Sunglasses – a thing of beauty, a stylish touch, or something we can hide behind when taking photos? I believe it was Karl Lagerfield who described sunglasses along the lines of being like eyeshadow, in the way they make everything look both younger and prettier – and who doesn’t want to look younger and prettier?
Sunglasses were not always the fashion accessory they have become, I kid you not, the Inuit first flattened ivory and cut slits across to reduce UV glare to prevent snow blindness – and apparently helped with hunting since they had to squint!
Fast forward a few hundred years, and we now are more likely to be seductively peering over our shades trying to be sultry and the Paparazzi have probably been one of the biggest catalysts for sunglass sales growth, well them, and maybe the Blues Brothers. Actually, it was in the 1900’s when Hollywood took to wearing shades, not to be stylish, but because the photographers back then nearly blinded them with their bright flashes causing irritation to their eyes.
Aviators took center stage next, for pilots – in World War II, and have built their popularity ever since. So from Jackie O with her large cover all, to Marilyn Monroe and her infamous cat eyes (my personal fav) and onto John Lennon’s famous look – we have taken on all of these styles up to current day. From a bad break up to a heavy night on the town, to a flirty look or maybe just protecting our eyes … sunglasses can be a girl’s best friend – some even come with bling.
And because he is like the King of Style, thought he should be quoted again …
“I had an interview once with some German journalist—some horrible, ugly woman. It was in the early days after the communists—maybe a week after—and she wore a yellow sweater that was kind of see-through. She had huge tits and a huge black bra, and she said to me, ‘It’s impolite; remove your glasses.’ I said, ‘Do I ask you to remove your bra?”
― Karl Lagerfeld