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These shades are a blast from the past

This summer’s sunglasses can be summed up in one word: retro

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These shades are a blast from the past

June 16 2010
Lucia van der Post

Sunglasses are a key summer accessory, and especially necessary on a boat. Every year there are a few subtle differences in design, and this year the good news, as far as I’m concerned, is that swanky frames with bits of gold are not at all the thing. The main look can be summed up in one word: retro.

Nostalgia reigns at Oliver Peoples. It’s dug into its 1987 archive and come up with a very charming vintage collection, some of which have quirky flip-up lenses (second picture, £295). And Oliver Peoples has also linked up with Balmain to produce two pairs of visor-shaped frames, in black with silver trim or in all-over silver (third picture, from £350).

Victoria Beckham’s new range (from £245) has proved a surprise hit, and her large round, 1930s-style versions are going down a storm. Prada’s colourful Postcards collection (from £160), inspired by holiday destinations (green for Forte dei Marmi, fourth picture, pink for Santa Monica), are another hot ticket. And Italian brand Persol has two new styles inspired by Fellini’s La Dolce Vita: the 2977, a 1960s cat’s eye acetate model (first picture, £185), is the star. It’s also worth knowing that sells most major brands.

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