The petite pop star is renowned as a style icon, having worn some of the most memorable stage outfits in history. So much so, that London’s Victoria and Albert Museum dedicated an entire exhibition to her style in 2007.
Kylie is at the helm of her famous stage wardrobe, working closely with famous designers from Jean Paul Gaultier to Dolce & Gabbana. And now Kylie has put all that fashion experience towards designing her first eyewear collection for Specsavers.
‘I’ve absolutely loved designing this collection. Glasses are a big part of my life; day in, day out.’Kylie 12
‘I’m very proud’, she enthuses. ‘I’ve absolutely loved designing this collection. Glasses are a big part of my life; day in, day out. So it’s been enormous fun to actually stop and think: What do I wear? What are my favourite styles? When do I wear them and how do I wear them? I really tried to inject my personality into the collection, and for me that means functional-daytime-but-still-fabulous glasses, which can transition to a dinner date or an evening show.’
It was this idea of designing glasses for every occasion that grew the collection into an extensive range of 25 glasses and five sunglasses, each marked with the distinctive gold Kylie ‘K’ tag.
‘I will probably always have a bit of sparkle in my life. Thank goodness I have a job where I can indulge myself in that a lot!’Kylie 9
‘It’s amazing how the inspiration was all already there. Once I went through my drawers and cupboards and realised: I’ve had these glasses for 20 years and held on to them because I love them, these are brand new, these I found at a market, these I picked up at the airport… I’ve had a lot of glasses!' she laughs.
'So to find out what the essence of my personal collection was and interpret that through a new collection for Specsavers, it’s really been pretty easy. I’m really excited and I hope that people love what we’ve done.’
Again, keeping true to her own eclectic style, the collection is built upon three key themes: modern classics, subtle bling and reinvented vintage.
‘I am a Gemini and so I change my mind all the time. I like to shape shift into different characters and different styles, so luckily I have been able to design quite a large collection to cover all those bases.
’That's why the Specsavers two pairs for £99 works so well for me. Style for me is twofold – there's the show version, which is usually quite over the top, and then my real-life style is more classic.
‘I like to shape shift into different characters and different styles, so luckily I have been able to design quite a large collection.’Kylie SUN RX 05
‘Modern classics is just as it sounds – if it ain't broke don't fix it! There are certain styles that always work for most people, so we took those styles and put my twist on them to deliver them freshly baked, especially for you!
‘Subtle bling is another part of the collection – I think I will probably always have a bit of sparkle in my life somewhere – thank goodness I have a job where I can indulge myself in that a lot! I thought it was important to have that within the collection, but keep it subtle and keep it wearable, so that it’s not overpowering you.
‘Reinvented vintage is something close to my heart because I have loved vintage since I was a kid. I think if you’re ever stuck, the golden era of Hollywood is a good place to go back to for reference points, because it was beautiful and classic and things were well made.
‘And then, of course, add your own style. It’s always important to inject some of your personality into what you are wearing. Clothing is clothing – it depends on how you wear it!’
The Kylie Minogue Eyewear collection is available in Specsavers stores now.