Emmys Inspired Eyewear


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The Emmys may be a big night for TV, but it’s also a big night for fashion. We watched (and live tweeted) to seek out any must-have eyewear trends from the red carpet. Shop the Emmys inspired eyewear above, and get these A-list looks straight from the red carpet!

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Sunglasses in the Movies

Fashion and film go hand in hand, so it’s no surprise that sunglasses trends of today are largely due to the appearance of sunglasses in the movies. Many sunglasses were made popular by the stylish actors and actresses that adorned them in blockbusters, and if the film was popular, so were the shades. Here’s a list of some of the shades that have been made famous by the silver screen.

Ray-Ban Wayfarers

Ray-Ban Wayfarers
These timeless shades have been popularized in film time and time again throughout the decades. They were first noticed in 1955 on James Dean in his classic film, Rebel Without a Cause. Sean Connery continued their popularity in the 1960s via James Bond in From Russia With Love and Thunderball, as did Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Tom Cruise brought them back in 1983 with his first blockbuster Risky Business.


Ray-Ban Aviators Sunglasses
Though they were invented in the 1930s, Aviators didn’t get a boost from Hollywood until 1983, when Tom Cruise wore them in the 80s machismo flick Top Gun. As styles transformed over the years, so did the Aviators. Johnny Depp adorned orange lens shades in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Carrie-Anne Moss had a black pair in The Matrix. Also making an impact in Police films, Aviators are the standard sunglass eyewear for most cop characters in film. The Aviator style is no longer a Ray-Ban monopoly – many other brands like Oakley, Maui Jim and Serengeti now carry the famous sunglasses in different styles and designs.


Persol PO2424S Sunglasses
While most actors were wearing Ray-Bans, Steve McQueen went against the grain when he wore the folding Persol 714 sunglasses in The Thomas Crown Affair, and The Getaway. These blue-tinted shades became so popular that one of McQueen’s personal pairs was auctioned off for $70,200 in 2006. Daniel Craig of the James Bond flick Casino Royale also wore Persol shades while he was speeding down the streets of Monte Negro.


These round-frame sunglasses were first made famous by John Lennon of the Beatles, but their popularity continued in Hollywood by several actors and actresses, including Woody Harrelson in Natural Born Killers, and Collin Chou in The Matrix Revolutions.


Arnold Schwarzenegger made himself a Gargoyle icon we he wore the classic 80s shades in the first Terminator. Though Arnold moved on to a pair of Persols in the sequel, anyone who sees a pair of Gargoyles’ ANSI Classics is reminded of the flesh covered, futuristic robot.


For a movie in which almost every character wears shades, The Matrix producers decided to go for a relatively unknown sunglasses company called Blinde. Each actor for the movie has a pair of sunglasses personally designed and hand manufactured for their character.

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Top 10 Character Defining Glasses on TV

Find a pair of glasses to define your character. I’m not talking about your personality. I’m talking about seeing through the eyes of a television character.

Check out our top 10 TV characters whose lives you could step into with a simple change of eyewear!

Top 10 TV Characters with Glasses

  1. Who wouldn’t want to be Liz Lemon? This 30 Rock character is beautiful, successful and head writer on one of the hottest television shows on NBC. She’s also neurotic, insecure, and self-conscious. Either way, you can look like the head writer of TGS with Tracy Jordan with the Corinne McCormack Nicole Readers. These oval tortoise frames, similar to the glasses Tina Fey wears in the show, will make you feel just as much of a train-wreck as Liz.
  2. Without his glasses, he is Superman. With them, Clark Kent is a mild-mannered reporter who has a 70-year history of being known for his dark frames. Just as the interpretation of Clark Kent has changed over the years, so has his eyewear. In the Adventures of Superman TV series during the 1950s, George Reeves becomes the wisecracking, crime reporter with glasses similar to the Tommy Hilfiger 1033 Eyeglasses. Theses rounded, square-shaped frames make for a good disguise when you aren’t flying above the clouds. During the 90s with Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Dean Cain brings a new interpretation of Clark with glasses similar to the Shuron Ronsir Timberline Eyeglasses. These frames also hide his identity well, as all his coworkers come in contact with Superman many times and never recognize him.
  3. Ray-Ban RX5228 Eyeglasses

