In Singapore, where the ultraviolet index (UVI) is one of the world’s highest at 11.5, sun protection is a way of life. Even in Australia, where the number of skin cancer cases is among the world’s highest, UVI is only 8.41.
Excessive UV exposure has been singled out for its role in many health issues, including skin damage as well as eye problems such as cataracts, growths and cancer. But instead of depending on luck, it might be wiser to protect your eyes with a pair of good sunglasses. And if they look stylish, then all the better!
Gentle Monster x AMBUSH Zip Tie
Inspired by The Man Who Fell to Earth, the 1976 sci-fi film that featured David Bowie, Zip Tie marries the Korean eyewear’s conceptual silhouettes and the Japanese jeweller’s pop art sensibilities. This futuristic take on the safety goggles has a clear, coloured acetate frame and promises to make “you feel different and out of space”.
Cartier Santos de Cartier
Wallflowers need not apply here. There’s nothing delicate about Cartier’s latest eyewear collection, in particular the Santos de Cartier. Dramatic proportions are enriched with metal screws that evoke the rivets of the same-named watch. Wear them to not just see better, but also to be seen.
Like the Italian label’s ready-to-wear, these wraparound sunglasses are quirky at first glance with its irregular shape but quickly bowl you over with unapologetically sleek and standout details. How deliberate, how disruptive.
Emporio Armani EA2086
Who knew that polished gunmetal grey with blue lenses and green nylon details would create such a visually arresting combination? Urban in character but ultra-modern in vision, a high and wavy bridge set against its geometric form underscore the clever construction synonymous with Emporio Armani.
Louis Vuitton Men’s Rainbow Square
Virgil Abloh’s latest accessories for men come in the form of these bright sunglasses, which come black, camel, red and yellow. Each one is made from transparent nylon using an intricate injection moulding technique, and features gradient colourways for an extra dash of panache.
Linda Farrow x Markus Lupfer Apple
The term ‘apple of your eye’ takes on a new meaning with these frames, created in a collaboration between Linda Farrow and fashion designer Markus Lupfer. These sunnies will be on sale as part of a limited-time exhibition at On Pedder, convened t0 celebrate Linda Farrow’s 50th anniversary. The exhibition runs from 15 August to 30 September 2019, and will include a number of iconic Linda Farrow collaboration collections from designers such as Jeremy Scott, Raf Simons, Alexander Wang, and Agent Provocateur.