By Antonio Malara
There is a song by the great Italian singer Franco Battiato that says: "there are those who wear sunglasses to have more charisma and symptomatic mystery". I have to admit that it is an absolute truth and personally I initially used glasses mainly for this reason. Since I was a kid I have bought many and although I’m a type who prefers the nightlife, I still love sunglasses as an accessory. From vintage models to more modern ones, from teardrop to square ones, both in metal and acetate, I have a very large collection. For a matter of comfort I prefer the latter and I must say that among all the models I own, the one I prefer, also for the quality of its lenses, is a Gucci model in acetate. I must specify that in recent years, I use sunglasses during my "Fashion" posts and above all, given my lifestyle, I use them mainly when I travel, this made me perceive the strengths and weaknesses of the various models. Above all, I follow two basic rules: sunglasses must be made of acetate and not colored lenses. For example, several years ago I bought a Dsquared2 model that had red lenses and when I used them on travel, they not only offset the colors of what I saw but at the same time it was impossible for me to take pictures because in that case I did not understand if the exposure was correct.
Also in anticipation of a "Fashion" post that I will publish shortly, I started looking for a new model in acetate "Aviator" model and given my previous experience I opted for a Gucci ones, sure of both build quality and lenses. In this case I chose a "mixed" model in the sense that the sunglasses I show today are in acetate but have metal temples. As for comfort, for me it’s enough that they are in acetate in the part that is in contact with the nose, the rest is not a big problem.
The packaging of these sunglasses is not particularly sought as, for example, it happened to me with packages of Dolce & gabbana. The sunglasses come in a havana-colored bag whose material looks like linen, with the logo printed in black in the center. Inside this bag there is another satin black one with the Gucci logo printed in yellow. Opening this last satin bag we find the black velvet box that contains the sunglasses. For the rest, there are three envelopes inside the large box; a large rectangular one with the receipt inside, a smaller one with a “thanks for the purchase” paper and another that contains the certificate of authenticity. As I said, even if the packaging is not that great, the bag is still comfortable to use for travel and is chic thanks to the logo.
As for the aesthetic appearance of the sunglasses, however, I had been looking for an Aviator model for a long time and I wanted it in acetate. This Gucci model struck me for the simplicity in the front; a large black mask with a very small contrasting logo at the top of the lens. In fact, looking at it from the front, since no logo is visible, you can appreciate the style without anything else that distracts from the design. Instead, what struck me and made me fall in love with these glasses were the temples. Against the gray background of the metal, there are two straight lines, one green on the top and the other red on the bottom, to stylize the Italian flag. I liked this detail very much not for a matter of belonging to the homeland but because I find it original and aesthetically beautiful.
I used the sunglasses for a photo shoot that I will post after this and I found only positive things. First of all, the frame is very wide, so this gives excellent visibility as there are no shadows near the eyes. The lenses are very similar to those of the other Gucci model I already own, so you see everything in the original colors only slightly darker. The temples are a little harder than the acetate ones so I'll have to use them a little longer to see if this detail will bring some discomfort or not. I also liked them on an aesthetic level, looking at the photos I took I noticed that they have a bit of an 80's effect but still remain original, certainly on my face they have a different effect than the other aviator models I own. At this point I just have to wear them for a whole day, maybe for a weekend out, in the meantime I show them here in detail and on me in the next post.
Pictures: Antonio Malara