How style icons like Audrey Hepburn and Steve McQueen inspire 21st Century celebrities

Style icons and screen legends from the 1950s and 1960s are influencing the eyewear of 21st Century celebrities, according to Wirral luxury eyewear retailer Harris Opticians.

Sunglasses styles worn by 20th century style icons such as film stars Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Audrey Hepburn as well as the likes of Grace Kelly and Michael Caine are making a re-appearance on today’s celebrities.

In the last month, actress Anne Hathaway has been pictured in her Manhattan frames strolling through Heathrow arm-in-arm with her husband Adam Shulman. Fashion icon Kate Moss and actress Kate Beckinsale have also been pictured wearing Manhattans.

The glasses first found fame in the iconic 1960s film Breakfast at Tiffany’s – film and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn famously wore Oliver Goldsmith’s Manhattan frames which framed her elfin face and have never gone out of vogue since.

Oliver Goldsmith now produces one of the most historic sunglass collections and the OG ICONS are exact replicas of some of the hundreds of original OG frames the family hold in their private collection.

Screen legend Steve McQueen famously wore Persol sunglasses – a symbol of style and elegance – and they have recently been spotted on actors Ryan Gosling and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Optometrist John Harris, one of the region’s biggest independent opticians, says: “People are inspired by 20th century style icons who had a classic look which is still in vogue today. Being able to wear the same sunglasses as your screen hero is also a really easy – and cost-effective – way to identify with them.

“The Manhattan frames are such a classic style, beautifully made and suit a wide variety of face shapes, so it’s no wonder they remain a popular choice with today’s Hollywood actresses.

“Sunglasses are the first thing people notice about you and they reveal so much about your personality and your aspirations. Your choice of which brand and style to wear defines you./p>

“People can spend thousands of pounds on a sharp designer suit, a fabulous hat or a top of the range watch, but it’s the right pair of glasses which can give a person instant gravitas. And there’s nothing like copying a style icon.”

Today’s classic films are also setting eye-wear trends. Bond star Daniel Craig was spotted several times on set wearing stylish Tom Ford Snowdon frames while Rita Ora has been seen in Tom Ford Anoushka Cat Eye sunglasses.

6 of the Best

Dita – Statesman

Handmade in Japan, best-selling DITA optical made from a combination of titanium and acetate. Dita devotees include Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum and Miranda Kerr.

Oliver Goldsmith – Manhattan

Classic dark tortoise shell frames as worn by film legend Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Thom Browne – TB200

A show stopper with its leather side shields, these ladies metallic sunglasses will make you feel like a movie star.

Tom Ford – Anoushka

Large cat eye acetate ladies sunglasses. Super glamorous eyewear.

Tom Ford – Snowdon

It’s the third time Bond has worn Tom Ford sunglasses – he also wore them in Skyfall and The Quantum of Solace.

Persol – 9714S

A folding variation of the famous Steve McQueen Persol sunglasses. A design classic.

This article has been published in the latest issue of HM Magazine, available here