Seems like Bradgelina is over, although we thought it would be a perfect time to see how Brad Pitt’s sunglass style has changed over the years. In the 90’s Pitt was known to rock the small sport style sunglasses (like the ones he wore in Fight Club). This was definitely keeping with the trends, as these minimalist style sunglasses were all the rage in the 90’s. However, his more recent films and red carpet appearances have shown him to wear more aviator style glasses. Whether it is Ray-Ban 3025’s or Gucci 2281/s, he seems pretty dedicated to that style of frame and the teardrop lens shape. Then again, aviators have had a serious resurgence in popularity the last 10 years, so it makes sense that he is sticking with the trends. My guess would be that in another 6 years he’ll have a different go-to style, and I'm sure it will be very fashionable as well.
One of the summers big hits, the action/comedy movie “War Dogs”, depicts the true story of Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz as they get a multi-million-dollar government contract to sell arms overseas. Diveroli is portrayed by comedian Jonah Hill, while Miles Teller plays Packouz and it is shaping up to be a hit with a cast like that. While I have yet to see the movie, I immediately took an interest in the sunglasses that Hill wears in the trailer/ poster of the film.
At first glance they are clearly aviators, with their unmistakable teardrop lens. I originally thought that they were Carrera Speedway’s, as they have the thick frame aviator look that is reminiscent of 1980’s sunglass style (think Scarface sunglasses). However, looking into it a little bit more it became clear they were Gucci’s by the telltale G on the side of the arms.
They appear to be the Gucci 1018/S model with the Havana color frame. Gucci has been modernizing the aviator design with several models like 1627/S (Kayne West’s partial to these) and the 1076/N/S. They are made for the most part of high quality plastics to cut down weight and are highly sought after by celebrities looking to be a part of the Gucci Designer culture.
Gucci seemed to have done something right putting these glasses in the movie, as sales for the 1018/S model have increased since its release. It’s pretty amazing how easily a movie can have an impact with sales of products if its done correctly. As of right now these glasses are on Backorder until September 20th, so if you want a little bit of international arms dealer style you’re going to have to wait!
Though he’s better known for his world renowned music and his celebrity wife (Kim Kardashian West), recent years in the industry have helped to propel Kanye West into his role as a fashion icon. Whether it’s crazy printed tops (like his “In Memory of Taylor Swift” t-shirt) or his own fashion line, the things worn by Mr. West are certainly noted by many. Speaking of being noted, Kanye shines as bright as his smile in his Gucci sunglasses. These Gucci GG1627/S sunglasses have been spotted on West before, so you know they’ve got to be one of his favorites. Stylish and bold, these sunglasses are a great choice if you want to make a fashion forward statement. They can be your favorite too, by purchasing them here – Kanye would be proud.
By: Alexa Ojeda
Aviators have had a big comeback the last 5 years, especially with celebrities. Selena Gomez is often spotted wearing Ray-Bans, so it comes to no surprise that she is pictured here wearing these classic 3025 aviators. This particular pair is a little different than the originals because it has polarized lenses. These make great beach glasses because the polarized lenses help protect the eyes against the direct sun and the UV rays. Selena probably realizes that the polarization is worth the extra money because of the added protection and visibility it offers! If you want to check out a pair of these for yourself click here.
Queen of music and global phenomenon Beyoncé Knowles is no stranger to Ray Ban sunglasses. From classic Wayfarers to blue lens Aviators, Beyoncé rocks the runway each day as much as she tops the charts. So which Ray Ban style is she slaying these days? Queen B was seen last month wearing none other than the RB3447 (pictured left). Even when she’s getting snapped by the paparazzi, Beyoncé is still flawless. In the words of the legend herself, “I’m a star, ‘cause I slay…all day”. You can match Beyoncé and purchase these glasses for yourself here.
By: Alexa Ojeda
It turns out even Pokémon love wearing sunglasses! We decided it would be fun to check out the real life counterparts of the sunglasses that some Pokémon like to wear.
These Persol’s were the closest thing we can find to this water type’s choice in eye wear. We have to admit they don’t look half bad on her!
These sunglasses definitely have more attitude than a lot of other pairs. It’s no wonder why Krokorok decided to pick himself up a pair.
There is no coincidence that the world’s most popular Pokémon wears one of the best-selling sunglasses of all time. Pikachu must have watched Risky Business one too many times!
I have to admit these Kate Spades are a near perfect match to these Pancham’s sunglasses. Maybe she decided to buy them from EyeCare Universe!
Squirtle is probably the best known sunglass wearing Pokémon due to the popularity of the famous “Squirtle Squad.” Somehow it seems like these Pokémon were always meant to rock a pair of shades.
By Peter Cusumano
Ray-Ban Wayfarers have been a staple with American fashion trends since the 50’s. Their design is considered today to be timeless, capturing what was good about the days past, while still remaining youthful and energetic. Today there are a seemingly endless amount of variations, colors, and lens types available that people can choose from, and that only helps to further its popularity across gender and income lines.
The year is 1952, and Ray-Ban had just released its newest frame design for their sunglass line, called the “Wayfarer.” They were designed by Raymond Stegeman for use by Bausch and Lomb (former owners of Ray-Ban). These sunglasses were revolutionary for the time, featuring a plastic frame that went against it companies traditional frame styles. Up until then, all sunglass frames were made of metal, like their popular aviator frame. Bausch and Lomb were able to develop a new molding technique for plastics which helped make these frames stronger than other types of plastic of that era. This combined with a new lens, which had an attractive mirror coating that also helped block out UV rays, meant these glasses had the whole package. This UV protection was provided through a patented process of superheating metal oxides in order to molecularly fuse them to the lenses. This ensures that the process is applied uniformly so viewing isn’t affected.
