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Sunglasses are the most important accessory in any style-forward person’s ‘fit – trust and believe. Not only do they shield your retinas from pummeling rays of harmful ultraviolet sunlight (because, you know, blindness is pretty far from #lit), sunnies are a sartorial cherry-topper that tie together an entire outfit, while offering effortless displays of style personality… they also act as a sort of armor, preventing awkward encounters of unsolicited eye contact.

If you’re strictly a seasonal sunglasses wearer, chances are you’re currently on the hunt for a new pair of shades to get you through the sun-kissed months of prolonged daytime ahead.

Not sure where to start? You’re definitely not alone. Sunglass shopping is not an easy task; factors like face shape, price point, quality and style are all imperative when choosing what frames should cover your face, and not everyone gets it right.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi FW17
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To bulk up your inspo folder, let’s take a moment to check out what our stylish friends from the East are currently sporting this spring/summer season. Why this particular region, you ask? Well, for one, fashion’s love affair with Eastern European style is unremitting. Also, it just so happens to be Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi right now – you know, the capital of Georgia (the country) – and believe me, if there’s one thing that Georgians know how to rock, it’s sunglasses.

While they’re slowly gaining traction in more mainstream fashion capitals, futuristic eyewear a la The Matrix has been all the rage in Tbilisi this week, especially among the street style set.

While locals claim that sleek, almond-shaped sunnies have been a vibe in the Georgian capital for a minute now, there’s no doubt that the country’s star designer, Demna Gvasalia, skyrocketed the trend after debuting them on the catwalk in his FW17 women’s collection for Balenciaga.

Matrix vibes literally everywhere #mbfwtbilisi 🕶🇬🇪🔥

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On the runway, local designers such as Datuna (above) and MACH & MACH churned out their fair share of techno-tinged shades as well, so it appears that the popularity of this fad is only going up from here.

No, this specific sunglass style isn’t for everyone as they are quite eccentric, but they do look sick when worn right… which Georgians clearly know how to do.

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Words by Nico Amarca
Fashion Editor, North America
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