The late Elizabeth Taylor was known for her extreme beauty, her many husbands, her two Oscars and her chic style. Born in 1932 Elizabeth Taylor lived through some of fashions most glamorous decades, which helped shape her killer style!
The 1920s and 1930s had seen the liberation of women’s fashion with shorter hemlines and loose fitting dresses, even trousers – and actresses of the 30s such as Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich would have influenced the young Elizabeth Taylor enormously. Coco Chanel would have been an early fashion favourite, as the designer pioneered comfortable yet incredibly stylish clothes for women.
In the late 40s fashion took on a more structured, sophisticated look following the war, with Christian Dior leading the way with his ‘New Look’. Worn by the likes of Veronica Lake and Rita Hayworth, the Dior label became an instant hit. By this time Taylor had become a star following her performance in the film National Velvet in 1944, and she signed a long-term contract with MGM, which brought her both fame and money.
She entered the 1950s as a young woman of wealth and could therefore afford the designer fashions of the era. Dior was a leading name in the 50s and labels such as Balenciaga, Balmain and Givenchy had emerged on the fashion scene. The style of the 50s was demure and ladylike with a bit of sex kitten thrown in for good measure. Nipped in waists were key, and big full skirts, kitten heels, little cardigans and dramatic sunglasses defined the era. Elizabeth Taylor’s slim curvacious figure suited the fashions perfectly and her beauty only served to highlight everything she wore. Taylor was also a big fan of designer sunglasses, and in particular she was fond of cats eye shaped sunglasses and oversized lenses. Of course these style of sunglasses were very popular in the 1950s and the 60s among women and are copied to this day. The recent fashion for vintage style sunglasses has seen Tom Ford, Prada and Dior all produce homages to the feline shaped lenses of the Fifties. Taylor’s film ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ is a great portrait of 50s fashion.
The 1960s was of course the decade of the mini skirt, as popularised by Mary Quant. Fashion became more colourful and fun, and the sophistication of previous era’s was laid to rest. Elizabeth Taylor’s most talked about movie ‘Cleopatra’ was released in 1963 and it was at this time that she met Richard Burton. The combination of the popularity of the film and the couple’s celebrity ‘power’ elevated Taylor’s status and as such she became a definitive symbol of the 1960s. Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses made their mark in the 60s and stars like Audrey Hepburn helped popularise their style.
During the following decades, Taylor’s acting roles began to dry up and she concentrated her efforts into raising awareness and money for HIV and Aids victims. To this day she is considered one of the worlds greatest humanitarians having raised in excess of $100 million for Aids related charities.
For all her charity work, acting and lovers, Elizabeth Taylor will always be remembered for her incandescent beauty and her incredible style.
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We really are spoiling you this season with our array of new brand’s on the site and now there is a further sought-after label to add to our list!
Yes, we are very excited to tell you that Californian sunglasses brand Oliver Peoples will soon be hitting the Shade Station shelves. This brand is a huge favourite among the A Listers and so a great opportunity to rock the celeb look in true style this season.
The Oliver Peoples sunglasses brand was founded back in 1986 and is now one of the most desired in the celebrity and fashion industry. Nowadays there are so many brands to choose from, sometimes what also makes a brand popular and interesting aside from its products are the ways in which it advertises itself, and its ability to stray away from the norm. Oliver Peoples is definitely one of those more forward-thinking brands….
…Firstly, it refuses to brand any of its sunglass designs with logos. Instead, distinctive aesthetic detail can be found in the form of hinge plaques, textured and patterned arms, unusually sculpted frames and vivid and vibrant colour combinations and textures.
Secondly, Oliver Peoples doesn’t give out its sunglasses to celebrities. Ironically because of this, Oliver Peoples sunglasses are adored and worn by many celebrities including Angelina Jolie, who has even said that the Oliver Peoples brand is her number one sunglass style choice. Goes to show that labels aren’t everything! However, Oliver Peoples does use celebrities in its advertising campaigns but these often feature surprising celebrity combinations; the most recent being actor Elijah Wood and Shirley Manson – the lead singer of Garbage. This is certainly an unusual choice but perfectly represents the dynamic and unique feel to the collection. Actress and style icon Zooey Deschanel has also been featured in an Oliver Peoples ad, and designer collaborations include Paris couture house Balmain who teamed with Oliver Peoples and have now created two sunglasses collections.
The brand has become famous for its vintage inspired styles that are highly distinctive and take inspiration from all forms of culture including fashion, music, film and art. The collection includes a variety of super luxurious and glamorous styles ranging from chic aviators and dramatically oversized designs to rounded spectacle inspired models – all with the unique Oliver Peoples aesthetic twists and fusing unusual combinations of colours, patterns and textures.
The lack of branding is to convey that the collection has been developed with each and every individual in mind. You can easily express your own style and personality through a pair of Oliver Peoples sunglasses, which has also proven a popular touch to fans of the brand Miley Cyrus, Kate Beckinsale and Jennifer Aniston.
It’s easy for fashion to become all about designer labels and therefore Oliver Peoples sunglasses are a refreshing shift away from this, whilst still offering that exquisite and luxurious designer style.
We’ll let you know when this exciting collection arrives!
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