Style police: A shot in the dark

It's no use spending a fortune looking a la mode and then spoiling it all with a dodgy pair of shades, warns JAMES SHERWOOD

How excited can you get about sunglasses? It's a question Style Police asks every time we see someone under 40 wearing Status Shades. Designer sunnies are a dark corner of the fashion industry. Sorry, but tortoiseshell monstrosities with lenses as thick as re-entry shields just don't speak chic. Vulgar gold logos, be they from Fendi, Gucci or Valentino, simply say "I spent pounds 100 in a duty free shop". Design has nothing to do with it.

Now Style Police is as much a label queen as the next girl. But designer shades are such a tacky old cliche. Italians wear status shades as if genetically programmed to look cool. Gold logos somehow belong next to Tuscan cheekbones. The British wear sunglasses apologetically - self-conscious lest we look a mite pretentious. Thing is, you've just got to think about sunglasses now that the barometric pressure is starting to go up as high as a boy band's vocal range. So what's to do?

Sunglasses are the handbag essential of spring/summer. They are your prima accessory assoluta. So you've got to look for a design that says this season. Chloe's pink frame and diamante cat's-eye shades have Style Police purring in approval. They are to be worn by the kind of Lolita chick Serge Gainsbourg would sell his last Gaulloise to seduce. Chloe's shades collection is designed by Stella McCartney and made by Italian shade maestros Marcolin. Pay attention here. Stella designed the shades. She didn't get some factory in Taiwan to knock some money spinners off. Crucially, Chloe's colours and detailing are in harmony with the pretty feeling this season. They sparkle like a Vegas billboard announcing the return of glamour.

How to wear it

Shades are the one item that must work with every shred of summer schmutter you buy this season. Get 'em wrong and you might as well buy a kaftan and stop at home.

You're going to see one particular Chloe style a lot this season: aviators with a diamante heart etched on one frame. Forget it. Glamour and utility go together like chardonnay and Domestos. It's the Fifties Catwoman diamante shades you really want. Granted, Gucci's fat white plastic Jackie O shades can look sharp if you're on the way to Bvlgari or rehab. But you'll look like you're auditioning as an extra in Antz with those big bug-eyed numbers. "It's cooler to get away from label-oriented design," says Scene fashion news editor Danny Rigby. "It's more about personality: the frame that works for your face, the eccentric colour, the detailing."

Where to buy it

"One of the Minx girls has been wearing diamante frames from a charity shop for two years," says Minx fashion editor Steph Stevens. "I've been wearing white plastic diamante numbers I bought from Top Shop two seasons ago. I like that Farrah Fawcett-Majors feeling to diamante. It's slightly white-trashy to wear pastel plastics and I'm loving that." How many times do we have to drum it into you? Go to source if you can't afford a label like Chloe. The Fifties were the decade of pastel plastic and diamante sunglasses. The chazza shops and vintage stores are full of Fifties originals. Just look at Marilyn in How To Marry A Millionaire to understand their sex kitten quality. Yes, Marcolin has made Chloe's diamond cat's-eyes to perfection. The shades are between pounds 98 and pounds 125 - not duty free. So you either stay in one Saturday night and spend the booze budget on Chloes or get busy with last season's Guccis and a tube of glue.

Address book

Chloe by Marcolin: 01635 529997.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
ebooksA superb mix of recipes serving up the freshest of local produce in a delicious range of styles
Life and Style
ebooksFrom the lifespan of a slug to the distance to the Sun: answers to 500 questions from readers
News
REX/Eye Candy
science
News
A photo of Charles Belk being detained by police on Friday 22 August
news
News
i100
Sport
Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring his first goal for Arsenal in the Champions League qualifier against Besiktas
sportChilean's first goal for the club secures place in draw for Champions League group stages
Arts and Entertainment
Amis: 'The racial situation in the US is as bad as it’s been since the Civil War'
booksAuthor says he might come back across Atlantic after all
Extras
indybest
Life and Style
Google Doodle celebrates the 200th birthday of Irish writer Sheridan Le Fanu
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Vinyl demand: a factory making the old-style discs
musicManufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl
News
i100
News
In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Jim Carrey and Kate Winslett medically erase each other from their memories
scienceTechnique successfully used to ‘reverse’ bad memories in rodents could be used on trauma victims
Arts and Entertainment
Singer Pixie Lott will take part in Strictly Come Dancing 2014, the BBC has confirmed
tv
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    C# Developer (C#, ASP.NET Developer, SQL, MVC, WPF, Real-Time F

    £40000 - £48000 per annum + benefits+bonus+package: Harrington Starr: C# Devel...

    C# Swift Payment Developer (C#, ASP.NET, .NET, MVC, Authorize.N

    £45000 - £60000 per annum + benefits+bonus+package: Harrington Starr: C# Swift...

    Front-End Developer (JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, C#, GUI)

    £55000 - £70000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Front-End Deve...

    Graduate C# Developer (.NET, WPF, SQL, Agile, C++) - London

    £30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Graduate C# De...

    Day In a Page

    Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

    Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

    Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
    Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

    Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

    The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
    America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

    America’s new apartheid

    Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
    Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

    What is the appeal of Twitch?

    Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
    Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

    How bosses are making us work harder

    As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
    Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

    Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

    As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
    Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

    A tale of two writers

    Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
    Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

    Should pupils get a lie in?

    Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
    Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

    Prepare for Jewish jokes...

    ... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
    SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

    A dream come true for SJ Watson

    Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
    10 best cycling bags for commuters

    10 best cycling bags for commuters

    Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
    Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

    Paul Scholes column

    Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
    Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

    Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

    A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
    Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

    The science of herding is cracked

    Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
    Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

    This tyrant doesn’t rule

    It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?