Did You Know These 4 Celebrities Have Their Own Eyewear Brands?

One of the greatest guitar players of all time. An Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actress from Colombia. A record producer, music manager and reality show judge. A French actress who anchored one of the most successful perfume promotions ever.

Aside from being famous, these stars all have one thing in common:

They all have their own exclusive lines of stunning eyewear.

Best of all, their designs (plus over 100 other designers) are currently 40% off at FramesDirect.com. Save big on frames and take 50% off prescription lenses for a limited time.

Carlos Santana

In addition to 10 Grammys and 3 Latin Grammys, Rolling Stone listed Carlos Santana as #20 in the list of greatest guitarists of all time. He also pioneered his own line of eyewear. In fact, the Smooth guitar superstar has two lines: Carlos by Carlos Santana and Santana by Carlos Santana.

Find Carlos Santana eyewear here.

Sofia Vergara

Best known for playing the fiery Gloria on TV’s  Modern Family, Sofia Vergara has also become a modern fashion icon in her own right. Her line of eyewear is a fun combination of sophistication and creativity.

Start shopping for Sofia Vergara glasses.

Catherine Deneuve

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Catherine Deneuve is one of the most acclaimed French actresses of all time. As the face of the Chanel No. 5 campaign in the 70s, she helped sell a million bottles of perfume. She brings class, beauty, mystery, sophistication, and grace to both the big screen and her immaculate collection of eyewear.

Check out Catherine Deneuve eyeglasses here.

Randy Jackson

While most people recognize him from American Idol, Randy Jackson first gained notoriety as a record producer and music manager. He’s since broken through to the fashion world with his line of eyewear. His frames are modern, savvy, tasteful, fashionable, and wearable.

See how Randy Jackson eyewear would look on you.

And while they may not be celebrities, many are surprised to learn that NASCAR, Pez and Polaroid all have their own brands of eyeglasses as well – and they’re all stunning!

Don’t forget: frames from all of these lines mentioned here are currently 40% off at FramesDirect.com, and prescription lenses are 50% off! 

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When Did Aviator Sunglasses Become So Popular?

Aviator sunglasses may be fashionable, statement-making eyewear in 2017, but this popular shape has been on the scene since 1936. The teardrop-shaped sunglasses were originally developed for use by US Air Force pilots. Since then, they have made countless appearances in movies, in celebrity wardrobes, and on the runway. The classic ‘pilot-style’ aviator frames seem to land on the ‘top trends’ lists more often than not. When did aviator sunglasses become so popular?

Aviator Sunglasses in History

Bausch & Lomb developed the original aviator-style sunglasses as an alternative to flight goggles that couldn’t perform as the job required. Flight capabilities were advancing rapidly while the pilots’ gear stalled. The sunglasses Bausch & Lomb created wouldn’t fog up like goggles, offered a comfortable, more stylish fit, and the large shape and dark or mirrored lenses blocked more light to better protect pilots’ eyes. Originally called ‘Anti-Glares,’ they were branded ‘Ray-Ban’ upon their release since they sought to ‘ban’ the harsh ‘rays’ from the sun.

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Ray-Ban aviators became standard military issue during World War II and became famous after photos surfaced showing General Douglas MacArthur wearing his.

The image became the go-to ‘wartime’ look in Hollywood. After the war, the military style became popular among both private and commercial pilots, police officers, and sportsmen due to their utility and performance.

The thin, wire-framed sunglasses evolved through the years as makers began to put their own spin on the style. Randolph Engineering took over the military contract in the 1980s, and countless designer brands began to release their own aviators. Thick plastic frames and shield-style aviators began to appear, as did tinted lenses and various frame finishes. The 1970s brought feminine styling to the rugged military look using softer colors and rhinestones. This fresh approach gave the large, tough frames a unisex appeal.

Aviator Sunglasses in Pop Culture

The aviator style’s rose in popularity as it appeared in more and more films throughout the decades. Beginning in the 1950s, Ray-Ban paid to place aviator sunglasses in movies and the trend stuck. Military and police films drove the popularity of the style, while celebrities favored the look on stage and in public. Elvis wore a flashy version of the oversized frames in the 70s, and Michael Jackson rocketed thick shield aviators into popularity during the 80s.

