We've found a stellar range of these shades for you, but before we begin throwing product around, let's start with the origin of this trend! We noticed a handful of designers accessorized their models (and simultaneously shielded them from flash photography) with translucent lenses for the S/S 08 shows. Matthew Williamson and Sonia Rykiel complemented their runway looks with clear frames and, most notably, some thick-framed translucent sunnies turned up in Alber Elbaz's collection for Lanvin.
The translucent frames trend was cemented off the runway by a handful of trendsetting celebs. Kirsten Dunst illustrated the look nicely during a recent stroll in Soho, when her futuristic Balenciaga Dinghy shades ($420, 646.348.6100) added flair to her otherwise simple outfit. Ashlee Simpson and Selma Blair also advocate the transparent accessory to accent their personal style. Simpson selected the two-tone version of Ray-Ban's Tonal Wayfarer Sunglasses ($139) in black/clear while Blair chose the Ray-Ban New Wayfarer ($115) in honey/black. Most recently, Sienna Miller beamed at a photo call for her upcoming film Edge of Love in our favorite pair-Benjamin's Nicole Clear Sunglasses ($325). You can purchase them online in Crystal Brown or call City of Angels Eyewear (323.951.9740) to order Miller's fully clear pair.
As for the aforementioned Lanvin styles (we're assuming many of you have your hearts set on them), we're pleased to inform you that Edon Manor (212.431.3890), one of our favorite boutiques, will soon have the season's key styles. They are getting in the Lanvin Way Shiner with crystal frames and brown/pink lenses and the Lanvin Key West Oversized with translucent cat-eye frames ($295 each) any day now, so put yourself on the list! In the meantime, we highly recommend the similarly shaped Grey Ant Status Sunglasses ($253) that are in stock at Diavolina (310.550.1341) in clear and also available in a slightly darker smoke color. If you still want to be spotted poolside in a pair of these hot shades but don't want to break the bank, we think these Retro Clear Sunglasses ($5.80) from Forever 21 and Urban Outfitter's Southern Lights Shades ($9.99) will satisfy your literal eye candy needs.-Jessica Amento