    Ray-Ban RX5228 Eyeglasses

  4. Going for the adorkable look, Jess Day in the show New Girl personifies a combination of nerdy and cutesy, whether she is narrating her life through song or donning her large fake teeth. To go along with her indie manic-pixie-dream-girl style, Jess occasionally wears some large rimmed glasses, similar to the Ray-Ban RX5228 Eyeglasses. Just when you thought that Zooey Deschanel couldn’t be any more bubbly, these rectangular frames add that extra level of quirkiness.
  5. The world of advertising in the 1960s has never been so glamorous. And with the 60s being known for the fashion decade it was, it’s only natural that the characters in Mad Men wear the iconic styles. Played by Jon Hamm, advertising executive Don Draper, in his sleek and fashionable suits styled after the era, completes the image with some vintage-style aviators, similar to the RayBan RB3136 Caravan Sunglasses. Put on these square-shaped aviators, and you too can embody the nostalgia and arrogance of the Don’s character at the same time.
  6. Cartoon characters can have bad eyesight when it is convenient for their personality and the storyline. On Scooby-Doo, Velma Dinkley‘s glasses prove that she is the smart one in all ways except figuring how not to lose her glasses every time the gang is being chased by another masked monster. Looking very similar to the Lafont Foujita Eyeglasses, these square-shaped frames give Velma the ability to solve the mystery.
  7. Luxottica LU1222T Eyeglasses

    Luxottica LU1222T Eyeglasses

  8. Most offices have that person who takes himself/herself too seriously, acts superior to coworkers and has an enduring love for the system. In The Office, Dwight Schrute, played by Rainn Wilson, is that person. In your office, that person could be you with Dwight’s glasses. Similar to the Luxottica LU1222T Eyeglasses, these frames demand respect. Now whether people actually listen to that demand is a different story.
  9. Even though Ugly Betty has been off the air for a few years, most people still remember America Ferrera’s look in the show: glasses, braces and no fashion sense. While her character evolved throughout the series, Betty‘s glasses remained constant. Similar to the Lafont Tara Eyeglasses, these red, oval frames with slightly angular sides give Betty a personality that makes her stand out.
  10. Shuron Sidewinder Eyeglasses

    Shuron Sidewinder Eyeglasses

  11. Balancing out Don’s arrogance in Mad Men is Harry Crane, played by Rich Sommer, media buyer for the advertising firm. As part of Harry’s determined personality, he wears a wayfarer-style similar to the Shuron Sidewinder Eyeglasses. The black fading to clear of these vintage-style eyewear frames will give you the power to move up in your company, just like Harry did.
  12. Eyeglasses can support the darker side of a character, as they do with Walter White in Breaking Bad. The series follows this high school chemistry teacher, played by Bryan Cranston, as he deals with lung cancer and turns to a life of crime to make money for his family. As Walter gets sicker and falls deeper into his secret life, his clothes and hair change, but his eyeglasses, similar to the Giorgio Armani 864 Eyeglasses, stay the same.
  13. Movie stars have always known how to rock sunglasses, whether in television or in their real life. That’s why Uma Thurman wears the Burberry BE4103 Sunglasses so well in the new musical drama Smash, where she plays a famous actress who wants to star as Marilyn Monroe in a Broadway musical. Thurman pulls off the look of confidence and determination in these oversized frames.
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Academy Award Nominee Eyewear Winners

With the Academy Awards just around the corner and so many movies nominated, it’s only natural that the celebrities who participated in them are staying up-to-date and stylish with hot designer sunglasses and eyeglasses.

As a result, we’ve decided to give the glasses of celebrities who will attend the Academy Awards some awards of their own. Check out the winners below!

Best Optical Style – Dolce & Gabbana DG3124 Eyeglasses

Celebrities usually don’t like to hide their faces behind eyeglasses, which is why Brad Pitt pulls off the Dolce & Gabbana DG3124 Eyeglasses so well. Nominated in the category of Best Actor in a Leading Role for the movie Moneyball, Pitt wears the frames with such assuredness that they were easily the best choice for the optical award.

Best Casual Style – Persol PO2405S Sunglasses

When looking for a casual pair of sunglasses, George Clooney chose the right ones with the Persol PO2405S Sunglasses. Nominated as the Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Descendants, Clooney enjoys a relaxing day in these small, rectangular-shaped frames.

Best Versatile Style – Burberry BE4106 Sunglasses

Jean Dujardin proves that you can take a classic and casual style and turn it into a sleek and sophisticated look with the Burberry BE4106 Sunglasses. As a nominee for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Artist, Dujardin models the pair, along with an impressive plaid suit, in a recent GQ article featuring the actor.