Robert De Niro donned an updated square version of aviators in Taxi Driver, which gave the style a boost. Sales leapt a shocking 40% after Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer wore aviator sunglasses in  Top Gun.

Hollywood continued to feature aviators on screen year after year. Cobra intimidated in a pair of outdoorsman aviators, Johnny Depp’s Raoul Duke showed off Ray-Ban shooter aviators in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Bradley Cooper’s character counted on classic Ray-Ban aviators to shield his eyes from the brutal daylight in The Hangover.

This iconic style seems to be in the middle of yet another resurgence of popularity. Maui Jim, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, and Gucci are among the countless designer labels that have released their own aviator sunglasses. It’s a chic, high-fashion staple on both the runway and red carpet, yet retains its rugged, tough image. While Tom Cruise wears a pair of Randolph Engineering aviators in the recent crime film American Made, fashionistas and frenzied dressers grab their aviator sunnies before heading out on the town. After 80 years , the style’s popularity shows no sign of slowing down. With a decades-long run, maybe the question should be, were aviator sunglasses ever not popular?

Dolce & Gabbana: Who Are They?

The design powerhouse Dolce & Gabbana has become a dominating presence in the world of Italian fashion design since the duo got its start in the 1980s. After overcoming a few difficulties in the brand’s history, Dolce & Gabbana has become one of the best selling luxury brands in the world thanks to its bold, versatile designs inspired by vintage Italian films and the designers’ own Mediterranean roots. While the D&G logo is one of the most recognizable in luxury fashion and beyond, who are the men behind the Dolce & Gabbana label?

Two Fashion Designers Walk Into a Bar…

Domenico Dolce was born in September, 1958, in Polizzi Generosa, Sicily. He was born into the world of fashion. From a young age, he worked at his family’s clothing business where his father was a tailor. Dolce found fashion to be his ideal form of expression and always yearned to break into the industry; his goal was to work for Giorgio Armani. Dolce dropped out of fashion design school—he claimed he already knew everything he needed to know. He began his work as an assistant designer for Giorgio Correggiari’s fashion house in Milan.

While Domenico Dolce was sure of his future in fashion design, Stefano Gabbana started his career elsewhere. He was born in November, 1962 in Milan, where his father worked for a printing factory. Gabbana graduated from a graphic design institute with the intention of working in advertising. However, he soon became disenchanted and left his job. Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce met in a bar in 1980 and, at Dolce’s urging, Gabbana went to work for Giorgio Correggiari as well.

The First Collection: ‘Real Women’

After two years working for Correggiari they opened their own designer consulting studio, then later founded their own fashion house. Their runway debut came in 1985 at a show for new designers at Milan Fashion Week. Using friends and family as models in their first show began a tradition that Dolce and Gabbana continue today. Non-models frequently strut the runway at D&G shows. They named their first collection ‘Real Women,’ a nod to their casting choices.

Disappointing sales from their first collection nearly derailed their success, but serendipitous events led to the release of a second collection. They opened their first storefront in 1986 and produced a bold and versatile third collection. It was their fourth collection that really garnered attention; vintage 1940s and retro Italian cinema influenced the pair, who continued their rise to the top.

Leotards, Fragrances, Motorola, and Madonna

Additional lines dropped at a swift pace; a leotard line and ready-to-wear collection came in 1988, followed by beachwear and lingerie in 1989, then menswear in 1990. In 1994, the D&G label debuted at a lower price point with styles intended for younger crowds. Their first boutique opened in Japan in 1989. In the subsequent years they released many collections: home décor, a bridal line, D&G Junior clothing for children, timepieces, fragrances, jewelry, cosmetics, and more. The label also partnered with various brands for everything from a Motorola cell phone and sports uniforms to interior design projects.

Their success escalated when Madonna appeared in a Dolce & Gabbana corset and jacket combo. She later reached out to the couple to design 1,500 costumes for her 1993 tour. They’ve since designed costumes for movies, stage and music videos. In addition to dressing celebrities such as Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, and Angelina Jolie, Dolce and Gabbana have appeared in several films.

