CHANEL model 16285, material 01081, color 21011, from their ss01 pret-a-porter collection, represents a great jump into futuristic experimentation in sunglasses design. It is one of the early examples of opaque translucent acetate use within the CHANEL boutique exclusive sunglass range.
The frame is straight on top making the bridge blend in with the rest of the design. The middle front of the bridge bares CHANEL’s brand printed in white. The temples organically continue from the sides of the frame all the way to the edge of the ears. There are two big pale golden metal double “C” logos, one on each end of the temples. The double “C” logos are integrated within the acetate. They are not glued or screwed in.
The lens is made of one piece and it fits tight into the frame, with CHANEL’s brand name engraved within it’s top left and right side. The overall appeal of this particular model is very alien like. It is reminiscent of an organic visionary shades that could have been used in a sci-fi movie.
The inner left temple bares the CHANEL model and color codes as well as the country of production while the inner right temple bares the CHANEL brand name and again the country of production which is again Italy. These shades were produced by LUXOTTICA. It is rare that CHANEL sunglasses carry two “made in Italy” inscriptions but it is not out of the ordinary. These shades were produced in a period of transition when LUXOTTICA began producing CHANEL sunglasses not only for CHANEL boutiques. In fact, soon after 2001 all CHANEL sunglasses and glasses would bare an individual authenticity identification code. All models prior bare no such code.
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