Throwing Shade: Karen Walker’s new eyewear range

Karen Walker’s new resort eyewear collection, SHADOW PLAY, launches today, and it’s all strong shapes and clean tones.

The range uses soft colour lenses and bold frames to purposefully create shadows on the face. “The idea is that there’s this beautiful interplay with light on the skin as the lenses bounce back a colour wash and the frames create this graphic, playful sense of structure to super-enhance your beauty look,” Karen says.

Showing that eyewear can go beyond style and actually function as a beauty shading tool, the models were shot on film in natural light to highlight the unique shapes created by the shadows. Warm browns, gentle whites and classic black accentuate the angles of the cheekbone and jawline, while metal/acetate frames create a definitive outline.

Karen Walker SHADOW PLAY is available from selected stores including Net-A-Porter, Liberty, David Jones and Karen Walker stores.

High fashion and sustainability collide on the runway

Brit designer Stella McCartney is no neophyte where ethical fashion is concerned. Determined to prove that barriers between high fashion and ethical fashion shouldn’t exist, sustainability was at the heart of McCartney’s new collection. The invitations, Stella McCartney-embossed eco-friendly, 100 per-cent recycled “trashion” bags, were a not-so-subtle nod to the ongoing debate about fashion industry’s environmental footprint. McCartney has long been a proponent of animal-friendly faux leather. While the textile has, up until now, been reserved for accessories – bags and shoes – her recent showing at Paris Fashion Week saw what McCartney calls ‘Skin-Free Skin’ fashioned into a number of garments including trousers and tops.

Discover some of the key looks from the Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2018 collection in the gallery below.