Chanel Spring/Summer 2017 Pre-Collection Camellia Sunglasses

It’s no secret: the camellia and Mademoiselle Chanel were inseparable. The favored flower of dandies, fresh and balanced, Gabrielle made it one of the iconic totems of her brand. Today, more than a century after its introduction into Chanel’s noble and elegant repertoire, the label is now revisiting the camellia in an off-kilter women’s version, affixed onto sunglasses. Next season’s eyewear pre-collection is composed of two lines of sunglasses. While one plays with camellias, the other takes on pastel and neon colors.

On sporty and casual frames, a new story begins for the camellia. Black and white nylon petals flourish around black or rose-tinged mirrored lenses. Even better, a camellia in the shape of a butterfly finds its way onto a cat-eyed pair of frames. On the other hand, oval frames play with lively transparencies. These new sunglasses by Chanel take on a neon yellow, red, and blue look also, softened by tender pink or apple green. Their XXL lenses are riveted to the acetate of the frames themselves. Large and comfortable, these new styles adopt an (extra)ordinary camellia to make for a summer as sweet as it is on point. Exclusively in Chanel boutiques!

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