Some of The Most Iconic Movie Sunglasses of All Time—and How to Get the Looks
June 17, 2014
Hope you all love the pics & info! Who doesn’t love a great pair of shades – they do more than protect from the sun… sometimes the hide a mulituted of sins (not that any of us have any). Remember to take care of those peepers our yours! Happy Sunning!
Carrie-Anne Moss in The Matrix
Let’s stop a moment and give thanks for the fact that The Matrix was made well over a decade before Google Glass had invaded our consciousness: In this film’s version of dystopia, at least, you can still look good. As Keanu Reeves’s hacker counterpart, Carrie-Anne Moss was the ultimate sexy cyberpunk in Catwoman-sleek black leather and, of course, concealed behind the ubiquitous narrow dark frames that were armor in the matrix. After the film, Moss said, “I can’t wear sunglasses. As soon as I put them on, people recognize me.”
A Givenchy LBD and an outrageously long cigarette holder are but two of the instruments of reinvention for escaped Southern girl Audrey Hepburn as she window-shops and scales the social ladder in New York City. For the penultimate disguise, just add Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses.
Kenneth Jay Lane rhodium-tone, faux pearl and crystal necklace, $190
Saint Laurent classic 23 sunglasses in matte black acetate with brown lenses, $350
Balenciaga open-back crepe dress, $2,095
Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan
Punk drifter Susan (Madonna) exists in multiple underground worlds, consorting with mobsters, musicians, magicians, clubbers, Aidan Quinn, and Richard Hell—all of whom recognize her by her trademark jacket with its giant embroidered pyramid that is, until it falls into the hands of Roberta (Rosanna Arquette). When you find you’ve lost your signature style—that single piece that truly defines you—perhaps the best way to preserve a sense of self is to go incognito instead in a pair of classic dark shades.
What Goes Around Comes Around vintage Chanel charm necklace, $3,850 shopbop.com
When one is agelessly beautiful Catherine Deneuve playing an agelessly beautiful vampire (alongside David Bowie and Susan Sarandon), only a few sustaining essentials are required: blood, naturally, and a respite from the all-punishing sun, here in the form of perennially stylish silver-trimmed cat-eyes.
Going fugitive, after all, should be a good time. Susan Sarandon’s oversize cat-eyes, and accompanying scarf, are as perfect for eluding the law as they are for joyriding cross-country in your Ford Thunderbird convertible with your best-friend sidekick (Geena Davis).
Laura Mercier lip colour shimmer in coral, $24 sephora.com
Reflect for a moment on the fact that 360,000 people were so moved by the sight of Tom Cruise lip-synching to Bob Seger in his underwear in Risky Business that they went out and bought Wayfarers. Thank God he met his match in Top Gun, and switched to the aviators that complement Kelly McGillis’s aviator pair: Sunglasses diffuse the tension simmering between the two in this hot-for-flight-school-teacher romance.
The wedge sandals, cropped top, curled hair, short shorts, and floppy hat could’ve belonged to any suburban teenager in the mid-seventies, but add the protective factor a pair of giant sunglasses provides, and Jodie Foster’s Iris is ready to walk (yes, ahem, professionally) the grittiest streets of then-very-gritty Manhattan—from which the toughest cabbie of all time, his mirrored Ray-Ban Caravans shielding him from the world, tries to rescue her.
After being staked out by detective John Klute, high-dollar call girl Bree Daniel finds herself on the case as well, surreptitiously helping to solve the mystery of a colleague’s disappearance. How better to go undercover than in Jane Fonda’s superobvious oversize ’70s frames?