Eyecons on Eyecons

Over the years many of the world's most elegant, revered and powerful women have been photographed wearing a variety of beautiful sunglasses. Not only have these women revolutionized personal flair and style with their choice of eyewear, but they have also transcended their time and lasted throughout the ages.

In celebration of women's health and UV awareness, we are excited to showcase some of our favorite “eyeconic” women and their iconic designer sunglass frames.

See what eyeconic women in the optical industry such as Bobbi Brown, Nicole Miller, Sophia Loren, Barbara McReynolds and Gai Gherardi had to say.

Although the original function of sunglasses was to keep the sun out of your eyes and provide protection from powerful UV rays, sunglasses have also become a provocative fashion statement and one of the hottest eyewear trends. Over 96 million pairs of sunglasses were sold in 2013, and the importance of sunglasses continues to grow.

This got us thinking, what makes a woman choose her perfect pair of sunglasses from the latest collection of designer eyeglass frames and what do the sunglasses say about the woman wearing them?

Diane Von Furstenberg said, "Audrey has and always will inspire generations to come." This is true of Audrey Hepburn and true of the other eyeconic women we have selected for this piece. Co-President of Eyewear Designs Andrea Gluck said, “Sunglass frames reveal so much about a person, and show how much eyewear accessories do matter!”

Audrey Hepburn

"Audrey has and always will inspire generations to come."Diane Von Furstenberg

Click on each image below to see what each of our eyeconic women thought:

  • Nicole Miller on Audrey Hepburn

    Nicole Miller on Audrey Hepburn

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  • Bobbi Brown on Oprah Winfrey

    Bobbi Brown on Oprah Winfrey

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  • LA Eyeworks Designers on Blondie: Barbara McReynolds & Gai Gherardi

    LA Eyeworks Designers on Blondie: Barbara McReynolds & Gai Gherardi

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  • Sophia Loren on Sophia Loren

    Sophia Loren on Sophia Loren

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Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller (Audrey Hepburn 1951 image)

Nicole Miller on Audrey Hepburn

Please share in your impressions of this photo.

Definitely a cool girl! Sunglasses really make a statement and definitely present an image.

What did this photo do to eyeglass fashion at the time?  And is it relevant today?

I don’t think people wore sunglasses as commonly as they do today - so it was maybe a little bit Avant-garde – but definitely something everyone wanted to emulate.

Do the sunglasses make the person iconic OR does the person make the sunglasses iconic?

It can go both ways. I think in this picture they both are and they become synonymous.

What do the sunglass frames reveal about the person?

An air of mystery!

What sunglass frame from your collection would you select on this person today and why?

The Tompkin Sunglasses in tortoise because they look vintage inspired but still have a modern take.

Tompkin Sunglasses L'Amy America

Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown (Oprah Winfrey)

Bobbi Brown on Oprah Winfrey

Share in your impressions of this photo.

Oprah looks confident and cool in these frames. She could be hanging by the beach or shopping with Gayle. Her natural makeup look works perfectly with the bold size of the frame.

Do the sunglasses make the person iconic OR does the person make the sunglasses iconic?

The person makes the sunglasses look iconic.

What do the sunglass frames reveal about the person?

She has a big personality and feels confident rocking a strong and bold frame.

What sunglass frame from your collection would you select on this person today?

The Anna

The Anna Safilo Group

LA Eyeworks

LA Eyeworks Designers on Blondie: Barbara McReynolds & Gai Gherardi
Photographer: Greg Gorman

LA Eyeworks Designers on Blondie: Barbara McReynolds & Gai Gherardi

From fashion to music to media, Debbie Harry has questioned norms and broken boundaries throughout her iconic career. We were also challenging convention when we designed these sunglasses for l.a.Eyeworks in 1988. This was a wonderful moment when codes and genres were being undone and reassembled with incredible imagination. So, in a way, we were both on the same trajectory but coming at it from different vantage points. When the two met up with Greg Gorman's incredible artistry behind the camera, we knew instinctively the result would be timeless. While neither sunglasses nor individuals require the other to become iconic, they often happily share space together, each reinforcing the cultural value and recognition of the other.

Photographer: Greg Gorman

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren on Sophia Loren

What did this photo do to eyeglass fashion at the time and is it relevant today?

At the time, a photo like this evoked a strong feminine movement in eyeglass fashion. Luxury and drama played a big role. The drop temple seen in this photo was a real statement maker and still is.

Do the sunglasses make the person iconic OR does the person make the sunglasses iconic?

The person makes the sunglasses iconic most definitely.  I will always take pride in having the first celebrity eyewear collection.  The collection was and remains a reflection on my style: Feminine, luxurious, with a bit of drama. My eyewear is like a piece of jewelry -- an accessory that enhances the woman that wears it.

What do the sunglass frames reveal about the person?

Sunglasses reveal the wearer's personality through the frames. Sunglasses can reveal many things. They can be used to hide behind or be used to make a dramatic statement. Nothing is sexier than the bit of mystery a sunglass can evoke about the person wearing it.  My style has always been focused on the beauty and femininity of a woman, with a hint of glamour and mystery.

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  • Diane von Furstenberg
  • Nicole Miller
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Sophia Loren
  • Marchon
  • L'Amy America
  • Safilo Group
  • LA Eyeworks
  • Zyloware
  • Eyewear Designs

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