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How to hide a multitude of sins the Tom Ford way

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Sunglasses are not just for holidays.

As someone once almost said. Of course they do have a practical use in shielding our delicate eyes from the vicious rays of the sun (well, they do if you buy carefully, perhaps those knock-offs that look totally amazing and only cost €6 on your last holiday might not quite be up to medical grade protection).

Sunglasses can also hide the ravages of age; the effects of a lack of sleep or one too many restorative and/or socially-lubricating Proseccos; and can disguise, when needed, the whole gamut of human emotions from anxiety to mirth to full-on grief. Let’s face it, there are times when we all need to hide our raw selves away from the world.

Of course sunglasses are also grade-A, easily-accessible cool. Reference any film star/style icon from the start of popular culture. Jackie O knew how to wear a pair to ultimate sophisticated effect. See also James Dean, Audrey Hepburn, Karl Lagerfeld, Kanye West, Elvis, Anna Wintour…the list of sunglasses-wearing notables is endless.

To be honest, everybody looks better, hotter, more mysterious in sunglasses.

So to these beauties: Tom Ford Abbey for women and Leo for men will be available exclusively through travel retailer DFS, in 35 of its sunglasses stores worldwide throughout 2017.

The designs are handmade, feature the Tom Ford ‘T’ logo and have accents of on-trend rose gold. The Abbey has a shiny, dark ‘Havana’ frame with mirrored lenses that have a subtle hint of gold. The Leo, also in shiny black, boasts a gradient turquoise lens with a touch of silver.

What’s more, it’s always fun to walk through the arrivals gate at the airport behind a super-stylish pair of frames and see how many people look to see if you might be someone famous.

Clare Austin
written by: Clare Austin
With a background in fashion and beauty journalism for magazines such as Elle and Harper’s Bazaar Clare is a beauty enthusiast whose pulse quickens whenever a new product hits the shelves.