Amber Rose at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.
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Spoiler alert: Amber Rose totally stole the red carpet thunder at the Billboard Music Awards. While she pretty much always turns heads with her fashion choices, she went above and beyond with tonight's ensemble—namely her HUGE sunglasses. And by huge, I mean they literally cover half of her face.
When we saw the Queen of Hangout Festival and her gargantuan shades (which came from Pharrell's Moncler collaboration, NBD), we appropriately freaked out. Twitter was right there with us—it wouldn't be an awards show without a Twitter freakout, right? Check out some of our favorite observations:
Would you wear these Linda Farrow x Walter Van Beirendonck sunglasses?
Photo: Opening Ceremony
Heart-shaped sunglasses, or rather, sunglasses with heart-shaped lenses and frames are by no means ground-breaking. While we're unsure of the precise origins of the style, we know they extend at least as far back as 1962 and Stanley Kubrick's Lolita. The movie's iconic poster features the title character peering over top of a pair of red sweetheart sunnies. Since then, they've been adopted, updated, rendered frameless, over-sized, and even given a shutter shades version, but until now, have never looked quite like this. Instead of each lens being cut into the shape of a heart—creating the illusion of a hearts-for-eyes look—these Linda Farrow x Walter Van Beirendonck specs put two (colored AND mirrored!) lenses together to make one heart. Across your entire face.
Spangled's new SS13 collection.
Photo: Courtesy of Spangled
Ever since Rita Ora donned these TOTALLY EYE-POPPING (yes, literally) shades several weeks ago, we've been unable to get the pop star's monkey-adorned frames out of our minds. We're talking haunting-our-dreams status here, so obviously we HAD to track 'em down for ourselves...and you guys, obviously. Turns out these rad accessories are by NYC label Mercura, whose awesomely embellished sunnies are also beloved by celebs like Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and the girls from Girls. These limited-edition baroque, glittered, and animal shades aren't cheap at $500-plus a pair, but the brand is clearly onto something, because even more sunglasses companies are following suit with their own embellished versions. Case in point: London-based Spangled, who just rolled out their new Spring/Summer 13 collection. With an adorable lookbook, it's impossible NOT to be obsessed.
Is Lady Gaga the best dressed star of 2012? You decide!
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• The battle for the best dressed star of 2012 rages on! Lady Gaga currently leads in the most stylish lady category while One Direction tops the most stylish dude poll. Keep those fingers clicking!
• We found out how to cop Miley Cyrus' throwback '80 Versace sunglasses look, and we are SO into it.
• Not to brag or anything, but we rounded up every single Justin Bieber Christmas outfit since, like, 2007. Yeahhhh, you're gonna wanna see this.
• The end of the year is near, which means we've kicked off some of our "Best Of" posts including (but not limited to!) best celebrity nail art, best magazine covers, best Instagram selfies and most memorable facial hair. Me-ow.
• Ahhh, Rihanna's River Island collab is ALMOST here, and she teased us by wearing a killer hooded jumpsuit from the collection. #want
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Emma Roberts wears the Nanette Lepore sunglasses she inspired.
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It seems like every day there's a new designer x celebrity collaboration, but less ubiquitous are the moments when a star takes the backseat and serves as the creative inspiration and, in return, the promotional vehicle for a line or an individual piece. Such is the case with Emma Roberts and the limited edition sunglasses Nanette Lepore designed for her. Last night was the official launch of the Emma-inspired shades, and Roberts, Lepore, and Vogue Eyewear celebrated in style with an intimate party on the VIP floor of the 5th Avenue Sunglass Hut. (Yes, that's a thing that exists, and we have the pictures to prove it.) We caught up with Emma herself to get her reaction to the finished product and serving as Nanette's design inspiration.
Snooki wears a pair of sunglasses from her Snooki by Nicole Polizzi line.
Photo: Via Snooki's Instagram
We can't BELIEVE it's already been a year since Snooki debuted her first-ever sunglasses collection, and today the Jersey Shore girl continues her quest for total eyewear world domination (see: those spring shades that sold out in less than 24 hours) by releasing yet another set of affordable sunnies. Last night she tweeted, "Snooks shades" with an Instagram picture (above) showin' off her latest eyewear, and we have to admit that we were a little surprised by her specs! These super-dark aviators are definitely a deviation from her bold animal print or bright rhinestone-studded Snooki by Nicole Polizzi pieces, but perhaps she went a little more vampy thanks to a little holiday called "Halloween" coming up.
Rihanna performing in Jeremy Scott's M16 sunglasses on the VMAs.
What began as a typical performance flourish quickly turned into big time fashion drama when Rihanna took to the stage at the 2012 VMAs wearing a one of a kind sample of Jeremy Scott's Spring/Summer 2013 M16 sunglasses, but left without them, having tossed them into the crowd. The designer, who is showing his collection, inspired by the middle east and called "Arab Spring," at New York Fashion Week this Wednesday, took to twitter, confirming that "YES THOSE WERE [his] 24K GOLD M16 SHADES THAT RIHANNA WORE TO OPEN THE VMAs," and then imploring fans for their return by saying, " IF UR DA1 WHO CAUGHT EM PLZ GIVE EM BACK !"
Nanette Lepore's debut style of sunglasses.
Photo: Nanette Lepore's Twitter
We love Emma Roberts. We love Nanette Lepore. So what happens when two of our favorite people combine? Just take a look at the sketch of these amazing sunglasses above, and you'll see that it's a total match made in creative heaven (seriously, Cupid would be jealous he didn't think of it first!). Yep, Nanette Lepore- known and beloved for flirty, girly dresses- has just crafted her first style of sunglasses inspired by none other than Emma herself. The pair of cat-eye frames is the latest addition to the VOGUE Eyewear Designer Series, and is inspired by retro Twenties glamour with a modern twist. As Nanette tells WWD of her 21-year-old actress muse, “She’s chic, youthful and confident in her style." Considering Emma's ability to switch from rocker to Old Hollywood to uber-trendy at the drop of a hat, who's going to argue with that?
Paulitta, Amanda Brohman and Isabel Z.
Photo: Courtesy of the bloggers
If there's one wardrobe staple you're going to need this summer, it's sunglasses. But with all the stylish sunnies out there, how do you CHOOSE? Well, we know one thing's for sure—round glasses are going to be bigger than ever this year (we mean that literally AND figuratively), so we think that's the perfect place to start. Whether you go '60s mod or '80s glam, there's a set of circular sunglasses sure to fit your style. We perused the internet for three bloggers who showed us how to wear round sunnies in totally different (but equally awesome) ways, so check out the deets of their too-cool-for-school ensembles below!
Snooki and two of her new sunglasses styles.
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We're sure Snooki has her hands fullgiven the impending premiere of her Jersey Shore spin-off with bosom buddy JWOWW and that little bun in her oven, but she's apparently not too busy to maintain her retail empire. Making good on her tease late last month, The Princess of Poughkeepsie has finally released new summer styles for her Snooki by Nicole Polizzi sunnies.