PARIS — Célines are without a doubt the holy grail — the crème de la crème — of sunglasses.
Seductively designed, they are distinguished by particular characteristics: chunky acetate frames; large dimensions; rounded contours; clean lines; unconventional shapes; and minimised logos.
The models often evolve from season to season. For instance, the popular Audrey was first the original slightly cat-eyed ‘Audrey’ (CL 41755/S), then the smaller ‘Baby Audrey’ (CL 41053/S), then finally, the squared and sans cat-eyed ‘New Audrey’ (CL 41805/S) (pictured below, in that order.)
Aside from Céline’s popular Audrey, the Shadow model (CL 41756/S) is adored by business-woman-chic celebrities due to its straight, bold brow line and thick temples.
Céline makes a mean cat-eye too. My favourite cat-eyes are the Papillon (CL 41055/S) and the Caty (CL 41050/S) (both of which I unabashedly possess.) The Papillon is a strong cat-eye and is definitely a statement. The Caty is a subdued cat-eye, yet still incredibly sexy; it’s my go-to at the moment.
Céline has some incredibly fun and sexy sunnies in its Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 Runway collections, including the Edge, Stella, and Diane (pictured below, in that order.)
Céline sunnies are traditionally offered in Black, Dark Havana (traditional tortoise), Havana and Grey (grey tortoise), Antique Rose, Milky White, Milky Saffron, Transparent Grege, Red, Blue, Petrol, Khaki, and White. Black Célines are the holy grail of the holy grail and are incredibly posh on the right face (Mediterranean or Nordic.) Dark Havana Célines are what has best suited me. Antique Rose Célines (pictured below) are sensually elegant as well.
Each model has a name and style number (CL #####/S). I find the frames easiest to keep track of through their style number. Only select frames have “CÉLINE” on the temple; most frames just have the notable three dots.
As a backdrop for the fashion house, in September 2008, British designer Phoebe Philo took control of Céline as its creative director. Her minimalist point of view has significantly guided Céline to create the designs it does today.
Céline sunglasses may be found at one of Céline’s stores worldwide or through its selective network, including department stores such as Saks, Bergdorfs, Barneys, Harrods, and Galeries Lafayette.