Life has been a little devoid of colour of late, which is why, for summer, we’re setting our sights on colourful sunglasses in a seductive spectrum of shades. We suggest investing in some transparent frames in vivid jewel tones that will gleam in the heatwave sun like a precious stone – think Bottega Veneta’s retro futuristic lilac cat-eye frames, Sportmax’s athletics-inspired styles in emerald green, and Gucci’s oversized 1970s opticals in cerulean, among others.

The most outré new opticals tap into S/S 2021’s wider penchant for punchy bright tones, which popped up on the catwalk at brands including AkrisVersace, Dolce & Gabbana, Christopher John Rogers and Roksanda. There’s a high-energy optimism behind these hues, which work to bring positivity to a year dominated by the dark shades of the Covid-19 pandemic. ‘Colour is everything to me, this season more than ever before,’ Akris’ Albert Kriemler told Wallpaper* back in September 2020, in relation to his collaboration with Imi Knoebel, the German abstract artist renowned for his skill as a colourist.

Sunglasses in blue cat-eye shape by Salvatore Ferragamo

If you’re keen to reflect an entire prism of cheer-giving colours, a clear sunglasses silhouette is most striking. Lindberg, Louis Vuitton and Prada are all offering eye-catching options in geometric, graphic and wraparound styles. Prada, for example, has flirted with the utilitarian aviator shape, and is contrasting transparent acetate against kohl black hardware.

When it comes to the Covid-19 pandemic, the clouds have not yet fullly parted. However, when sporting one of these sunglasses styles, from Celine’s geometric magenta shades to Fendi’s ‘FF’ monogrammed lenses, life might seem to have got a little brighter. §

Sunglasses in magenta by Celine

£310, by Celine

Sunglasses in retro blue by Gucci

£235, by Gucci

Sunglasses in transparent aviator style by Prada

£354, by Prada

Sunglasses with monogramm lenses Fendi

£265, by Fendi

Sunglasses in transparent acetate by Lindberg

£300, by Serengeti

Sunglasses in cat eye lilac by Bottega Veneta

£310, by Bottega Veneta

Sunglasses in transparent acetate by Louis Vuitton

£605, by Louis Vuitton