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Forensic detail is applied to costume in film and TV and practically nothing is worn without good reason; it’s a tool to tell a story after all- think of Sandy in Grease, flaunting her new found sexuality, leather-clad in that scene.
Much more subtle than a head-to-toe ensemble though are the accessories used in cinema and sunglasses might just be the most important of all. From iconic aviators to heart-shaped sunnies, here are some of the best shades from the big screen.
A young Elton John in Rocketman (2019)
Taron Egerton who plays Elton John in the movie Rocketman wore more than 70 pairs of sunnies on set, several of which are truly iconic like the light-pink, heart shaped shades that were paired with a fiery orange devil suit.
Our favourite of all though are the oversized round sunnies in light pink, they have a thick rim and a definitive retro look. They remind us a little of our popular Jana shades!
Neo in The Matrix (1999)
Science fiction franchise, The Matrix, practically invented skinny shades.
The slim, jet black shades worn by the rebels in the movies have become a favourite among those going for a 90’s cyberpunk look. You’ll find plenty of clubbers wearing them in Berlin.
A risque choice, but we simply can’t ignore those striking, heart-shaped sunnies. This comedy-drama based on the novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov depicts a complex and problematic relationship between a literature professor and a 12 year old Lolita.
Without diminishing a classic and an important literary character to flouncy, bright red, heart-shapes frames, these shades have become a signifier of a cult classic.
Frank Abagnale Jr. in Catch Me If You Can (2002)
In this captivating drama Leonardo Dicaprio plays Frank Jr, an on-the-run criminal mastermind who poses as a pilot, a doctor and a legal prosecutor. As expected, he tries on (and pulls off) a selection of different fits and costumes, but it is his take on a 60’s pilot that we loved most.
Vintage style, tortoise frames with a dark lens- yes!
Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)
We couldn’t forget this classic. In this 60’s rom com, Audrey Hepburn works a pair of Oliver Goldsmith’s Manhattan shades, which made them wildly popular and sought after.
The brand have recreated and reissued the iconic sunglasses so fans of Audrey can now emulate her unique elegance and glamour.
Ryan Gosling in Drive (2011)
What is cooler than Ryan Gosling in the driver’s seat, in a denim jacket and a pair of aviator shades? Nothing is what.
This pair of shades with a tortoise shell frame and an aviator lens are just the right amount of cool for a getaway driver and part-time stunt double.
Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator (2004)
The Aviator is a portrayal of an aviation pioneer and his colourful life. DiCaprio plays Howard Hughes – a man with big plans and a small fortune.
Against the backdrop of glamorous Hollywood, the characters’ styles certainly match with DiCaprio alternating between double breasted suits and an aviator jacket. His shades are what we’re most interested in though- a timeless circular silhouette, a dark lens and a gold frame to make them pop. We have something similar in our newest collection if you want to emulate Leonardo’s look- meet Falk!