Welcome back to another B Sunglasses Round-up of all the biggest and best sunglasses and eyewear news from the last week. Our aim is to pull together everything you could possibly need to know about sunglasses and the eyewear industry each week. On last week’s post we talked about Oakley’s new ‘Green Fade’ collection and this week we’re looking at Barbara I Gongini spring/summer catwalk, Stella McCartney, and our award-winning Monkey Monkey children’s sunglasses
Barbara I Gongini Released New Spring/Summer 2017 Collection
Images from Vogue
This week, Barbara I Gongini held a catwalk for its 2017 Spring/Summer collection. This enigmatic luxury brand specialises in contemporary Nordic design and their catwalk was the perfect opportunity to catch a glimpse of what’s coming next year. We’re viewing this collection as a barometer for next year’s styles and we’re excited with what we’re seeing! One style that’s showing no sign of leaving anytime soon is oversized sunglasses! Obviously, the Nordic style leans towards bare whites and blacks, so the colour scheme is specific to Barbara I Gongini, but we’re curious to see if neutral colours will take the spotlight in 2017. Only time will tell!
Sunglasses with Built-in Camera
New sunglasses have been made with an in-built camera and are available at Gearbest. The camera is 5 megapixels and it’s been designed for outdoorsy photography enthusiasts who like to keep their hands free. We think this is a great idea, it’s just a pity that the final product isn’t very stylish. Obviously it’s the functionality of the glasses that will attract people, but we can’t image strolling around in those without feeling a little self-conscious. Perhaps a fashion designer will be inspired by this idea, putting a little money and design power into it. We’d love to see Oakley or Ray-Ban® have a go!
Some Snakes’ Eyes Function as Natural Sunglasses
Brand-new research from Molecular Biology and Evolution has discovered that some diurnal (not nocturnal, in case you were wondering…) snakes have special lenses in their eyes that work like sunglasses, filtering out harmful UV rays and allowing them to see with more clarity and accuracy in very bright conditions. It’s amazing that nature has found its own way to combat the sun’s harmful rays and we’re curious to learn more about these incredible lenses that work as natural sunglasses. Although this isn’t strictly ‘sunglasses news’, it highlights how advantageous it can be to filter out UV rays and it’s just plain interesting. Perhaps a big eyewear designer will be inspired by this scientific discovery and incorporate it into their next collection!
Monkey Monkey Children’s Sunglasses Have won an Award!
The Monkey Monkey children’s sunglasses (found here) won the Bizziebaby Gold Award 2016 for Baby/Toddler Sunglasses. We’ve always made an effort to source the best children’s sunglasses as children are often neglected when it comes to eyewear — especially eyewear that provides adequate protection from the sun. It’s wonderful to see glasses we stock getting this kind of acclaim; it reminds us that we’re bringing in the right products and we hope it encourages parents to source their children’s sunglasses from us. If you’re interested, check out our children’s sunglasses section.
B Sunglasses Brand of the Week: Stella McCartney
This week, we’re focusing on Stella McCartney’s sunglasses, mainly because we’re really excited about the new items we recently added to our collection. So we thought we’d tell you a little bit about the brand and highlight some of our favourite sunglasses from the collection!
Stella McCartney’s celebrity pedigree is unparalleled: her father is the ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and her mother is US photographer and health guru, Linda McCartney. So, from day one, Stella was always destined for fame. She showed an interest in fashion at a young age, and an impressive aptitude for it when she designed her first jacket when she was just 13 and interned with Christian Lacroix when she was 16. There are some bonuses to being famous, as Stella was friends with super models Naomi Campbell, Yasmin Le Bon and Kate Moss, and she was able to get them all to model her fashion graduation collection of her Fashion Design degree at Central Saint Martins!
Since then, she started up her own collection, and has received countless awards and accolades. The Stella McCartney sunglasses collection at B Sunglasses is bright and full of brave, modern designs — no doubt inspired by European connections both at Central Saint Martins and her collaboration with Gucci. Here are a few of our favourites:
Stella McCartney Iconic Extreme Pilot sunglasses – available here
Stella McCartney Falabella Aviator sunglasses – available here
Stella McCartney Essentials Peaked cateye sunglasses – available here
And that’s all the sunglasses news we have time for this week. Come back next week for even more!