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The Sunglasses of Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Now that we’re firmly in sunglasses season, we thought we’d turn our attention to one of the men who established shades as the effortlessly cool item they are today. Andy Warhol, take a bow.

And on the off chance you need to pick up a pair for this summer, we thought we’d run down a few of the man’s favorite frames, with a few glasses frames thrown in for good measure. And naturally, you'll want to know where you can get them...

A tour of Andy Warhol’s favorite frames, and their modern equivalents»

Last Year’s Frames


A certain kind of professorial glasses peaked around the 20s—so we’re happy to see Oliver Peoples indulging in a throwback or two. These are one of three frames from the newly launched Oliver Peoples Vintage collection—replicas of OP’s first collection in 1987, which were originally modeled after 20s-era deadstock. It boils down to intricate nosepieces and Indy-style tortoise shells frames—the opposite number to the thick-framed glasses making their way through the Williamsburgs of the world.

Rebecca Schwartz is Really Into Tropicalia


Reasons to Wear Glasses: In the latest Oliver Peoples spot, Devendra Banhardt lazes around an LA mansion, caressing his amazingly beautiful girlfriend and occasionally pausing to put on glasses. [Stereogum]

I Pitti the Uomo: Our Pitti Uomo coverage begins with this link to Tommy Ton’s exhaustive style shots… [GQ]

Isn’t it a Pitti:…continues with Esky’s multi-pronged assault on Milan… [Esquire]

You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Uomo: …before finishing with Details photoset. And maybe GQ Italy. Last one, we swear. [Details]

Future’s So Bright


It’s a little too cold to be thinking about sunglasses at the moment, but maybe we just need to think warm thoughts. And grab a good pair of sunglasses…

These come from an Oliver Peoples offshoot called Mosley Tribes, and they should be hitting stores at about the same time you’re willing to go outside again. Around the time March and April roll around, these summery shades will be finding their way into window displays, and we’ll be among the first in line. We like their gingham model too, but somehow these take the cake.

Besides, the yellow reminds us of summer.

Richardson’s Pinups, Bad Gifts, and Progressive Cuisine


Calendar Girls: Terry Richardson’s Vuitton-sponsored French Vogue calendar is as delightfully pervy as we knew it would be. [Fashionologie]

A Bad, Bad Thing: Esquire’s runs down the worst gifts of the year, inexplicably skipping the new T-Pain album. [Esquire]

Future’s So Bright: Oliver Peoples' new sunglasses will come in handy when Daylight Savings Time ends and we start seeing the sun again. [acquire]

Every Part of the Buffalo: The Jezebel girls fry up some balls. Normally we’d joke about it, but we’re still recovering from the video. [Jezebel]