Chain (ed) love

Author: Giorgia Cantarini

October 11, 2021

Trends come and go, and then come back again; such is the way the eyewear world works when we get to see some of our favorites making a comeback. And now, sunglasses chains (known by many as sunglasses lanyards) are fashionistas latest love. Often called simply “chain glasses”, big and small brands started to introduce the word to create a new product category to embellish each and every frame if not built-in, so that they are part of the frame itself, with interchangeable chains, earrings, silicon chords and also suitable for men with a developed fashion sense. Sunglasses lanyards are indeed chains that you can attach or clip to the sides of your sunglasses and drape behind your head, like a backwards necklace. These chains were poised to be big since a couple of seasons, precisely since the beginning of 2020 when we were shifting to more edgy accessories to contrast a rather minimal choice of outfits. As we move away from the comfort wear after the pandemic, accessorizing seems all people are looking to elevate the look, eventhough this season is more about glamour than going extra bold, the chains are more jewellery-inspired, sport inspired rather than the whimsical  we saw last season. In the crossroads between functional accessory and full-fledged jewelry, the chain stands out as the ideal detail to up a fashion game and can vary in length, material (pearls, metal, silver, gold, acetate, beads, crystals) so that they can adapt to all the different shapes with no limits. Frames silhouettes vary from sqaured-oval to oversize for a very dramatic effect, from rectangular ones to light metal or gold ones with a strong presence of brown shaded lens, the chain can match the frame in terms of color or material or they may not, becoming a choice the weared does according to their mood, style and occasion.

\\ MAX MARA eyewear

Style: MM0030
An iconic rectangular acetate shape reinterpreted with an elegant feel and a modern design. A multifaceted front and temples featuring the baroque 3D MaxMaragram integrated metal logo. The frame comes in hues of Havana. The new Max Mara 70th anniversary limited edition sunglasses come with a camel-colored case personalized by the 1951 logo.

\\ DOLCE & GABBANA eyewear

\\ VITALY eyewear

The Matrix feature a shallow, angular frame shape that calls back to Y2K’s cyber-inspired eyewear. The Matrix are marked by a flat frame design, semi-flat lenses and a detachable neck chain, resulting in a contemporary take on an iconic eyewear style. Can be worn low on the bridge of the nose or covering the eyes. This style comes from 100% recycled stainless steel construction and with a branded soft-case and neck chain included.

\\ BURBERRY eyewear

Style BE 4336 (4081680)
A contemporary silhouette in bio-acetate, highlighted with a gold-plated ‘B’ motif. Selected styles feature a detachable chain-link necklace. Black frames with a gold-plated ‘B’ motif, black bio lenses and a gold-plated chain-link necklace. White transparent frames with a palladium-plated ‘B’ motif, grey bio lenses and a palladium-plated chain-link necklace. Red transparent frames with a gold-plated ‘B’ motif and grey bio lenses. Dark tortoiseshell frames with gold-plated ‘B’ motif and brown bio lenses. Black frames with gold-plated ‘B’ motif and black bio lenses.

\\ BURBERRY eyewear

\\ GUCCI eyewear

Style GG1031S
Crafted in lightweight metal, this oversize square frame is presented with gradient color lenses and playful charms attached to the temple tips with a delicate chain. It comes in different skus with heart, racoon or Interlocking G logo shaped pendants.

\\ HUMA eyewear

Style Ali
For the next season the brand introduced an enveloping mask style crafted from glossy acetate also featureing new colors, such as dark red, while the accessories range spans three different categories: pearls, piercing and rhinestones, employing Japanese river pearls, Swarovski crystals and faux jewels. The Ali frame is a rectangular retro mask with a semi-circular holes on the temples where you can clip a necklace, eaarings, charms that the brand also offers as accessories combination.

\\ VADA eyewear

Style: Collection Vada Eyes Style Presley Oldham X VADA Black Pearl Frame Chain.
Green tortoise shell frame with a retro twist. Brown shades with UV protection with holes on the temples. The jewelry necklace that is part of the frame was created by artist Preseley Oldham in collaboration with VADA. The chain is solid sterling silver with genuine black pearls. The sterling silver hooks slide smoothly through the sunglass holes. The chain can also be worn as a necklace and is a total of 30" long. Exclusive spring-hinge mechanism further ensures a product that is both aesthetically pleasing and effortlessly wearable.

\\ VERSACE eyewear

Style VE 4395
Worn by Kaia Gerber on the Fall/Winter 2020 runway, this over[1]the-top style boasts an oversized geometric shape with beveled acetate rims. The new golden Greca temple and detachable chain make this high-volume look much more than an accessory: it is a Versace Greca fashion statement. Available in black with dark grey temples and Havana with dark brown temples.

\\ CHIMI eyewear

Collection Running Style 01
CHIMI launches ACTIVE: RUNNING, a capsule of lightweight sunglasses developed for running—from low-impact jogs to high-intensity sprints.  The first design is ‘01’—an interpretation of the classic 01 from the CORE collection—developed with high-contrast polarized Essilor™ lenses, and lightweight bio-based frames that are developed in France with Arkema technolog. The frame features an adjustable rubber nose pad and temple tips crafted from rubber titanium chord that also serves as necklace or functional frames’ holder. A versatile shape with a slightly rounded frame, suitable for most faces.

\\ LINDA FARROW eyewear

Style DONYALE LFL1049C1SUN-49092
The outer surface of the bold silhouette is made of recycled black acetate with a contrasting cream frame layered on the inside. Wide cream acetate temples together with a 22 carat yellow gold plated titanium are fitted with solid grey ZEISS technology lenses which offer anti-glare and 100% UV protection. The frame is finished with sculpted nose pads and temple tips for a comfortable feel. Now available in two tone black and cream, the chunky acetate links are combined with a statement gold-plated monogram logo. Custom engineered clasps are designed to work perfectly with the signature eyelet temple. Also supplied with adjustable rubber loops which are compatible with all Farrow’s frames.

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