D&G: Bold, Exciting Luxury

Dolce & Gabbana first explored the idea of signature eyewear in 1996 and launched its eyewear collection in 1998. The designers also co-created an eyewear collection with Madonna in 2010 under the label MDG. Dolce & Gabbana continues to impress with its bold, expressive, and artistic sunglasses and eyeglasses designs. Dolce & Gabbana eyeglasses provide the same showstopping and exciting luxury found in its apparel and accessories collections.

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While most of Dolce & Gabbana’s fashion lines continue today, a few have phased out, and additional labels all merged under the Dolce & Gabbana label in 2011. They are known for their versatile and edgy styles. The ways they explore and unite a range of themes—minimalist, showy, ultra-feminine meets masculine, bourgeois, or sports-inspired—keeps the world of luxury fashion on its toes. Now a symbol of sophisticated Italian style throughout the world, the men behind the Dolce & Gabbana label continue to stay true to their identity and vision while dressing the world in their extravagant, playful, yet timeless styles.

The Story Behind the Wayfarer: Ray-Ban’s Most Rebellious Frames

The Ray-Ban Wayfarer is one of the most iconic pieces of eyewear of all time. You may not know the name, but you know the look.

Since 1937, Ray-Ban has been a leading manufacturer of premium American eyewear. One of their earlier designs – The Aviator – put them on the map. Aviators were designed specifically for pilots who had trouble seeing focusing their eyes due to the ultra bright blue and white hues of the sky. The design took off.

Then in 1952, Ray-Ban had its second big hit with the Wayfarers. The inspiration came from two unexpected sources: the Eames lounge chair and tailfins from the classic Cadillac design.

An odd mix, sure, but the result is a stunning piece of American fashion that’s endured for decades.

At a time when most glasses were metal, these were made of plastic, and the temples had a distinctive flared angle. Designs like this may seem standard to our eyes today, but half a century ago, these were revolutionary.

‘Unstable Dangerousness’

As 1970s fashion critic Stephen Bayley puts it, the Wayfarers “spoke a non-verbal language that hinted at unstable dangerousness.”

When movie star bad boy James Dean was seen wearing Wayfarers, it cemented the frames as a symbol of rebellion.

Other stars followed soon suit.Audrey Hepburn could be seen sporting the specs, followed by Cary Grant, Kim Novak, and Marilyn Monroe. It wasn’t just actors: artists and musicians like John Lennon, Andy Warhol, and Bob Dylan all embraced the defiant, radical spirit of the Wayfarers.

Of course, seeing every major icon of the ‘50s and ‘60s sporting these had a tremendous impact on sales. Unfortunately, it didn’t last. It wasn’t until the 1980s when then Wayfarers came thundering back into the public eye.

 

The 80s Resurgence

Ray-Ban made a product placement deal in 1981 that put Wayfarers onscreen over 60 times in movies and TV shows. After Tom Cruise paired Wayfarers with tighty whities in Risky Business, sales skyrocketed. Viewers saw them on Don Johnson in Miami Vice, on Bruce Willis in Moonlighting, and on Tom Cruise again in Top Gun.

Almost every major musician of the ‘80s wore them at concerts: Michael Jackson, Madonna, U2, Billy Joel, Queen… the list goes on!

And they’re still going strong. James Franco, who once played James Dean in a TV movie early in his career, can be seen wearing the specs some 50 years after Dean rebelled without a cause. Celebs like Johnny Depp, Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johanson, Bruno Mars, Joe Jonas and Robert Pattinson avoid the paparazzi in the distinctive Wayfarer frames.

Are You a Wayfarer?

Ray-Ban Wayfarers have unquestionably survived the test of time, remaining a top seller a half decade after their premier.

Wayfarers look stunning on oval-shaped or round faces, and the design is perfect for males and females.

 

This is the perfect time to get your your own pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarer eyeglasses and save big at FramesDirect.com. Click here to get some of your own.

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Golden Globes 2017 Eyewear Edition: Glasses of the Stars

The stars came out in droves for the 2017 Golden Globes awards ceremony last night. All eyes were on the red carpet, checking which celebrities brought their A-game. While La La Land was the clear winner, the film Moonlight and the television show Atlanta were on everyone’s lips as they collected the accolades. The audience was also filled with excitement when Brad Pitt took the stage to present.

