Fashion

Light up next season with Balenciaga's LED sunglasses

Balenciaga have once more incorporated tech into their latest collection, this time lighting up sunglasses with Nineties-inspired LED lights

Remember those light up trainers you used to have as a kid? The pair that, if you were lucky enough to own them, would make you the king of the playground? Well, after bringing them back into fashion earlier this year with the launch of their Track LED trainers – which saw the heel of the shoe light up with flashing colours – Balenciaga illuminated another accessory on the Spring/Summer 2020 runway yesterday: sunglasses.

Inspired by the aforementioned light up footwear of your youth, the sunglasses are sleek, black, thick-rimmed and bold enough to make a statement on their own, but it's the light up Balenciaga logo on the arms that make these a must-have next season.

Wearers can choose whether the light remains static, blinks or fades from one colour into another, with blue, red, green, purple, yellow and white all available as options. The best part? With a USB cable port, they're just as easy to charge as your iPhone and, despite the additional technology involved, they're not bulky at all. What a time to be alive.

These sunglasses will have a big sartorial impact wherever you choose to wear them next season, but they'll look especially cool at parties, raves and festivals – basically anywhere that the lights are turned down low, leaving Balenciaga's sunglasses to take the spotlight. Wearing sunglasses indoors or at night might seem a bit extra, but let's face it, if you have LEDs in your frames, you're not there to blend in with the crowd. Plug in and be the king of the playground once more.

Available from April 2020.

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