Film is a key platform through which we see the best and worst style choices, usually the former. Everyone has a memory of their favorite movie moment, often rooted through that action or outfit, that you haven’t stopped thinking about since. The key to those amazingly cool movie actors often lies in the eyewear. They say eyes are the window to the soul. What’s more mysterious then covering them up?
Eyewear trends of the 90s and early 00s are circling round again. Long before the majorly oversized frame was even considered, there was the rounded cat eye, tiny shades that barely covered your pupil, aviators and colored rectangular lenses.
Sure enough, almost 20 years later, we have seen such styles across Fall ’17 catwalks and on the most fashionable faces. Slowly but surely filtering into the modern day style conscience.
Here we take a look at some of the cult and classic films of the 90s and 2000s, which show that styles never truly go out, they just go into hibernation.
This almost cult classic starred baby faced Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michele Gellar and Selma Blair in the dark, humorous and at times heartbreaking coming of age film.
Although, take the phrase ‘coming of age’ with a pinch of salt, considering these trust fund brats act a lot older than they are. Forget the cast of Gossip Girl, think of them as the original young and rich upper-east siders.
The film was loosely based upon the novel ‘Dangerous Acquaintances,’ by french author Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, and follows the lives of mostly spoilt rotten teenagers and their twisted plots and plans.
With absent rich parents and their ever available bank accounts, comes seriously chic outfits. Sarah Michele Gellar never has a hair out of place as she concocts her evil plans, and to be honest, neither does Ryan.
Retro 58 – £47.60
This dramatic and emotional film starring Wyona Ryder and Angelina Jolie follows the stories of several young women who all have major mental health issues, and strike up friendships within a hospital.
It is based on the 1993 memoir by American author Susanna Kaysen and shows how in the 1960s mental health wasn’t nearly as well treated or accepted as it is today.
When Wyona’s character is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, she is sent to a women’s mental institution, where she seemingly has to choose between ‘getting better’ and the seductive pull of the charismatic, damaged bad girl that is Lisa – a diagnosed sociopath.
Angelina Jolie won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Lisa, and with her baby-bangs hairstyle and rebellious clothing and attitude, it’s no wonder the girls in the hospital all looked up to her as the antithesis of their surroundings.
Ferucci Solaire – £47.00
The Devil Wears Prada
This now iconic film starring Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci, was a shocking insight – or some might argue parody – of what it is like to work in the fashion industry.
It has everything you need for a funny yet dramatic film about fashion, the evil editor villain – Miranda Priestly, the sweet but naive one – Andy, the unlikely guardian angel – Nigel, and of course a major make over scene which sees Andy go from dressing for comfort, to dressing for fashion.
Streep as Miranda Preistly is nothing short of terrifying in this film, only accentuated by the fact this is based on a novel written by Anna Wintour’s former assistant. Proving it is possible for someone to be this scary and powerful.
Bottega Veneta – £199.36
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Based on the psychedelic novel by Hunter S. Thompson, the film and book are both sure to scramble your brain upon reading or watching.
The story follows journalist Raoul Duke, played by Jonny Depp, and his attorney Dr. Gonzo, played by Benicio Del Toro, as they drive across the desert towards Las Vegas, becoming more and more twisted as they consume more and more drugs.
Their eyewear proves to be important for two reasons: to protect themselves from the dusty desert air, and to hopefully, but not successfully, shield their give-away eyes from other peoples suspicions.
Depp’s retro style yellow lenses have seen a revival in recent month. With similar style flooding the runways and faces of the likes of Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner.
While most of us -hopefully – won’t need these shades for the same reason Depp and Toro do, it doesn’t mean we can’t revel in this retro style with a stylish upgrade.
Mr and Mrs Smith
Mr and Mrs Smith proved to be a literal and figuratively explosive film, for all the right and wrong reasons.
Brad and Angelina’s on screen chemistry is undeniable, but what sent tongues wagging were the rumors that it was also present off screen, despite him being married to Jennifer Anniston.
The film follows the lives of a seemingly normal step-ford couple, who are living secret lives from their peers, and unknowingly from each other.
Sparks and punches fly – at times quite literally – when their both their real identities are revealed. Prior to them unifying once more at the end, which apparently involves wearing his and her glasses, it’s anyones guess what is going to happen.
Drivewear DW1 – £147
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