Since launching her eponymous brand in 1988, New Zealand-based fashion designer Karen Walker has won the hearts and minds of many fashionistas with her chic sunglasses collection. Walker juxtaposes opposites — masculine and feminine, luxurious and casual, edgy and sweet — to create shades that vary from boho-retro to elegant and avant-garde. The popular Helter Skelter design, for example, comes in classic tortoiseshell for an everyday casual look, and in black and gold metal for mysterious Hollywood glamour. Walker takes a similar approach to her Perfect Day cat-eye sunglasses, Deep Freeze wayfarers, and oversize frames. In addition to sunglasses, Walker designs women’s clothing, jewelry, and — for good measure — home accessories that have earned her accolades from the likes of <i>Vogue</i>, <i>InStyle</i>, and <i>Nylon</i>.
The London designer's signature retro shades and sleek optical frames.
Modern statement shades by two hyper-sophisticated names.
The fashion world loves a good historical reference. Case in point? The Fall '14 runways, where designers from Louis Vuitton to Tory Burch formed a veritable mod squad, sending out parades of abbreviated hemlines, graphic color-blocking, and seriously psychedelic prints. Find out how to swing the retro-inspired look this season with our right-now tweaks, then shop the sale below to channel the daring decade without being mistaken for Twiggy.
Cutting-edge statement shades from the buzzy designer's namesake line.