From stars and starlets | vintage glasses that shaped the cult

Besides creative Italian designers, stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, Elvis Presley, James Dean and Heino had a great influence on the cult of sunglasses. The thick black plastic glasses that protected Audrey Hepburn from staring at her in the cult film "Breakfast at Tiffany's" are celebrating a comeback today. Jackie Onassis, alias Kennedy, with her fondness for oversized black plastic glasses in the 60s look, is also back in the revival trend.

Also immortal and unforgotten is "Blues Brother" John Belushi with his cult black Wayfarer sunglasses: the large plastic frames in havana brown or black and the slightly curved upper rim of the glasses are their hallmarks. The Ray-Ban-Wayfarer was introduced in 1952, like its predecessor, the Metal Large, by the American company Bausch & Lomb as one of the first unisex models. The drop-shaped metal glasses with green lenses quickly made a worldwide career - accelerated by the film "Top Gun" with Tom Cruise. And: right now, at the beginning of the 3rd anniversary of sends, stylists and photographers are once again choosing it as the ultimate version for the stars and starlets of the day after tomorrow.

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