This season, the CHANEL Summer 2019 eyewear collection is a story about sunshine, the beach, natural materials and light. It is also a story of fashion, inspired by the House’s Spring-Summer 2019 Ready-to-Wear runway show.
Faded or raw, denim lends itself to all sorts of creations. Now CHANEL is using it for some decidedly modern glasses. A small, ultra-light oval frame is worn high up on the nose transforming a gaze or a face. Rimmed with denim and held by metallic temples, it comes with lenses ranging from a transparent sea blue to a grey-blue and deep blue.
A pilot frame, also swathed in denim, accompanies and imposes a masculine/feminine style. Designs in acetate with exclusive prints – rectangle and oval for the sunglasses, butterfly and oval for the opticals – are adorned with wide temples in denim quilted by needle or by laser. One trompe-l’œil that calls for another: a denim or sand effect in acetate highlights delicate metal frames with blue or amber lenses.
Straw hats and rope espadrilles are the signs of a sunny summer. CHANEL daringly reinvents them as a detail on a line of glasses in seaside hues. Composed of three feminine and joyful shapes they require an artisanal savoir-faire. Round and bursting with freshness, the first is enhanced with hand-woven straw inserted into the circles surrounding the lens. Five different shades of lenses, from ultra-pale blue to smoky grey, are combined with these metal frames. As a nod to CHANEL, the ultimate frame, in black and beige, revisits the emblematic two-tone of the House.
A translucent acetate surrounds the rectangular and butterfly frames and extends into wide, comfortable temples around which a fine rope is meticulously rolled by hand. These timeless shapes come in tones of sand, tortoiseshell, blue, black and olive to support the gradated lenses.
Playing a classical score that’s never just that. This is what defines the subtlety of CHANEL. While its glasses in denim or dressed in straw and cord are discreetly marked with a double C, the House also plays with the opposite of this sobriety on a third line of glasses in the Summer 2019 collection. As with certain pieces of the Ready-to-Wear and certain accessories of the season, the name CHANEL appears in all its letters on the dark acetate of optical frames and sunglasses. In pale gold, silver, brown or black, the six XXL letters are laid in relief on the temples, perfectly assumed, on acetate in black or taupe, fawn, grey and brown coloured tortoiseshell. Deliberately classic colours, duos that are occasionally tone-on-tone or enhanced with lenses in 24-carat yellow gold and XL frames with easy to wear lines: round or square for the sunglasses, rectangular, square and round for the opticals.
Asserting one’s style every day, merging fashion and timelessness to set the pace, this is the guiding principal for eyewear according to CHANEL. The glasses in the Summer 2019 collection will be available in boutiques from March 2019.