SHADES OF VERDI: Celebrity stylist Robert Verdi is launching his collection of shades to be sold exclusively on HSN from Feb. 22 to 23. Often seen with a pair of sunglasses perched atop his head, Verdi told WWD that he originally approached HSN about carrying his collection, which retails for between $25 and $30. “When it comes to sunglasses, there’s no more an experienced person than me,” he said. “I see how sunglasses can really cap an outfit and make a statement. Women really have to have a pair for every outfit.”

The jewel-toned collection mixes silhouettes from the Seventies with looks from other inspirational decades like the Eighties and Forties. “Sunglasses have become my trademark,” Verdi noted. “They’ve become an obsession for me. It was great for me to have this collection as an outlet because I could turn all my knowledge into a product line.”

This story first appeared in the February 6, 2012 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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