There’s something to be said for a statement bag, or perhaps a loud and eye-catching shoe, but this season, the strongest look of all begins with head-turning eyewear. In a new collaboration, Alain Mikli and couturier Alexandre Vauthier channel 80’s Parisian disco chic to give us bold, decadent specs in four key styles. Here, CR shows you how to style these glam and directional shades, with looks ranging from effortless, Bella Hadid-worthy daytime chic to the highest-octane evening offerings.
The woman in red isn’t just noticed—she owns the room. Throw on a bold, confidently sexy crimson leather Vauthier number with Warhol-inspired eyewear for a look that says it all. The power shoulders and the deep V call attention immediately, making this pairing perfect for the newly reopened Parisian dancehall Le Palace: That's France’s answer to Studio 54 and a spot where you, like Yves Saint Laurent back in his day, can hold court or forget about the audience and dance the night away.
ALAIN MIKLI sunglasses, $415, ALEXANDRE VAUTHIER dress, ONLY HEARTS BY HELENA STUART top, JENNIFER FISHER earring, BEN-AMUN BY ISAAC MANEVITZ earring, DEBORAH DRATTELL belt
Next to the little black dress, what could be more classic than a just-right pencil skirt? A latex version, fit with a cherry red satin belt and sexed up with a completely sheer mock neck, makes for the optimum day-to-night style. Oval, gold-rimmed specs add a layer of mystery. There's a hint of Tbilisi, Eastern European chic, and certainly a model-off-duty vibe to this assemble.
ALAIN MIKLI sunglasses, $415, FLEUR DU MAL skirt, BEN-AMUN BY ISAAC MANEVITZ earring, JENNIFER FISHER earring, ALEXANDRE VAUTHIER belt
Crushed velvet, Chantilly lace, and legs to spare—the strongest nighttime look is a balance between the subtle (that tiny little cocktail dress is black for a reason) and the unabashed. Pair the rock-ready mini-dress with Swarovski-studded futuristic sunglasses for the ultimate in seductive, irreverent attitude. This is a look for a party—think a boozy, sultry Bowery loft affair—or a concert on a crisp spring night; just throw on a leather jacket.
ALAIN MIKLI, sunglasses, $590; ALEXANDRE VAUTHIER dress; ONLY HEARTS BY HELENA STUART top; FALKE tights; CASADEI shoes
Ultra-narrow tinted glasses in deep red tortoise—the woman who rocks these is part Neo, part Guy Bourdin muse. The entire look—elegant in all-black-save-red-pumps-and-shining-gloves—is ideal for running around downtown. Add a blouse under the structured blazer for a meeting over coffee.
ALAIN MIKLI sunglasses, $455, ALEXANDRE VAUTHIER jacket, GASPAR GLOVES gloves, CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN shoes
There’s something about a woman in a black dress. It’s the right look for almost any occasion, day or night. Aubergine shades, with deep red lenses and crystal embellishments, take the look to the next level. It’s far from discreet—you can’t look away.
ALAIN MIKLI sunglasses, $590, ALEXANDRE VAUTHIER dress, BEN-AMUN BY ISAAC MANEVITZ earring (right ear), LULU FROST earring (left ear), YANDY.COM tights
What defines sophistication? If you're going for thoughtful, glamorous, and refined, this silk, voluminous offering takes the cake. It's perfect for a formal outing. Ultra-slim, Matrix-worthy white rimmed glasses give the look an avant-garde twist.
ALAIN MIKLI, sunglasses, $455, ALEXANDRE VAUTHIER jacket and cumberbund, CASADEI shoes
PHOTOGRAPHS CLAIRE ROTHSTEIN
FASHION DANIEL GAINES
MAKEUP MARK EDIO
HAIR PANOS PAPANDRIANOS