Sunglasses of the Stars: Rihanna, The Weeknd, Selena Gomez & More

Selena Gomez is seen arriving at Haneda Airport on Aug. 1, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan.
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Selena Gomez donned a bright red-orange pair in Tokyo last summer.

From the red carpet to the stage, the most important accessory right now is a killer pair of sunglasses. These are four spotlight-shielding designs to watch. 

Visors and Shields

It has been 10 years since Kanye West wore his Tom Fords during the Graduation era, but visors and shields are re-emerging bolder than ever. “They’re definitely coming back. Both rappers like Migos and bloggers are influencing people to try different things,” says celebrity stylist Zoe Costello. The look can be dialed up, à la Nicki Minaj, or toned down with plastic aviator hybrid options.

COURREGES
Vintage 1970s gold plastic sunglasses, $295; 1stdibs.com

MYKITA
Bernard Willhelm Daisuke rainbow shields, $600; mykita.com

White Frames

The retro look Kurt Cobain made famous gained a renewed following in 2016, when Saint Laurent debuted a ’90s-inspired collection that nodded to everything Cobain wore -- especially his signature white frames. “They’re a neutral, and they stand out,” says Costello, who put Takeoff in a pair for the 2017 Met Gala. “They’re really quite timeless.”

CHRISTIAN ROTH
Jackie 60 white frames, $275; christianroth.com

?SAINT LAURENT
Lou Lou cat-eye acetate sunglasses, $420; netaporter.com

GENTLE MONSTER
Laser sunglasses, $230; gentlemonster.com

Tinted Lenses

Wearing colorful shades does not mean going full-on Elton John (or Rihanna, for that matter), as today’s tints also come in more demure styles. “Choose a lens color that contrasts nicely with skin tone and pairs with hair color,” says stylist Christian Classen, who has put Selena Gomez in a few bright hues. “Think of your Insta selfie: It’s all about the collarbone on up.”

DKNY
Runway black sunglasses with red lenses, $190; dkny.com

FEDA BANANA 
Vic pink pearl mirrored sunglasses, $207; fredabanana.com

SUNDAY SOMEWHERE
Matahari Dua black and gold sunglasses, $290; sundaysomewhere.com

CHRISTOPHER KANE
Mask frame sunglasses, $495; christopherkane.com

Classic Rounds

The throwback look that John Lennon wore so well runs the gamut from cool to quirky, with sleek wire frames or thick plastic ones, plus clips, bridges and tinted lenses. But above all, the actual shape must be flattering: “The more square-shaped your face, the rounder the lens, and vice versa,” says Classen, adding: “Think contrast. Opposites attract.”

John Lennon at the Beacon Theatre in New York City circa 1970.Art Zelin/Getty Images

RAY-BAN
Ja-Jo green round sunglasses, $165; ray-ban.com

ILLESTEVA
Roma sunglasses with mirrored lenses, $220; illesteva.com

HAN KJØBENHAVN
Doc tinted clip-ons, $180; hankjobenhavn.com

CUTLER AND GROSS
Sunglasses in dark turtle, $500; cutlerandgross.com

 

Roma sunglasses with mirrored lenses, $220; illesteva.comCourtesy of Illesteva

This article originally appeared in the June 3 issue of Billboard.

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