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.
Stylish specs and shades by some of our favorite luxe lines.
Classic black and white is always a safe (and stylish) bet when it comes to making a bold, graphic statement. Go for a high-contrast vibe this season and accessorize your look with get-noticed bowler satchels, cap-toe ballet flats, mod resin necklaces, and zebra-print shades.
Karen Walker has been known for her effortlessly hip looks since 1988, and with this collection of shades, the emphasis is on <i>quirky cool</i>. Frames dressed up in bold tortoise, rainbow-bright hues, and oversize silhouettes are on offer — not to mention the slick aviators and perfectly round numbers. No wonder Rihanna and Florence Welch are fans.