CHANEL fish sunglasses from the fall/winter 2005 cruise collection. (Best thanks to Sabrina from CHANEL for giving us exact date and collection this beautiful model was presented in). These shades were CHANEL boutique exclusives and were available in two colors. One is the amazing mud grey fish color you can see here, in our archives and the second model, the model we showcase in this post, is made in transluscent pink acetate.
The pink shades are very “Barbie-like”, which does not help the sunglasses look very realistic as a fish. The “mud grey fish”, on the other hand, is an incredible color and very close to the feel of what real fish skin looks like. Not wanting to be too pretty, these sunglasses hit the spot and definitely deserve to be inserted in the sunglassespreservation archives. The pink model, on the other hand, inspires us a flair of old Hollywood glamour and incredible cinematic allure.
The frame is made of two acetate fish that meet right above the wearer’s nose to kiss each other. Their eyes are made of two transparent Swarowski crystals.
The temples have a unique shape. They resemble fish fins, so, in a way, we could say these sunglasses are made of four different fish: two on the frame and one piece of fish on each side, as temple.
Both lenses carry the CHANEL logo engraved in them. The right lens, furthermore, has the authenticity identification number lasered into it. This number is unique to only this pair of model A 27451 sunglasses. To protect it’s identity and to avoid copying, we have blurred the number out. These shades were made in Italy, somewhere between 2004 and 2005, for CHANEL’s 2005 cruise collection, by LUXOTTICA.
Each temple carries a metal double “C” logo on it’s outer far front while the left inner side of the temple carries the model and color number as the right inner temple carries the CHANEL stamp.
The past of eyewear design history has seen animals mark the shape of many sunglasses way before CHANEL did. These CHANEL shades are nothing new really, but they are daring nevertheless, considering their color and above all the mostly conservative look CHANEL gives to almost all of it’s products. This model is provocative if seen through CHANEL standards. Topping your look with these sunglasses does alter quite a bit the overall average CHANEL conservative chic, marking it with a fresh twist.
On their own, without having to wear a CHANEL costume to pair them with, they are provocative because they are CHANEL and not some other brand. The logo does make a difference in this case, as superficial as it may seem, when you pair fish with CHANEL, the clash becomes fabulous!
Lets not forget that what CHANEL is today as a brand is only in part still faithfull to mademoiselle’s vision filled with sense of humor. By this we would like to remind you of CHANEL’s little frog brooches, forrest nuts on colliers and pins, “Picadilly” brooches (to name a few accessories made during mademoiselle’s life).
Today’s luxury brands dare very little when it comes to “out of the box designs”. They want secure sales, which limit their creative verve, as most big spenders have no real taste and would purchase only that what is securely said to be “fashion”. Hence the loss of “style” and a brand like CHANEL ends up seldomly allowing itself to have fun with design and style… but when it does allow itself a fashion/style divertissement they never fail to leave us in awe!
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