Monthly Archives: October 2010

  • They Live Cult Classic Without Sunglasses

    The planned remake of a 1987 cult classic called “They Live” by John Carpenter will not have the famed sunglasses. Roddy “Rowdy” Piper who starred as a drifter in this classic found nifty sunglasses which allowed him to see aliens who are living amongst humans and giving messages to humanity. The producer, Eric Newman, said that the sunglasses might not even be in the remake. Newman said that the likelihood of a homeless man being able to convince someone to wear his glasses is too farfetched, so he has enlisted the help of D.B. Weiss to explore other ideas. D.B. Weiss is the writer of the HBO mini-series called “Game of Thrones.” Some loyalists are crying foul about scrapping the sunglasses off the film. What’s your take in this latest remake news?[...]
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  • Celebrate with Chilean Miners Rescue: Wear Oakley Radar Shades

    The whole world rejoiced when the 35 Chilean miners were rescued after a two-month long imprisonment underneath the earth and to celebrate this triumph of the human spirit, Oakley donated Oakley Radar Shades with Black Iridium lenses to the miners. The miners’ eyes need to be acclimated to normal light conditions after being trapped for two months underground. Without sunglasses, the Chilean miners are in danger of suffering from solar retinopathy. This condition affects the photoreceptors of the eyes which may be damaged because of sudden light exposure. Solar retinopathy occurs when the retina inside the eyes deteriorates because of prolonged exposure to solar radiation. Retinal damage is often photochemical not thermal. Solar retinopathy is reversible after therapy of one month to a year. Protect your eyes from solar damage with our Oakley sunglasses for optimum results.[...]
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  • Autumn Sunglasses Tips

    While you might think the sunglasses are made for only summers, you just might be surprised that autumn is the perfect season to wear your sunglasses. For eyewear addicts, sunglasses are the ultimate fashion accessories. Here are a few simple tips for you to follow in wearing sunglasses.[...]
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  • Ray-Ban Wayfarers Make a Comeback

