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.
For the first time since early this year, Lady Gaga chose NYC's Gay Pride Rally this weekend as her first public appearance post-hip surgery. Gagaloo didn't just show up, though. She spoke out in celebration of the Supreme Court's decision to rule the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional AND to perform an inspired a cappella rendition of the National Anthem, swapping in lyrics like "Oh say does that star-spangled flag of pride yet wave," and "O'er the land of the free and a home for the gay." Naturally, she also looked fantastic doing it.
Selena Gomez is making us want clear accessories.
Photo: Courtesy of @selenagomez's Twitter/Forever 21/Topshop/Karmaloop
You guys. A thing happened. More specifically, Selena Gomez tweeted this picture of herself serving duck face (yes, again) wearing a pair of clear glasses, and now, we can't stop daydreaming about clear accessories. I know what you're thinking, "You guys should really maybe take a break from stalking celebrities' Twitter accounts and over-analyzing their wardrobes." Oh, and also, "aren't all glasses clear?" Well, to your first comment, I extend a cordial head nod but shrug off your unsolicited advice because helloooo, that's our bread and butter, YA HEARD?!?? As far as your question, let me clarify. Not only are the 2013 MTV Movie Awards performer's lenses clear, her frames are, too!
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.
A still from the "Spring Breakers" trailer.
Photo: Muse Productions
After almost a YEAR of built-up anticipation via paparazzi shots and Instagram snaps, we're finally getting to see some footage from Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers. We've pulled ourselves out of the *deeeeep inhale and then monstrous yawn* daybreak hours, the legendary director is finally letting us see the trailer. As we imagined from the teaser photos of the girls getting arrested and wielding guns and ski masks, the movie's PYT stars Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens, and Rachel Korine unfurl before your eyes into gritty, grimey characters like you've never seen them before.
Riff Raff-channeling James Franco makes his grand entrance just before the minute mark and Gucci Mane follows soon after. While we still have yet to see how rumored co-star Heather Morris will play out in this story, the trailer is simultaneously tiding us over and amping up our excitement for the movie's official release. Mark your calendars, y'all: Spring Breakers opens March 22 in New York and Los Angeles and nationwide on March 29.
On the inescapable (for us, anyway) style side of things, the trailer is also helping us beat the winter blahs with its Spring Break wardrobe realness. We all agreed that shopping for swimsuits in January was pushing the calendar a little bit, but we did track down some of the movie's style essentials so you can cop the Spring Breakers look now. You're welcome!
Miley Cyrus in her Versace sunglasses yesterday.
Photo: via Miley Cyrus
We first suspected something was up when Rihanna rocked the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show last month in vintage Chanel circle-shaped shades, and now Miley Cyrus confirms it: round sunglasses are officially experiencing a resurgence, people! Sure, we're all for square, oversized, and classic aviators, but Miley's old-school Versace sunnies that she posted last night have single-handedly convinced us to invest in our own John Lennon-inspired frames. The singer tweeted, "80s Versace" #obsession" and she's definitely not the only one in love with the retro accessories. But while Miley's limited-edition version might be a little hard to score ourselves (trust us, we've tried!), there are PLENTY of near-identical versions out there if you're craving some instant gratification.
Emma Roberts wears the Nanette Lepore sunglasses she inspired.
Photo: Getty Images
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.
Aubrey Plaza in her "Maxine" Lookmatic glasses.
Photo: Courtesy of Lookmatic
Remember way back when we told you about Jason Schwartzman's collection of thick-rimmed plastic glasses for online retailer Lookmatic? Now it's Aubrey Plaza's turn to try her hand at design! The Parks and Recreation star is the latest of the brand's creative "visionaries" series and we COULDN'T be more thrilled. The actress, Miu Miu muse, and Bust's most recent cover girl has just rolled out a trio of frames inspired by none other than her grandmother, Maxine. With tortoise, gray, and pale blue colorways, the sleek acetate style has a bareeely there cat-eye curve and hopscotches the line between nerdy and cool.
Iggy Azalea for House of Holland Eyewear.
Photo: via House of Holland Facebook
We hate to say we told you so, but we TOTALLY called it! After seeing mysterious photos pop up on Iggy Azalea's Twitter a couple months back, featuring the Aussie rapper showing off House of Holland sunglasses, we wondered if a campaign was in the works. Turns out we were right— the images have officially dropped! And yes, they're absolutely amazing. The emerging hip hop star is working her modeling chops in a huge way, showing off House of Holland's debut collection of shades against a bright blue Los Angeles sky.