator frame from the latest collection is the ultimate sports luxe frame for the season.
Pastel pieces were shown by a whole host of designers. Burberry was the most prolific sending out Cara and the girls in English lace the season’s definitive palette of dusky romantic vintage colourways. Ray-Ban’s new take on the iconic aviator comes dressed in acetate. The green incarnation couldn’t be more perfect for toughening up pastels and staying pretty. The colour, like the classic frame is as easy to wear as it is fall in love with.
Art was a big influence on the collections. Chanel turned the Grand Palais into an art gallery. Paint swatch prints were sported by portfolio carrying students. Celine, Versace and Acne all made sure their bold brush strokes were a leading S/S 14 trend. The Dior Lady Lady 1 with its new colour flecked temples will add a stroke of genius to your look.
Monochrome continued to be a strong trend. Celine, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Victoria Beckham and DKNY all created black and white pieces. Karl Lagerfeld’s collaboration with Italia Independent is a stunning sunglasses collection that makes much of mono. Unique beveling throws some killer angles over the frame face and temples. The velvet treatment is also washable keeping your mono high contrast.