Nowadays, people wear sunglasses for all kinds of reasons rather than to just 'block out the sun'. Hungover? A pair of sunglasses will fix your look. Popping out and don't want to bump into anyone? Grab a pair of sunnies, and you're all sorted. And no one is aware of their multifunction better than fashion legend Vivienne Westwood, as demonstrated with her latest collection, Sun.
Lensed by Juergen Teller, Sun draws on decades of references, mainly inspired by traditional wooden eyewear and the timeless styles immortalised by Hollywood starlets. By mixing experimental looks with 1960's Italian glamour, Westwood combines vintage classics with durable sports-inspired frames, creating a look that fits any purpose.
Exaggerated proportion and asymmetry also play into the collection, inspired by Westwood's now synonymous use of amplified form and silhouette. In response to the playful element sunglasses can offer - especially when sprucing up an outfit - creative director Andreas Kronthaler said, 'Sunglasses should be the embodiment of personal theatre. They can make any look – they are an extension of your style. Of course, they have a purpose, but they should be fun, playful, joyous.'
Divided into three categories; Vanguard; (androgynous avant-garde styles to elevate your look), Prêt-à-Porter; (inspired by retro frames and the icons who wore them), and Essence; (styles rooted in classic silhouettes with signature Westwood details), there's a pair for everyone, no matter your style.
The Vivienne Westwood Sun Collection will be available from Vivienne Westwood boutiques in London and throughout the UK and at viviennewestwood.com.