From Anna Wintour to Karl Lagerfeld, worn in winter and summer, day and night, sunglasses are an integral part of the fashion enthusiast's arsenal. A piece that has become almost caricatural, that can be found attached to all noses at the entrance of the shows — and a good half of them once inside.
Unlike other accessories, they are immediately visible, bringing a new dimension to our outfits. Between futuristic models, great classics and extravagant designs in the camp vein, they provide an opportunity to prove the extent of our good taste, lie about that of our bank account, and hide the dark circles the size of a Birkin we carry under our eyes.
As for brands, sunglasses represent a real godsend to boost their margins; the kind of accessible piece that is easier to buy than a coat or dress, but still allows you to access your share of dreams (and style). Aside from luxury, a new fringe of small labels is also emerging, with an emphasis on trendy design and affordable prices for all, accompanied by honourable manufacturing. We thus let ourselves be tempted by these 10 pairs for less than 150 €, just to play it front row — even without the means to buy the slightest tee-shirt presented on a catwalk...
Based in Berlin, Carolina Lemke is convinced that "fashion comes first, and fashion is for all". She therefore only designs genderless models, whose price rarely exceeds 100 € despite being handmade. As far as we are concerned, we're looking at the Maya and its shape with a 70's accent, in a light palette of purple shades. Also available with a black frame. (67€)
Ace & Tate positions itself as a direct-to-consumer brand, dispensing with intermediaries in order to limit its prices and offer the fairest possible offer. Relying on transparency, each pair of sunglasses will cost you the single price of 98 £ (approx. 110 €) instead of 400. If we listened to ourselves, we would take four of them at a time to compensate, starting with the Grace and its sleek profile.
At the origin of Chimi, Charlie Lindström, a Swedish stylist frustrated at not finding enough options. He then decides to create a collection composed of eight basic shapes, each coming in ten different combinations, all made by hand. We will choose the #04 and its "kiwi" shade, ideal in summer. (99 €)
First know for its reading glasses and blue anti-light models, IZIPIZI now dives into the solar segment. Without making waves, the label opts for simple and timeless designs, with a "universal" construction: thanks to a spring hinge, they adapt to all facial morphologies. In its full black version, we turn to L’Amiral, perfect the day after a bender. (45 €)
Polette stir up a hornets' nest, saying that a pair made in China — which many are — would only cost between 6 € and 10 €. Then, the rest would only be margins and brand image. It also adopts an ethical policy, by getting involved in the development of infrastructure in Masai villages. When you think about it, falling for the Wonka and its Kurt Cobain look would almost be a charitable gesture, right? (44,90 €)
Komono is a Belgian eyewear manufacturer. A little chauvinistic, he collaborates with the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp, which holds Martin Margiela as an alumnus. For a collection, the brand gives a voice to young students. Our favorite? The pair imagined by Linus Leonardsson, with its frame imitating an abstract foliage. The go-to model to twist a too wise outfit. (150 €)
Born in Australia in the late 1970s, Le Specs has established itself as a major figure in affordable eyewear, confirming its status under the attention of Instagram and clients such as Rihanna. There are many options, covering almost all possible registers. We have a little crush on The Ginchiest, with its shape inherited from the 90s and its thick temples. The little something extra: its snake print, guaranteeing its originality. (approx. 70 €)
From the same label, we have our eyes set on the collaboration with Adam Selman, a sportswear designer we told you about here. Besides, we are unable to say no to a little bling, especially when it is brought with balance...
And above all, don't forget the real function of sunglasses: being able to snub whoever you want by pretending not to have seen them... •