But the big moment of the night went to Meryl Streep, the recipient of this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award. Streep is regarded as one of the finest actresses in the film industry. She used her platform of recognition last night to address political concerns and issue a call-to-action for artists and journalists. Always the epitome of class, Streep looked regal in a black gown with bejeweled applique and, of course, a pair of glasses.

Lulu Guinness L750 Eyeglasses

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If you’re in the market for a coppery, semi-rimless, cat-eye frame like Meryl’s we’ve come up with a few options that fit the bill. The Lulu Guinness L750 eyeglasses are comparable. And this Vera Wang pair (Caitlin) are also similar. But you can take this look to the next level, with Lafont Indigo frames, a true style statement.

Billy Bob Thorton accepted the trophy for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Drama) for his performance in the Amazon Original Series Goliath wearing sunglasses that look a lot like the Ray-Ban Clubround.

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And Steve Carell, along with Kristen Wiig, introduced the films nominated for best animated feature film. While handing out the award to Zootopia, Carell wore some interesting two-tone acetate frames that gave his look a retro twist. You too can be quirky-cool like Steve in these Shuron Sidewinder eyeglasses. Choose the “Black Fade” option or the popular “Crystal” clear version to take part in this throwback trend.

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Award Recap: Golden Globe Style

When Maura Tierney accepted her Best Supporting Actress award at the Golden Globes, we were thrilled. She was the standout female celebrity that left on our favorite accessory during her acceptance speech. Glasses, of course.

Revo Teams up with Bono to “Give Sight”

In July of 2015, Bono, lead singer of the band U2, and Revo teamed up to bring basic eye care to those who cannot afford it. Bono, himself, was diagnosed with glaucoma 20 years ago and expressed his concern that others could be suffering with the disease with no sign of relief.

Sunglasses Celebrities Currently Love

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Celebrities are updating their sunwear, and we have the sunglasses scoop.

First off, a Ray-Ban love fest. Jennifer Lawrence has been spotted in the classic large aviator and Beyonce in the Clubmaster in brushed bronze. And with young actresses like Dianna Agron wearing the popular round, mirrored sunnies” we’re sure this flashy lens trend will become a summer staple.

Outside the realm of Ray-Ban has been actresses like Jamie King, taking style risks with Prada’s Voice sunglasses in green with blue gems. We love it paired with her classic white dress. Lastly, Reese Witherspoon recently opted for a neutral option with Tory Burch Panama shades in khaki-praline.

These ladies are always inspiring our eye style, and we can’t wait to see which sunglasses they put on next.

Stay tuned!

Also see: Mirrored Sunglasses.

Wiley X in American Sniper

Wiley X sunglasses are engineered for ultimate eye protection. They are the leading provider of protective sunglasses and ballistic eyewear products for the U.S. Military, outdoor sports participants, and for the safety and shooting enthusiasts. Wiley X sunglasses are also the go-to choice for service members who require sunglasses that can provide both unsurpassed protection and all-day comfort.

 

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Recently, Wiley X Saint sunglasses were seen on Bradley Cooper in the movie American Sniper. The movie is a biographical war drama directed by Clint Eastwood. It is based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. Get this look here.

 

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Glasses at the Golden Globes

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The Golden Globes may be over, but let’s not forget about the eyewear that stole the show. We’ve collected four looks of the nights most talked about accessory. First up, Lupita Nyong’o’s chic glasses that earned themselves their very own Twitter account. She selected a classic black frame with a touch of gold on the temples. We picked these Gucci frames because they are a close match to Lupita’s beautiful style. Second is Benedict Cumberbatch in the Persol frames above. It seems the actor enjoys wearing a frame that is not only handmade in Italy, but is timeless in style. We think Sherlock would totally approve.

Next is everyone’s favorite Office boss, Steve Carell. Nominated for his role in the “Foxcatcher”, he arrived at the Golden Globes in a beautiful square frame with a striped tortoise detail. The Ray-Ban frames above are eerily similar to the frames we saw walk the red carpet on Sunday. Lastly, we have the incredible Meryl Streep. An avid fan of eyewear, we were not surprised to see her flawlessly sport a wearable metal frame. The Ted Baker frame above is a similar look to the eyewear worn by one of Hollywood’s most beloved actresses. Looking for more eyewear to elevate your look? Shop more here!