Smoke x Mirrors: Kelly Rowland Debuts a New Collab (It's Not the One You're Expecting)

Kelly Rowland attends the City of Hope Spirit of Life Gala 2018 at Barker Hangar on Oct. 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.
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After weeks of teasing a possible duet with BFF and fellow former Destiny’s Child member Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland has indeed dropped a new collaboration ... and it’s all smoke and mirrors.

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No, for real. It’s a collaboration with eyewear brand Smoke x Mirrors. The singer has released a 10-piece, four-frame limited capsule collection, available exclusively at Barneys New York.

Playing on the label’s industrial aesthetic, combined with Rowland’s more glamorous one, each of the collection’s four frames (named “Pony C-IV”) riffs on the classic aviator silhouette, taking the shape into oversized and shield-like proportions. Think Kool Moe Dee. They combine rock and roll details like riveting and paparazzi-proof mirrored lenses with more delicate metal frames.

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The shades, crafted in Japan, feature full front nylon lenses and stainless steel frames in a variety of tints and metal finishes. But a date with with Destiny doesn’t come cheap; each of the Smoke + Mirrors x Kelly Rowland frames retails for $345.

Oh, you’re still wondering about that other collab? I wouldn’t hold my breath. The shade of it all!

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Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door. Minneapolis born, Chicago bred, New York built. Nuance is her superpower.