You need only take one look at the magazine racks lining any modern grocery store checkout to know that society’s need for celebrity news is insatiable. From the people they’re dating to the clothes that they’re wearing, we scrutinize every detail we can get our hands on in relation to the world of celebrities. Nothing has much influence on the buying trends in the fashion world than what celebrities are wearing around town, and the influence extends far beyond the clothing they don. Just as interesting to the consuming public are the handbags the celebrities are carrying and the sunglasses they are wearing. Sunglasses have become the hottest new fashion accessory – a status symbol among the rich and famous. And celebrity sunglasses have most certainly influenced the brands for which the public clamor.
Sunglasses clearly perform a very functional duty which makes them a part of our everyday routine. Sunglasses shield our eyes from the glare of bright sunlight and allow us to comfortably perform a multitude of activities during daylight hours. This actually allows us to minimize wrinkling around the eyes as we alleviate the need to squint in the face of the glaring sun. On a deeper level, sunglasses provide protection from the dangerous UV rays of the sun; rays that can cause long term damage to our eyes. For this reason, most sunglasses come with a UV protective film that covers the lenses of the sunglasses. Obviously, celebrity sunglasses are worn just as much for these reasons as any other, but in most cases, celebrities choose sunglasses that offer both functionality and form.
What differentiates celebrity sunglasses from the sunglasses most often worn by the public is the fact that celebrities have the money and ability to follow top design trends and purchase accordingly. Most of the top fashion designers of the world now produce a line of designer sunglasses – expensive, beautiful, and undeniably trend-setting. What we see on the red carpet is what we look for in our department stores; it’s that simple. Designers, of course, know this and look for ways to give celebrities pairs of their sunglasses. In turn, the celebrities act as a human billboard of sorts – promoting the brand of celebrity sunglasses simply by wearing the glasses.
And what can always be assured is that celebrities are always in need of sunglasses – for style, for function, and to help them move incognito through a public place. The need for celebrity sunglasses will always be alive and well in Hollywood, and consequently, it will always be alive in well in the shopping malls across America.