The popularity of these sunglasses spread fast, with movie stars and athletes seen wearing theses shades. Muhammad Ali, Ray Charles, James Dean, and Marilyn Monroe were among the early adopters. Even the president of the United States, JFK, was known to wear these glasses! Looking at the design of the glasses in relation to the time period, it’s no wonder why these glasses were popular. The fins on the glasses resemble fins on the popular cars of the day, such as Cadillac.
These glasses remained a very popular piece all the way up until the 70’s where their numbers started to dip. The plastic frames became very unpopular at that time because the round metal glasses that John Lennon wore became the must haves for that decade. By the end of the 70’s the sales for the frame had plummeted to the point of the line almost needing to be discontinued.
This was somewhat remedied in 1980 where the Blues Brothers famously wore these on the big screen, which began to rekindle public interest. Ray-Ban recognized the affect this movie had on sales and then in 1982 they signed a product placement deal to have their products featured in movies and TV shows. The following year, 1983, had the release of the film that would undoubtedly save the Wayfarer line, “Risky Business.”
One of Tom Cruise’s breakout films, “Risky Business” is about a teenager who get involved in some troubling affairs involving an escort and his dad’s Porsche. The film is considered a classic 80’s coming of age film, and was very popular with young adults. The Wayfarer sunglasses are prominently featured in the film, even appearing on the poster for the film itself. After the film was released, Ray-Ban sold an estimated 360,000 pairs of wayfarer by the end of that year. This led to Wayfarers popping up all over TV and other movies, and by 1986 1.5 million have been sold. Ray-Ban aviators also received a huge bump in sales thanks to product placement in movies like “Top Gun” and “Cobra.”
The 90’s saw yet another decline in sales for the Wayfarer line, and the Ray-Ban brand in general. They released the New Wayfarer model, which is a smaller version of the original that also isn’t tilted. This however wasn’t enough to save the company, and in 1999 Bausch and Lomb sold Ray-Ban to Luxottica.
Since then the Wayfarer line has regained some of its popularity, and Ray-Ban now offers them in a seemingly endless amounts of colors and unique designs. They are popular with celebrities like Robert Patterson and Reese Witherspoon, who are regularly spotted wearing these old school designs. Clearly there is something about this style that resonates with people from all different generations.
If you're interested in purchasing a pair of these glasses check them out here.
By Peter Cusumano
George Clooney is a HUGE Persol fan. He can be seen wearing various different models, whether it be on the big screen or just walking around town. He wore the now discontinued Persol 2137 in “Oceans Thirteen,” and the 2883 model (also discontinued) in “The American.” Most recently, he’s been spotted wearing 3074S model by Persol. These glasses are very stylish, and have a very classy timeless look to them. Persol in general is certainly a classier brand overall, and that is most likely what keeps this Hollywood A-Lister coming back for more. You can purchase these glasses yourself here.
By Peter Cusumano
By Peter Cusumano
There are some photographs that transcend an entire decade or even a generation of people. Occasionally, sunglasses are featured in these momentous photographs. This is a list of the top 5 images throughout American history that prominently feature sunglasses.
- Elvis Presley wearing his 70’s style Aviators
This photo is very indicative of Elvis in the 70’s. While he enjoyed success with songs like “Burning Love” (1972), his health was declining with his drug use. This eventually led to the loss of a true American Icon in 1977. This picture depicts him wearing his flashy (albeit, cheesy by todays standards) aviators that were big in the 70s, and looking a little more worn out then the Elvis the public knew and loved for decades.
- JFK Wearing His Ray-Ban Wayfarers.
Easily one of the most famous photos of the 35th president, and one of the reasons that he is widely considered to be one of our “coolest presidents.” This photo perfectly depicts what the people saw him as, youthful, classy, and stylish. The younger generation today idolize him for these traits, as you are sure to find this picture hanging in dorm rooms around the country. He was one of the first presidents to be known for wearing his sunglasses, and certainly won’t be the last.
- General Douglas McArthur Wearing His Ray Ban Aviators
This photograph was the first real exposure the general public had to the Aviator frame by Ray-Ban. This famous photograph shows a satisfied General Douglas MacArthur enjoying his recent victory during the Second World War. Up until the end of the war, the Ray-Ban aviators were primarily used by the military, as it was designed for pilots. This photo showed the public that these glasses simply must be cool if General MacArthur was wearing them!
- John Lennon Wearing His Round Frame Sunglasses.
One of the more well-known pictures of the famous Beatle, this shows him wearing his beloved round sunglasses. These round glasses became a big hit in the 60’s and 70’s, especially with the hippie crowd. They owe their success largely to John Lennon who actually specifically designed the glasses that he was always pictured wearing. This photo pictures him with his classic no nonsense, rather judgmental, facial expression underneath his favorite pair of sunglasses.
- Audrey Hepburn in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’
This has to take the number one spot, as it is easily the most recognizable photograph of one of the most beautiful women of the 20th century. It is the image most people conjure up when they hear the name Audrey Hepburn. This was taken from the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” and can be recognized by nearly everyone. It is for those reasons that this is the most iconic sunglass photo ever taken.
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