Boris Bidjan Saberi x Linda Farrow Shutter Sunglasses
OK first off, yes, shutter sunglasses are well and truly one of the worst things to happen to eyewear in the history of well, humanity. Nothing screams “I literally have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to what I wear” than the Technicolor honks of plastic you can grab at Poundland.
However, it’s easy to forget that, before they were adopted by every ‘Ladz-on-tour’ holiday since 2006, shutter glasses were actually at one point extremely ‘fashion meets art’. Although it was the cause of the snowballing phenomena that occurred, Alain Mikli’s re-invention of the 80s inspired style at one point was incredibly forward thinking.
So, when it comes to Boris Bidjan Saberi’s collaboration with famed eyewear designer Linda Farrow, it’s essential that you go in with an open mind. In opposition to the minimal, not-so-distant future style that we are oh so familiar with, these give a far more industrial, robust look. The metallic finish, which is an oxidised metal, coupled with geometric shaped frames and arms feel almost a mixture of classic sci-fi visors and 70s Vegas Elvis.
Saberi’s obviously infusing his German roots by introducing the strong, linear lines and blocked areas. Combined with Farrow’s expert use of eyewear architecture, the glasses are a hugely successful attempt at building on an ailing style. Coupled with an amazing photographic campaign – shot in monochrome, mirroring the industrial feel of the glasses, with male models draped in snoods and headscarves whilst covered in metallic paint – the glasses are set beautifully and are shown in their true artistic light.
Obviously, these are not your everyday sunglasses. Nor are they for your everyday consumer. And although they are a wonderfully designed piece of eyewear, they’re probably not enough to re-ignite the popularity of shutter sunglasses. They are however a great piece of design, in and out of the fashion realm, and if nothing else, Saberi and Farrow deserve every credit for their inspired work.
Available at lindafarrow.com for £224.