“Launched in 1936, by Bausch and Lomb, the Ray-Ban Aviators is a style which is better than all its contemporaries. Made to provide a fashion quotient to the wearer the sunglasses lend an attitude of its own. Made in a variety of material like plastic other than metal, the original material, Aviators have been trendified to meet the present scenario. Celebrities like Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise have been style icons and prompted this design ever since.”
Launched in 1936, by Bausch and Lomb, the Ray-Ban Aviators is a style which is better than all its contemporaries. Made to provide a fashion quotient to the wearer the sunglasses lend an attitude of its own. Made in a variety of material like plastic other than metal, the original material, Aviators have been trendified to meet the present scenario. Celebrities like Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise have been style icons and prompted this design ever since.
As the history dates back to 1930s, when the world was unknown to the legendary style- Aviators, Bausch and Lomb came up with this epic design. The aviator sunglasses were designed for the pilots back then to protect their eyes while flying and are so named after it. Original design consisted large convex lenses to cover maximum area possible and stop light and air coming in with thin frame and double or triple bridge. The color was neutral grey and was fitted with G-15 tempered lenses.
It first featured in the newspaper where General Douglas MacArthur used them in World War II. With an aim to get a heroic feel, the general masses wanted the similar style and were made available to public one year post it was made. Aviator sunglasses were designed for both men and women.
Adopted by pop star, Michael Jackson in 1980s, the sunglasses become a craze. The durability and the uniqueness of the glasses cannot be overlooked as they were crafted to suit the rough requirements of army. Apart from a sturdy feel, these designer sunglasses lend a kind of elite and aristocratic appeal to the wearer. They definitely provide a power packed experience to the wearer and is better than any number of given wraparounds. A neat, clean and architectural look is easy with an aviator in your wardrobe. Although fashion keeps changing but aviators is the father of all other style and never runs out of fashion.
Unlike any other styles and designs in eyewear industry, Aviator sunglasses have a mass appeal to it. From a heart shape faced to a square face person, can use this cut and get a makeover instantly. From sunglasses to eyeglasses, Aviators have run down to all types of eye accessories possible. All age groups have been noted to crave for this fashion style. Defying its own siblings, the Club masters, wayfarers, myth and meteors etc. the aviator do not have to die a cyclical death ever.
High on celeb quotient too, Tom Cruise back in 80s to Johnny Depp to Salman Khan in 2000s in bollywood, the worldwide appeal has always worked for this timeless mantra.
Variety of material
Although the original style was made in metal frame and polarized lenses, the new aviators have been molded in different material and sizes. In metal, the aviators come in titanium or stainless steel or even monel. And with an aim to suit today’s requirements, they come in plastic, with material like acetate, Kevlar etc. The plastic frame helps in improving the resistance and can come in different colors as well. It suits the taste of the new generation.
So all in all the aviator sunglasses have evolved to meet the current requirements but still continues to be perennial design and rule the hearts of fashionistas and those who love to indulge in eyewear and leave a grounded impression wherever they go.