Academy Awards Nominee Eyewear Winners

Our eyewear picks for some of this year’s Academy Award nominees

Best Sophisticated Style – Dolce & Gabbana DG4116 Sunglasses

Nothing says sophistication and class like some lace, which is why a pair of sunglasses worn by Jessica Chastain won the award for Best Sophisticated Style. Nominated in the category of Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Help, Chastain is the epitome of sophistication with her black lace Dolce & Gabbana DG 4116 Sunglasses.

Best Unique Style – Versace VE2120 Sunglasses

Chastain, who was also in the Best Picture nominee The Tree of Life, has been seen wearing the Versace VE2120 Sunglasses as well. As modified cat-eyed frames, these sunglasses are most unique, making Chastain look modern, stylish and ready for her next movie role.

Best Classic Style – Michael Stars Flyer Sunglasses

This past fall, Brad Pitt was also spotted in the Michael Stars Flyer Sunglasses. As another member of the cast of Best Picture nominee The Tree of Life, Pitt pulls off this classic and modified aviator style with an ease that makes you think these sunglasses were made for him.

Best “On the Town” Style – Lacoste L503S Sunglasses

Planning a trip to Paris or another exotic city? The Lacoste L503S Sunglasses are perfect for a night out on the town. Adrian Brody, who played Salvador Dali in the nominee for Best Picture Midnight in Paris, has the style of an artist in these sunglasses.

Best Bold Style – Lacoste L119S Sunglasses

For the bold category, the square and aviator combination of these Lacoste L119S Sunglasses gives them an edge while the bits of color on the top brow bar and temples make them stand out. Tom Hiddleston, star of War Horse, which was nominated for Best Picture, wears these sunglasses with bold confidence.

Best Square-Retro Style – John Varvatos V768 Sunglasses

In Best Picture nominee Hugo, Jude Law wore perfectly round metal frames with a saddle bridge. Off screen he tried something different with our Best Square-Retro Style, the John Varvatos V756 Sunglasses, which make him look even sharper than usual.

Best Round-Retro Style – John Varvatos V756 Sunglasses

Winner of the round-retro category, the John Varvatos V756 Sunglasses fit perfectly on Daniel Craig’s face. Star of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which was nominated for multiple Academy Awards, Craig makes these perfectly round frames with a key-hole bridge look like star-quality sunglasses.

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Dennis Quaid Sunglasses in Soul Surfer

Expected to be this summer’s surfing hit, Soul Surfer is based on a true story about Bethany Hamilton, a teenager surfer who had her arm bitten off by a shark during a surfing incident. She overcomes severe physical and emotional odds to become a champion surfer once again.

The film is based on the autobiographic book by Bethany Hamilton, and stars Anna Sophia Robb as Bethany, Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt as her parents and Carrie Underwood. Dennis Quaid is wearing a pair of Maui Jim Kahuna sunglasses with metallic gloss copper and brown polarized lenses. You can find the sunglasses here. You can see him wearing the shades in the trailer below around :22 and 2:07.

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Lady Gaga and Polaroid introduce Camera Sunglasses

For someone who is used to having cameras snapping at them night and day, I guess it’s not surprise that Polaroid approached Lady Gaga for a camera sunglasses collab. Given that she also wears sunglasses like the rest of us wear clothes, Lady G is a prime candidate.

Polaroid recently announced that in their partnership with Gaga (she was named their Creative Director last year), they have plans to release a pair of sunglasses called the GL20, which have a built-in camera in the nose piece that allows the wearer to take pictures at will. After the pic is snapped, the LCD lenses allow the wearer to show their pics to their friends. There’s also a USB drive in the arm of the sunglasses that lets the wearer download their pictures or send them to a printer. AND the shades are Bluetooth enabled so you can send them to a printer via Bluetooth (and why not use the GL10 instant mobile printer by Gaga for this operation?). AND the lenses have high powered lasers that can burn through 10 inches of solid steel (actually this part isn’t true, but the rest is).

Lady Gaga’s G20 sunglasses have a camera and two LCD screens.

The photos are 5 megapixels and there’s a shutter button cleverly hidden on the side of the frames. The frames themselves are large, black and mysterious – total Lady Gaga style (minus the burning cigarettes).

There’s a little controversy floating around about the privacy concerns with picture-snapping shades. Remember the night vision camcorder that could see through clothes, or the camera-embedded Nano that was banned from certain gyms? Some worrisome web folks think these sunglasses fall in the same field. So what did Lady G have to say about all of this?

