CELINE: Timeless elegance reinvented


It has been a while since sunglasses transitioned from simply an accessory to becoming the starring role of an outfit — not just in catwalks but in fashion in general. Sunglasses have become statement pieces that express our individualistic style, as well as our ally when we want to add an interesting touch to our looks.

As much as we love the classic black sunnies, a new go big, colourful and vintage-inspired mentality is here to stay, and Celine is fully aware of that.

Originally founded as a children’s shoe shop in Paris after the Second World War by Celine Vapiana and her husband, this iconic brand is now celebrated as the ultimate personification of the French girl style.

Geometric elements and daring colour combinations are key elements of the fashion house — and when it comes to their eyewear designs, the same elements play a big part in developing the minimalist chic and futuristic look their frames are known for.

From cat-eye to squared and oversized silhouettes, there is no doubt every frame creates a distinctly unique look. There is something the French brand is particularly good at, and that is creating vintage-inspired, timeless designs —but revisited in updated versions fashion savvys swear by. Think pronounced, geometric shapes that will get you stopped on the street 24/7.

Celine’s eyewear pieces are entirely handcrafted in Italy using the finest materials. Bonus points, all sunglasses offer UVB and UVA ray protection to ensure visual sharpness and comfort.

The creative direction of the brand — including eyewear — is now headed by Hedi Slimane after he took over Phoebe Philo last year. (Good news if you’re still hunting for frames from the Phoebe Philo era of Celine, as we still have some of her most iconic styles in store.)

Slimane’s designs are a departure from Philo’s chunky, minimalist past collections, featuring sleek metal frame sunglasses and colourful acetates. The most recent eyewear offering is inspired by the retro look, with bold, clean lines and subtle logos. However, if you are looking for a pair of sunnies that are sophisticated, elegant and fashionable but don’t require overwhelming amounts of attention, we promise there is something for you too.

Shop CELINE at The Eye Establishment. Visit us at 227-229 Old Brompton Road SW5 0EA, in store only.

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Words by Valeria Martinez