Alexa Chung, Beyoncé, Rihanna and Kate Bosworth are all super-fans of Australian designer Karen Walker’s sunglasses. Her substantial frames – you won’t find any of that sit-down-and-break-‘em kind of fragility here – have found major popularity in these A-list echelons, but you’ll also find that no fashion stylist can do a summer shoot without them, or fashion week for that matter.
From her candy-coloured cat-eyes through to more classic but chunky tortoiseshell shapes, you’ll find fun riffs on classics right through to something wacky. So the wild Anna Dello Russo is just as much as of a keen KW wearer as a more demure Jessica Alba.
Considering there have been a few rays of sunshine this morning it seems more than fortuitous that Karen Walker has chosen today to launch a travelling pop-up shop – called the Candy Bar – in Browns Focus.
Karen Walker's Candy Bar in Browns Focus now
So what’s the coolest to wear right now? ‘Anything super-flat and graphic, but particular over-sized rounds and cat-eyes,’ Karen tells us, ‘But the style that suits all faces shapes is the Karen Walker Number One.’ Which is a kind of angular blown-out cat-eye silhouette
Alexa Chung may be one of the brand’s biggest fans – she barely takes her ‘Northern Lights’ in ‘Crazy Tortoise’ shades off – but who is Karen’s sunglasses icon? ‘Captain Sensible and Gena Rowlands in Opening Night.’
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The range of sunglasses on offer at the Candy Bar