Escapism takes center stage as fashion forays into futurism, whether in spacey dresses, sharply contoured eyewear, or beach accessories

by Archana Aithal Rose

DRY AND MIGHTY
Arguably the most underrated yet essential accessory for sunbathing at the beach, lounging by the poolside, or canoeing down a lush river, the beloved beach towel is getting a fashionable refresh. In luxurious textures and whimsical prints, there’s one to suit every style and taste.

Hermès 3 Surfs Beach Towel
A colorful medley of surfboards makes for an inviting print by Hermès, in soft terry cloth. $580, hermes.com

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Stella McCartney No Smile No Service Beach Towel
This no nonsense design with a positive message in a bright colorful print on plush 100% cotton will not just make you a cool cat, but have everyone at the playa smiling. $385, stellamccartney.com

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Ralph Lauren Alderbrook Beach Towel
Drop the anchor in a cozy spot with this bright nautical print. In premium terry cotton, featuring a two ply construction that offers maximum softness and absorption. $70, ralphlauren.com

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TIME TRAVELER
Year after year, Nicolas Ghesquière, the creative head of Louis Vuitton, has belted out awe inspiring collections that form the identifying aesthetics of the 165 year old French brand. This year, in the wake of a recently renewed contract with LV, the France born designer decided to introduce us earthlings to what lies beyond workaday humdrum style. Inspired by the virtual reality meme seemingly a prerequisite for this millennial era the collection was dotted with avant garde details like space suit sleeves, architecturally shaped silhouettes (including dresses in metallic florals), amplified graphic prints, and further innovations. Meanwhile, space capsule bags and other clever accessories gave a nod to travel; in fact, adventure punctuated much of Ghesquière’s collection, one that could be aptly described as out of this world.

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SHARP SHADES
It’s time to stow away the miniature cat eye sunglasses from last year and make way for all things geometric. Pushing the boundaries of fashion, designers have played with proportions in exaggerated frames. Whether in circles, triangles, or squares, stare into the summer sun this year with edgy, geometric frames that say you’re future ready.

DiorSoLight1 Sunglasses
Mimicking a mask effect and from Dior’s summer collection, these wide ivory square shaped frames are tone on tone with their lenses sure to add futuristic appeal! $425, dior.com

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Giorgio Armani Round Sunglasses
A versatile frame that works with any face shape, Armani’s state of the art rimless effect shades, with a logo print, give the quintessential round shape cult status. $300, armani.com

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Gucci Rectangular Glasses
Sport this pair of attention grabbing shades, with striking violet blue lenses that provide 100 % UVA/UVB protection set against a contrasting gold metal frame. Temples end in a fork with the brand’s signature interlocked “G”s. $495, gucci.com

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