Superstar DJ Khaled isn’t new to the hip-hop game. After first finding fame as a DJ on the radio station 99 Jamz in the 1990s, he began a stint providing DJ services for Terror Squad’s live performances. Khaled released his own debut album, Listennn…The Album in 2006 – and the rest is history.
As well as being hip-hop royalty, DJ Khaled also has got a keen eye for style, as evidenced by his launching of the luxury furniture line “We the Best Home” in 2018 and a recent collaboration with high-end brand Dolce and Gabbana, for which the star co-created a range of stunning shades. Given Khaled’s love of sunglasses, this latter venture was a dream come true.
Not known for a taste in budget eyewear, DJ Khaled has been snapped rocking the most luxe sunglasses around over the years. Cartier is a particular favorite, and the star recently shared a selfie on Instagram in which he rocked a pair of the ultra-high-end Cartier CT0009RSs. These rectangular-shaped, rimless shades incorporate the iconic double C motif on the nose bridge with further brand motifs on the temples.
DJ Khaled’s love affair with designer shades has been no short-term fling, either: in 2010, he sported a pair of Louis Vuitton Appearance transparent sunnies in the video for his hit track Fed Up. The shades feature the brand’s logo in gold on the upper part of the frames and temples. Looking for a second-hand pair? Brace yourself: even a pre-owned pair of these sunglasses is likely to set you back $400 or more.
Classic Ray-Ban Wayfarer
One of the star’s go-to shades of choice is the never-out-of-fashion Wayfarers from Ray-Ban. First going on sale in the early 1950s, this style of sunglasses has remained a firm favorite of celebs and the glitterati around the world – helped along by appearances in classic movies such as The Blues Brothers and Top Gun.
One of the beauties of this model is that, as DJ Khaled sunglasses demonstrates, they can be worn to equally great effect with sportswear, jeans and a tee, or a full tux and tails.
Collaboration with Dolce and Gabbana
DJ Khaled doesn’t just own an enviable collection of shades – he co-designs them, too! In a recent collaboration with luxury clothing brand Dolce and Gabbana, the star brought his unique fusion of Mediterranean and Miami styles to create the Special Collection. This range includes a pair of purple-lensed aviator glasses that are both classic and streetwise.
The fun lenses feature graffiti-style images, which also emblazon the temples and frames of these striking shades. And it’s not a case of style over substance, either: crafted in Italy, these sunglasses are ultra-high-quality, offering 100% UV protection and adjustable nose pads so you can get the perfect, most comfortable fit.
Alternatively, opt for the set of shades in the Special Collection that incorporates pink-tinted lenses with light green palm trees. These sunglasses are a mix of the aviator and classic Clubmaster shapes, making them a great choice for those looking for an updated take on vintage frame styles, courtesy of DJ Khaled.
Living Life Loud
DJ Khaled’s style is the perfect reflection of his vibrant, larger-than-life personality. There’s nothing minimalistic about the star’s wardrobe or accessories, from his super oversized sunglasses to multi-patterned silk shirts. The video for I’m On One is a prime example of the star’s aesthetic: at one point, we see him wearing a bridal-looking white tracksuit while looking out onto a cityscape and sipping from a drink that’s so bright green it looks nuclear.
And then there’s the Wild Thoughts video, where Khaled, sporting a full beard, wears a bright floral-printed silk bomber jacket as he grooves to the beat with Rihanna. The star’s style might be loud, but it’s somehow endearing: we sense that there’s a big heart under all those designer layers.
Want to Get DJ Khaled’s Sunglasses Style? Here’s How!
If you’re a big fan of DJ Khaled’s eyewear credentials but don’t quite have a superstar DJ’s budget, you can still channel his look. Keep a close eye out for flash sales in online eyewear stores – particularly at the end of the summer season when there’s a good chance you could bag a bargain on a pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers, for example.
Consider buying second-hand, too – while the highest-end vintage shades may still retail for hundreds of dollars, you may be lucky enough to grab a second-hand pair of Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses for $100 or less.