    The Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses have been manufactured by Ray-Ban since 1952, when their design was a revolutionary break from the metal eyewear of the past. Wayfarers enjoyed early popularity in the 1950s and 1960s. Though the sunglasses had faded from the limelight by the 1970s, a lucrative 1982 product placement deal brought Wayfarers to their height of popularity. Since the mid-2000s, the sunglasses have been enjoying a revival.
    Wayfarers are sometimes cited as the best-selling design of sunglasses in history[1][2] (although Ray-Ban Aviators have also been credited with this achievement[3]) and have been called a classic of modern design[4] and one of the most enduring fashion icons of the 20th century.[5]
    Design and early popularity
    Figure 1, US design patent #169,995.
    Wayfarers were designed in 1952 by optical designer Raymond Stegeman,[6][7][8] who procured dozens of patents for Bausch and Lomb, Ray-Ban's parent company.[9] The design was a radically new shape, "a mid-century classic to rival Eames chairs and Cadillac tail fins."[7] According to design critic Stephen Bayley, the "distinctive trapezoidal frame spoke a non-verbal language that hinted at unstable dangerousness, but one nicely tempered by the sturdy arms which, according to the advertising, gave the frames a 'masculine look.'"[7] Wayfarers, which took advantage of new plastic molding technology,[4][7] marked the transition between a period of eyewear with thin metal frames and an era of plastic eyewear.
    970s slump and 1980s comeback
    Classic 1980s Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses (B&L5022)
    Actor Corey Feldman wearing Wayfarers at the Academy Awards, 1989
    After Wayfarers' heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, sales declined.[7] Though Wayfarers' cultural popularity was boosted in 1980, particularly due to classic film The Blues Brothers, only 18,000 pairs were sold in 1981,[10] and Wayfarers were on the verge of discontinuation.[11]
    The sunglasses' fate was reversed, however, when in 1982 Ray-Ban signed a $50,000-a-year deal with Unique Product Placement of Burbank, California, to place Ray-Bans in movies and television shows.[10] (Between 1982 and 1987, Ray-Ban sunglasses appeared in over 60 movies and television shows per year;[10] Ray-Ban's product placement efforts have continued through 2007.[12]) Tom Cruise's wearing of Wayfarers in the 1983 movie Risky Business marked the beginning of a Wayfarers phenomenon; 360,000 pairs were sold that year.[10] By 1986, after appearances in Miami Vice, Moonlighting, and The Breakfast Club, sales had reached 1.5 million.[10] Wayfarers rose to popularity among musicians, including Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Johnny Marr,[13] Blondie's Debbie Harry,[13] Madonna, Elvis Costello,[13] Morrissey,[14] and members of U2,[13] and among other celebrities such as Jack Nicholson,[15] and even Anna Wintour.[16] Bret Easton Ellis' fiction often name-dropped references to Wayfarers,[17] and Don Henley's 1984 song "The Boys Of Summer" contained the lyric "You got that hair slicked back and those Wayfarers on, baby". Canadian pop artist Corey Hart music video Sunglasses At Night shows the artists wearing wayfarers in darkness. Ray-Ban's Wayfarer offerings expanded from two models in 1981 to more than 40 models by 1989,[18] and Wayfarers were the decade's sunglasses of choice.[19]
    [edit]1990s decline and 2001 redesign
    Ray-Ban New Wayfarer sunglasses
    As the 1990s began, the frames again became unpopular.[20] The 1950s revival that fueled the glasses' popularity in the 1980s had lost steam, and Wayfarers were outcompeted by wraparound frames.[20] In 2001, the Wayfarer underwent a significant redesign, with the frames made smaller and less angular, and changed from acetate to a lighter injected plastic.[20] The changes were intended to update the frames' style during a period of unpopularity and to make them easier to wear (the frames' previous tilt made them impossible to perch on top of one's head, for instance).[20]
    [edit]Late 2000s comeback
    Model Emina Cunmulaj wearing white Ray-Ban Wayfarers.
    Wayfarers were brought back into fashion in the late 2000s when celebrities including Chloë Sevigny and Mary-Kate Olsen began wearing vintage frames.[21][22] Ray-Ban designers soon noticed that vintage Wayfarers were commanding high prices on eBay,[20] and the 2007 re-introduction of the original Wayfarer design aimed to respond to the demand.[13][20][23] (As of 2007, Wayfarers were available in Original Wayfarer, New Wayfarer, and Wayfarer Folding styles.[24]) Ray-Ban's marketing strategy was threefold: a return to the sunglasses' original, rebellious design, an "edgy" advertising campaign and "high-profile PR events", and the use of new media like MySpace to connect with consumers.[25] Sales in 2007 were 231% greater than in 2006 at Selfridge's London;[8] as of October 2007, the Wayfarer was the Luxottica Group's third-best-selling style.[26] As of July 2008, sales had increased 40% over 2007.[8]
    As of 2008, the Wayfarer model is available in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
    [edit]Similar models and Myths
    Ray-Ban made a number of models that looked similar to the Wayfarer style, such as the "Myth" and the "Meteor".[27] By the 1960s many manufacturers of sunglasses made shades that were clearly inspired by the Ray-Ban line.
    Audrey Hepburn wearing sunglasses in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's
    In the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany's Audrey Hepburn wore oversized sunglasses that resemble the Wayfarer model quite a bit and are often mistaken for the real thing.
    John F. Kennedy wearing sunglasses while on vacation at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, August 1963.
    Other people who prominently wore sunglasses resembling Wayfarers are John F. Kennedy, Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams, Andy Warhol, Roy Orbison, and (during the later seasons of Miami Vice) Don Johnson.[28][29][30]
    During the 2000s Wayfarer revival, many sunglasses designs inspired by the original Wayfarers were produced by designers unaffiliated with Ray-Ban. Grey Ant's Grant Krajecki designed a larger, cartoonish version of the glasses "so extreme that [they] are best worn by those with a good sense of humor".[31] Sabre Vision's "Poolside" design is a smaller, thinner version that resembles "a cross between old-school Oakleys and the pair worn by Tom Cruise in 'Risky Business'".[31] Other Wayfarer-inspired sunglasses included Oliver Peoples' "Hollis", REM Eyewear's "Converse", and various designs in Juicy Couture, Hugo Boss, Kate Spade, and Marc Jacobs's 2008 lines.[26] Between July and September 2008, retailers began selling frameless Wayfarers.[32]T
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    Have you ever wondered when sunglasses with plastic frames came into the world? The first sunglasses with plastic frames is the Ray-Ban Wayfarers which was created by Ray-Ban in 1952. Before 1952, the sunglasses market were filled with sunglasses that were made with metal frames. The Ray-Ban Wayfarers was originally designed by Raymond Stegeman for Bausch and Lomb which owned Ray-Ban. The Wayfarers took advantage of new plastic moulding technology of the 1950s. The Wayfarers' revolutionary design represented excellent modern design which were attributed to the Eames chair or the Cadillac tail fins. The shape that was more trapezoidal gives the wearer an aura of danger balanced by the arms that look sturdier than the Aviators making the Wayfarers appealing to even the gentlemen.[...]
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