Cat Eye Sunglasses Get a Modern Makeover



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We understand why Wayfarers have been the go-to shades for the past few seasons—the shape is classic and it suits so many faces. But we are more than ready to see things a little differently. Cat eye frames are the newest (oldest!) shape du jour, and designers are definitely having some fun playing around with this classic '50s staple. For their spring 2010 shows, Alexander Wang, Giles Deacon, and Miuccia Prada revealed oversized versions of the frames in statement-making colors like gold, hot pink, and orange. Model and It-girl Dree Hemingway wasted no time sporting the Deacon specs right off the runway. Christian Dior and Proenza Schouler are now offering pared-down sleeker versions, and we're happy to see Mary-Kate Olsen in something that doesn't entirely overwhelm her pretty face. But if you like that bug-eyed Rachel Zoe look, Betsey Johnson and Balenciaga have some vintage-inspired options. Yes, looking like a Pink Lady just got a bit easier.

Above, from left: Modern cat eyes on the Prada spring 2010 runway, photo via Style.com; Dree Hemingway wore Giles Deacon's spring 2010 fall shades off the runway, photo by Craig Arend/Altamira NYC.

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Above, from left: Cat eye frames on the spring 2010 runway at Giles, photo via Style.com; Mary Kate Olsen in Dior's Diorette sunglasses, photo via Olsens Anonymous; the runway at Giles, photo via Style.com.


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Above, from left: Futuristic cat eye glasses on the runway at Alexander Wang, photo via Style.com; style blogger from Lulu and Your Mom.


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Above, clockwise from bottom left: 2456 Anouk Sunglasses, $14.80, available at Bleu Dame; Christian Dior Diorette Sunglasses, $214.99, available at Popular Glasses; Balenciaga Sunglasses, $438, available at Madison Los Angeles; Cynthia Rowley Cat Eye Sunglasses, $175, available at Cynthia Rowley.

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