CHANEL model A 40942 is truly one of the most elegant sunglasses out there. We also have the same model, in black, color code S0133, in our sunglassespreservation archives and have already written about it here.
The light beige model color S1314 was the only pair of sunglasses used for the CHANEL spring-summer 2012 pret-a-porter fashion show. It was produced in extremly low quantities and was, of course, a CHANEL boutique exclusive, made in Italy by LUXOTTICA.
The “light beige” color (S1314) gives these sunglasses the opposite effect the black acetate did with color S0133. While the black acetate was compact, hiding the pearls from everybody else but the wearer’s own glances, hence underlining CHANEL’s masterfull skills in creating subtle luxury statements of the most decadent manner, the light beige color is transluscent and opens this model’s entire skeleton for everybody to see. This is why we baptized this light beige model as “the oyster jellyfish”.
It seems as if the pearls were rooted into the acetate shade’s frame. The frame and temples are so light beige colored that they appear to be greenish, yellowish and brownish when put under direct light, resembling a sea plant or animal. It seems as though pearls anchored themselves to a jellyfish that has spent a long time in seaweed. CHANEL designers manage to make this potpourri of otherwise gross calibre into something exquisitly elegant and sophisticated.
The lenses are light brown graduated to clear while the cultivated pearls anchor themselves to the frame with tiny metal screw-like sticks resembling roots. The metal CHANEL logo is located one on the outter side of each temple. This color reveals the true structure of what is happening within the temples. The final model that made it into retail production has a different core to the prototype seen on the CHANEL spring-summer 2012 pret-a-porter catwalk. In fact, the runway model had metal wires running through almost the entire length of the temples while the CHANEL boutique retail version has been pepped up and the wires have been trimmed down totally to leave space to the sight of pure light beige acetate temples. We have posted both images for you to be able to compare the difference between prototype and final product.
This proves once again the dedication CHANEL and LUXOTTICA have for delivering the best possible product to their clients. What walks the CHANEL catwalk, even though already perfect, still has about six months time to be improved even further before the final product hits CHANEL boutiques. Even though these sunglasses are always produced in minimal quantities, there is still so much effort put into them that we keep getting surprised each time, with each new collection, at how much advanced the products keep getting.
The temples have an anchor system used instead of the standard metal wires (as seen in the prototype). The new minimal metal “anchors” within the temples look like three tiny teeth or forks anchored tightly inside the acetate. This system is very sturdy and stable but allows the wearer to fully appreciate the desired effect the transluscent light beige color is suposed to deliver. In fact, the sunglasses are supposed to reflect the theme of the CHANEL spring-summer 2012 pret-a-porter collection: underwater world, pearls, corals, sea urchins, shells, mother of pearl and urban wet haired mermaids.
These shades look like they are a product of the sea, aetherial and boneless like a jellyfish. This is the best reason not to add metal wires into the core of the temples and LUXOTTICA’s designers and technitians made it happen and it looks flawless. It is a great new addition to CHANEL’s tradition of making sea-world inspired shades like the famous kissing fish from CHANEL’s fw05 cruise collection.
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