“You can come to one of my shows and wear them. Take pictures of me dancing on stage.”

What else can you expect from a 24-year-old mega star? Polaroid has yet to release a date that these sunglasses will be available to the public, stay tuned for more news.

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Spider-Man, U2, Broadway: Things That Do Not Belong in the Same Title

If you thought that U2 dressing up in drag for the “One” video was as weird as they were gonna get, you were wrong, my friend. “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” previewed this Sunday at the Great White Way as a Spider-Man musical, with the original soundtrack written by U2′s Bono and the Edge.

Though the actual production isn’t set to hit the stage until 1/11/11, the preview was intended to give the media a little taste and to work out the kinks. According to witnesses, the kinks were many, but that’s to be expected for a first time run of a $65 million, which is the most expensive production in Broadway history. Apparently, the musical has also been delayed several times due to technical difficulties.

Despite the huge gap in the likenesses between Spider-Man, U2 and Broadway, ever-sunglass clad Bono told MTV News, “There are lots of similarities. He grew up in Queens. We grew up on the north side of Dublin – fairly humble origins. He falls in love with the girl next door. I married the girl next door. He starts to put on a silly costume … yes.” ~ Carson Barker

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

The latest trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows is out, and it is sure to be a big hit during the holidays. This film, dubbed part one, is a 1 of 2 prequel that splits up the last book of the same name, which was published in 2007. The film was released a few day ago on Nov. 19, 2010.

In this film, Harry Potter is up against Voldemort again, whose power have grown much stronger. Voldemort has taken over the Hogwarts and Ministry of Magic, and Harry Potter and his crew must take a final stand against Voldemort to save themselves and the wizardry world.

Daniel Radcliffe reprises his role as Harry Potter, and once again he adorns the round, wire-framed Savile Row Warwick glasses by Berkshire Chase. He wears these glasses throughout most of the film, as he does the every other Harry Potter movie. You can find the glasses here. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 2 is set to be released on July 15, 2011. ~ Carson Barker

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Tory Burch, Sarah Jessica Parker and Other Celebs teaming with Google Fashion

Tory Burch will have her own shop on Google’s fashion site.

Renowned fashion celebrity Sarah Jessica Parker and fashion expert Tory Burch have joined ranks with Google to support Google’s efforts to take over the fashion e-commerce industry. The name of the site hasn’t been released yet, but word has it that www.boutiques.com will be Google’s spearhead into the fashion world.

The site will not be a direct e-commerce business, but will act as a fashion portal and direct customers to existing fashion websites. Google has asked Tony Burch, Oscar de la Renta and Marchesa to establish virtual stores inside the site to generate some buzz for its grand opening. Google has also hired Sarah Jessica Parker to build her own store on the site and help launch the new business model. Check back for more details to come, you can read more about Google’s new fashion site here. ~ Carson

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Attempting Rap Star Joaquin Phoenix to Guest on Letterman Again

If you saw the last guest appearance by Joaquin Phoenix on the David Letterman Show, I doubt that you will soon forget it. The famous (now infamous) actor from Walk the Line showed up looking like he just crawled out of a dumpster, with a shaggy beard and long unkempt hair. Even Letterman was taking continuous shots at him with comments like, “So tell us about your days with the Unabomber,” “Joaquin, I’m sorry you couldn’t be here tonight,” and other directly insulting remarks. Phoenix’s demeanor and attitude was no less nasty than his appearance. He pulled a wade of gum from his mouth and stuck it underneath Letterman’s desk, answered Letterman’s questions with long bouts of awkward silence, and eventually just trailed off like he was high as a kite.

Phoenix, who is now promoting his latest film “I’m Still Here,” is scheduled to return to the Letterman show on September 22 despite their on-screen differences during the last Letterman Show together. The film debuted last Friday, September 10 in the U.S. and is a documentary on Phoenix’s retirement from acting and attempt at a rap star career. Based on the film’s legitimacy (no one is quite sure if it is real or not), blatant drug abuse and other antics, it has received mixed reviews from the public and the press. The film was directed by Casey Affleck, brother of actor Ben Affleck and step-brother to Phoenix.

Here is a trailer of the film below, Phoenix appears to be wearing Ray-Ban Wayfarer knock-offs through most of the film (note the makeshift bandages on the sunglass arms in the promo poster.)

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