LET YOUR “SHADES” DO THE TALKING: VINTAGE SUNGLASSES EXPRESS
WHO YOU ARE.
FIND YOUR STYLE AT THE MANHATTAN VINTAGE CLOTHING SHOW, April 24 & 25
Sure dude, we know you’re just wearing those shades for the UV rays.
News-Antique.com - Apr 14,2009 - But get real! It’s dark in here and you still have them on. And what’s with those Paris Hilton look-alikes, girlfriend? Is it really that sunny, or do they make you feel as rich and sassy as the petite heiress herself?
There’s no doubt about it. Sunglasses have gone far beyond protection, They’re fashion – a powerful way to say that you’re cool without saying a word. Sunglasses are a fashion happening at the upcoming Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show, April 24 & 25, at the Manhattan Pavilion, Manhattan, where you’ll find all of the great vintage styles that celebrities made famous and then some.
Here are the oh-so-chic classics plus those campy club-scene party glasses that will have the whole room checking out your style. And that’s the point. How you wear these fashion icons says more about who you are then your star sign.
Take the Aviator. This is one of the slickest pair of sunglasses ever designed. First made popular by WWII generals like Dwight Eisenhower (and you know how everyone liked Ike), they re-emerged in the 60s to become the sunglasses with masculine sex appeal, worn by the likes of Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood and the Doors lead singer, Jim Morrison. Peter Fonda made them legendary, cruising the highways with Dennis Hopper in the 60s film classic, Easy Rider. Their popularity never waned, exploding with Michael Jackson and Tom Cruise in the 80s. Wearing these shades signals that you are an ultra-cool lady killer. “Make My Day,” anyone?
Remember the old classic Ray Bans called the Wayfarers? These shades will take you back to the days when Grease was the word and not a musical. The glasses were ade popular in the 50s by blues legend Cab Calloway, Motown great, James Brown, and a whole generation of young alternative writers and intellectuals called beatniks. They enjoyed popularity again in the early 60s when the Beatles donned their RayBans to dodge the hoards of swooning young female fans.
And who could forget Jack Nicholson who made the Wayfarer, along with his furled eyebrow, synonymous with “Sophisticated Hollywood cool.” Wearing these glasses today says that you are “in the know”--cool and collected. Pop star Lady Ga Ga was given a pair by Access Hollywood to add to her giant collection of over a hundred sunglasses. She was more than thrilled.
If you are still saying “Give Peace a Chance,” you are probably still wearing the small round Granny glasses from the 60s. These shades were known for their multi-colored lenses – standard grey, blue, purple, green, yellow, pink, orange and red! This style of sunglass followed the Grateful Dead on tour and was worn by the late, great John Lennon. It is still popular today with hip musicians and city artists. Truly psychedelic and way cool, man!
Next, an alluring style that pops up again and again – the Cat Eye. These were the sunglass of choice for the well-loved 50s screen actress Grace Kelly. Today’s pop sensations Katy