Disguise Those Eyes With Shades From Alain Mikli’s New MATT Collection
Since its launch in 1978, French optical couture brand Alain Mikli has amassed legions of tastemaking fans, including Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, actress Kate Bosworth, and hip-hop impresario Kanye West, who approached Alain Mikli about designing the now famous “shutter shades” he donned in his “Stronger” music video. From demure tortoise shell shades to checkered black-and-white frames and wacky, asymmetrical sunglasses like those sported by the Hollywood Montrose character in 1987’s Mannequin, Mikli offers a range of options for fashion mavens of every variety.
For Spring 2011, Mikli is introducing its new MATT collection, which include such standout styles as the above pictured AL1067 shades. Each side of these frames is shaped like a teardrop, its more angular and tapered edge pointing to the bridge of the nose and its wider, more bulbous end situated at the temple. The cellulose acetate frames surrounding the polarized lenses also thicken as one’s gaze moves outward from the center point, culminating in the rounded curves at the outer corners.
The frames have a marbled effect that lends them an artful air, and they’re available in punchy shades like Disguised Red (shown at top), Tricky Turquoise (shown second from top), as well as more versatile, low-key shades like Deep Black and Tortoise.
Between the luminosity of the acetate frames, the softness of the rounded shape, and their metamorphic, swirly pattern, the AL1067 sunglasses should make you feel marble-ous.
The Alain Mikli AL1067 frames are available in April 2011 and retail for $450. Look for them at Alain Mikli boutiques and independent shops. Visit Mikli.com for more information.