Looking at life through rose-tinted spectacles
Pink is the colour of choice for celebrities’ sunnies, says Emma McCarthy
Every now and then we could all use a pair of rose-tinted glasses. Like, for instance, the first day back at work after Easter, complete with belly-bloat rounder than a chocolate egg and the knowledge that your next Friday bank holiday is a full 361 days away.
Imagine our delight, then, to discover that said glasses are no longer just a metaphor but an actual trend.
After all, with millennial pink proving to be a phenomenon that refuses to peak, we may as well accept the fact that life is better bathed in blush.
And while a pair of bubblegum-vision lenses aren't the most practical when it comes to protecting your eyes from the sun, the squinting is worth it for the soothing, pale-pink glow through which you will see the world. Not to mention the Instagram likes.
Unsurprisingly, planet celebrity - a place where the desire to stay incognito merges seamlessly with an unwavering determination to be noticed - has taken to these statement paparazzi-shielders with gusto.
Selena Gomez (the most followed account on Instagram after @Instagram) and social media's highly influential sister act, Gigi and Bella Hadid (both firm millennial pink devotees), are particular fans of rosy specs.
Vintage Caviar Midas, Le Specs and Quay Australia are the brands of choice respectively, while trend peacock Olivia Palermo loves hers so much she collaborated with celeb favourite Westward Leaning on a line of her own rose-gold mirrored lenses. Fashion is equally enamoured of spring's optimistic new look, both on and off the catwalk.
Style plate Veronika Heilbrunner, for one, brought some serious feel-good vibes to fashion week recently by teaming her flamingo-pink Acne shades with a matching teddy bear-fuzz jacket, while Gucci's take on the trend - a pair of oversized rhinestone-rim bobby dazzlers - aren't designed to hide behind.
But while a pair of rose-tinted specs may be spring's hottest look, there's a fine line between crossing over into dodgy early Noughties throwback.
To avoid channelling bad Paris Hilton lookalike, seek out high-spec, er, specs.
Kiwi Karen Walker - a designer who has become better known on this side of the equator for her statement sunnies than her successful ready-to-wear line - has just launched a new collaboration with MAC featuring a host of signature styles with tinted lenses perfectly matched to the brand's pigment-rich matte lipsticks.
The range includes two pairs of rose-tinted sunnies - the bug-eyed Love Discos and Love Hangover aviators - which are the perfect pairing to MAC's Feeling Fizzy lipstick.
Former fashion editor turned optical enthusiast Anna Laub also champions blush shades this season - witness her Jackie O-esque San Francisco pair.
As showcased in Mother Denim's Cali-cool campaign and on the sunglasses stands of Topshop, Seventies-style aviators are also coming up roses.