For decades the classic ‘Teardrop’ or ‘Aviator’ style sunglasses have dominated the fashion and eyewear world with celebrities, film stars, fashionistas and the public alike all adorning these flattering and inherently alluring frames. Many brands have got in on the act including Dior Sunglasses, Gucci Sunglasses, Oliver Peoples Sunglasses, Police Sunglasses, Polo by Ralph Lauren Sunglasses, Tom Ford Sunglasses and of course the brand that started the craze; Ray Ban Sunglasses. The original Ray Ban RB3025 Aviator Sunglasses have featured in a vast array of films, TV shows and on the faces of some of the world’s most loved celebrities with the most famous appearance being made in Top Gun back in 1986. Everything about the Aviator style made them bound for success; the teardrop effect lens accentuates the natural lines on your face and will therefore suit the vast majority of people whatever their head size or shape. In this blog post we are going to explore some of the most popular Aviator models and run through exactly what makes each one so incredibly popular.
Ray Ban RB3025 - These are the grand-daddy of retro styling and stone cold cool eyewear. Back in the early 80s, sunglasses were primarily made from thick plastic which looked fantastic but were sometimes a little bit laborious if you wanted to wear them all day…enter the Aviator. Made from thin metal alloy, the frames sat comfortably on your face and never dug in thanks to their cushioned nose pads and unique shape; something that we had never seen before! Nowadays, the Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses still turn heads and look just as iconic as their 20th century ancestors.
Dior Piccadilly 2 - Dior are one of the world leaders in fashion with their designs considered to be trend-setting and their eyewear second to none. The Dior Piccadilly 2 Aviator Sunglasses use both acetate and metal alloy to amazing effect and add a touch of dimension to the already stunning design.
Gucci GG4225/S - When you hear the name Gucci you are instantly transported to images of the truly rich living in true luxury, however their sunglasses are far from inaccessible. The Gucci GG4225/S Aviator Sunglasses not only utilise the teardrop lenses and thin frames, but further improve the design by adding a feminine weave effect on the arms!
Oliver Peoples Benedict - Born on the iconic Sunset Blvd Strip in Hollywood, Oliver Peoples has expanded its horizons massively from the small boutique they had back in 1986. The Oliver Peoples Benedict Sunglasses have slightly narrower lenses to the standard Aviator style meaning that they have a more ‘wrap-around’ appearance.
Police S8299 - Police were one of the founders of vivid and colourful designer eyewear and their brand new Aviator style S8299 Sunglasses juxtapose their rich history with modern innovation. With a slightly thicker frame and extended top bar, they are a breath of fresh air in the Aviator world!
Polo by Ralph Lauren PH3056 - Part of globally renowned fashion house, Ralph Lauren, Polo has started to become a fashion stalwart of its own and the PH3056 Aviator Sunglasses prove this perfectly. Polo’s instantly recognisable logo is perched proudly on the thick arms as a sign of quality and their continued fervour for fashion excellence.
Tom Ford Cole - Tom Ford Sunglasses are so ‘on trend’ at the moment, it is difficult to keep their sunglasses in stock long enough to see the new styles! Luckily, however, we have seen the Tom Ford Cole Aviator Sunglasses and they are simply stunning. Made from both acetate and metal alloy, the top bar stands out prominently for a truly head-turning look!
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This week Spring has chosen to make an appearance and with it the sun! With the hottest day of the year so far, spirits have been lifted, winter coats abandoned and sunglasses unearthed! Rejoice!
One of the most popular sunglasses brands to tap into the current vintage zeitgeist and a huge favourite among celebs is Oliver Peoples. Founded in 1986, the company began selling original American vintage frames from the 1940s through to the 1960s. At the time Oliver Peoples stood out in the market place, as the late Eighties trend was for geometric shapes, plastic frames and futuristic styles. Creating a niche for themselves, the brand found that celebrity endorsement came easily. Stars like Michael J Fox, Brad Pitt, Sting, Bruce Willis and Sean Lennon were all early adopters of the Oliver Peoples vintage style sunglasses…
Oliver Peoples rely very heavily on the coverage it gets in the media through it’s A-List fans sporting their sunglasses. The company does little advertising, yet is a phenomenon due to it’s popularity with the cream of Hollywood. Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey Jr, Li Lo and Robert Pattinson are just a few of the stars who wear Oliver Peoples sunglasses.
Their sunnies are very popular with men and women and come in 3 different categories;
- Glamour (Female)
- Bold, Defined Acetate (Unisex)
- Double Bridge Metals (Unisex)
The Glamour shades and the Double Bridge Metal sunglasses will always be popular, as they encompass stylish oversized frames and the classic aviator styles. However the Oliver Peoples ‘Bold, Defined Acetate’ sunglasses are very of the moment. This collection harks back to the unusual shapes of yesteryear and offers some really strong looks. With the UK’s current insatiable thirst for vintage and retro accessories Oliver Peoples sunglasses really are the most amazing find!
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Earlier this week, we were very excited to announce the arrival of Oliver Peoples sunglasses and it seems like all the A Listers are also currently going mad for the brand!
A favourite among high profile celebrities and style icons in the entertainment industry, Oliver Peoples sunglasses have been seen on the likes of Robert Pattinson, Kate Beckinsale, Brad Pitt and Jay Z to name only a few.
The latest star to be seen sporting an ultra chic pair of the Oliver Peoples sunglasses is Robert Downey Jr. who is wearing the super cool and sophisticated Benedict style from the Oliver Peoples collection. The star wears the design in the forthcoming film Due Date.
Robert Downey Jr. is modelling the Benedict sunglasses on the promotional
image advertising the Due Date film, and wears the style throughout the movie. The Benedict sunglasses are an ultra chic aviator design that feature classic teardrop shaped lenses, a sleek double-bridge and a very subtly curved brow bar. As Downey Jr. demonstrates, the Benedict sunglasses provide that effortlessly cool edge to your look, are masculine, sleek and incredibly versatile!
Check out the style for yourselves – we have the Oliver Peoples Benedict sunglasses in stock in addition to a wide array of other styles from this incredibly sought-after brand.
Oliver Peoples sunglasses are a massive hit among the celebrities, are all expertly crafted and are designed to flatter a number of different face shapes. As seen on the stylish streets of LA, on the red carpet and in the movies, Oliver Peoples sunglasses are definitely this season’s hot news!
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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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