It’s Hip to be Square

The enormous, square-shaped sunglasses by Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri, are back for Fall in new avatars. Inspired by the Maison’s iconic address in Paris, this is one accessory you absolutely need to see, and be seen in.

Lifestyle Insider On the ramp with Dior and the 30 Montaigne sunglasses

Over 70 years have passed since Monsieur Christian Dior presented his very first haute couture collection at his couture House’s emblematic address, 30, Avenue Montaigne in Paris. His collection, destined for Spring Summer 1947 was an immediate success, and paved the way for his ‘New Look’ – Dior silhouettes that embodied a cinched waist with skirts that were full, and short, and looked very modern for their times. Dior quickly became the favourite of Hollywood stars like Ava Gardner and Marlene Dietrich, besides royalty.

Lifestyle Insider Backstage with Dior at the FW21 show - Photo by Inès Manai

The address of Dior’s Maison also lent its name to the must-have bag by Christian Dior (essentially a flap bag that with the famous ‘CD’ clasp), and the 30 Montaigne sunglasses – inspired by this iconic bag – reaffirm their resolutely Dior style in new iterations designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri and unveiled at the House’s Fall-Winter 2020-2021 ready-to-wear fashion show.

Lifestyle Insider Ivory 30 Montaigne sunglasses by Dior

The square, 70s-style frames, punctuated by the iconic ‘CD’ signature (it reflects the golden ‘CD’ clasp as its signature hinge at the temples), are now available in ivory, black or tortoiseshell-inspired versions. Embellished with a fine gold-finish edging, lenses tinted in captivating shades of burgundy, blue, or grey complete the couture look. The sunglasses offer 100 percent UVA and UVB protection for the eyes.

Lifestyle Insider Dior's 30 Montaigne sunglasses in a tortoiseshell look Lifestyle Insider A pair of black 30 Montaigne sunglasses by Dior


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