Rihanna rocking her all-white look, topped off with Chanel sunglasses
“If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it,” said Willy Wonka in his Chocolate Factory. Well who knew we’d be looking at YOU Mr Wonka for fashion inspiration this season. The sweet-toothed eccentric played by Johnny Depp in 2005’s remake obviously spotted the potential in big white sunglasses way before this spring/summer’s runways…
If you weren’t ready to swap safe tortoiseshell cat-eye frames for something more bonkers, just look to Rihanna. Like clockwork, our trusted beacon of coolness has jumped on the trend already, donning some Willy Wonka shades for a spot of shopping in Paris.
RiRi’s, of course darlings, are from her unofficial outfitters Chanel (she also has another pair in slightly different finish with black scalloped edges), but we’ve seen similarly oversized white-rims on the catwalks of Moschino and in store everywhere from Emporio Armani to ASOS, Jeepers Peepers to Balenciaga.
Moschino's mainline collection featured supersize bright-white frames
How to wear them? For those dedicated to a strong look, you can channel the current ‘60s mood for mod with a fully monochrome a-line mini-skirted ensemble. Otherwise, we fully approve of Miss Fenty's her Daz-bright whites – her cheeky tennis skirt and blazer are perfectly matched to her statement shades. Otherwise, you can simply pop a pair on with a regular jeans and tee kind of get-up.
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