Sunglasses serve a dual purpose in the fashion world: a) protecting the wearer from the swarms of photographers awaiting them outside the shows and b) making them look cool no matter how much sleep they got. Along with bags, shoes, and iPhone cases, they're an accessory we'll always take notice of—particularly if they're a unique style.
Other than Anna Wintour, who consistently wears her signature Chanel sunglasses, most showgoers prefer to switch up their shades to suit their outfit, and this season, there were some definite trends that stood out from the pack, from retro-inspired cat-eye frames to Star Trek–worthy space-age styles.
Below, see and shop the five sunglass trends that dominated Fashion Month this season.
The shape may have a retro vibe, but the angular styles we spotted this season are unmistakably modern.
Oh yes, the early '00s are back with a vengeance, as evidenced by the return of the era's favorite statement sunnies.
Not all sunglasses have to be so dark and mysterious. Colorful lenses let you see the world in a whole new light
The high-contrast look of white frames with dark lenses adds a graphic element to any outfit. And while you can find them in virtually every shape, we're especially loving '90s-inspired oval styles right now.
Blame Rihanna's Star Trek–inspired collab with Dior for the most futuristic sunglass trend of the season.
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