The matte-finish of these Mercura NYC daisy-framed sunglasses reminds me of the hardened sugar found on a 9-year old girl’s birthday cake. Nonetheless, the detail of the pattern with the variation in size of the flowers keeps these frames looking quirky and chic rather than juvenile. They recall the garden on the cover of The Beatles’ Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band and the flower power mantra of the anti-war 60s.
Mercura is a favorite of Tyra Banks and Elton John. Of course, the spectacular spectacles are most famously worn by Lady Gaga in numerous videos, which have become a signature look of the pop icon. However, don’t be fooled; the designers Rachel & Merrilee have long been established. They’ve been collaborating in their Chelsea studio (which they still keep in addition to their loft in Flatiron) since the mid-70s, making their ability to stay current particularly impressive.