“I don’t want to do something that’s already out in the marketplace. I feel like there’s enough product in the world.” So says Adam Selman of his latest collaboration with Australian sunglasses brand Le Specs. The range of four styles, in sunset colors with reflective lenses, are truly unlike any other glasses you’ve seen. Inspired by the flat, super-saturated drawings of Patrick Nagel, the range has a stealth, naughty, if not slightly futuristic feeling to it, with sharp lines and a “come hither” appeal. No surprise, then, that the bad gals of 2017 are already wearing the lenses, from Gigi to Bella to Selman’s longtime collaborator, Rihanna.
These one-name wonders were the girls who jumped for Selman’s original collaboration of exaggerated cat-eyes, launched in 2015. “The Hunger was the original cat-eye style and it sold out instantly,” says Selman. “So many girls were like, ‘I want that, I need that, where can I still get it?’ ” The clamoring for the shape encouraged the designer to seek the counsel of his stylish cabal for his second range. “I always have my go-to girls who I love to have try things on and get their opinions. I had the samples and tried them on a bunch of friends, talking to them about how they like their sunglasses, the shapes, and what they don’t like.”
Which isn’t to say Selman’s shades are only for the ladies. “People always ask if I’m going to do a men’s line or if I’m thinking about gender fluidity. To me, I think boys look great in dresses, boys look great in skirts, and boys look great in these glasses,” he says matter-of-factly. “In particular, I think the Flex, the more squared-off style, is more unisex.” That style draws its name from “Wesley Snipes in Blade meets Mad Cobra,” Selman notes. “Those are two men that inspired the look. The hard graphics lines on the face are just a perfect thing, I think.”