Why fake Oakleys are iconic? In the motor world, stylistic choices are looked at with a magnifying glass (never better said). Valentino Rossi has frequently used designs by Oakley, a firm of Californian origin that, since the 1970s, has produced authentic gems of sports optics such as the fake Oakleys Frogskin. Both have the brand of the house printed in a flexible design, with high performance materials, sports lines (but not ostentatious) and details in bright colors that reveal their technical origin.
Foakley sunglasses is a classic of the twentieth century that is increasingly valid among new audiences. They recognize themselves instantly, but they are not ostentatious. Because, designed for the tram drivers of Turin in 1957, they were a symbol of the sixties and have arrived untouched until today, so it seems unlikely that they will go out of fashion overnight. You will recognize them by the vertical slits of the bridge and by their metallic details in the shape of an arrow, although today the firm of American origin declines them in different versions, colors and materials.
The artist had his own line of optics in the eighties, but what matters is not the brand, but the concept. And, as a concept, Julio Iglesias has no rival. Why they are iconic. Because they synthesize what the author of ‘Hey’ symbolized for several generations of fans: Mediterranean luxury, relaxation, vividor ways and total absence of prejudices. A man who worked hard but gave the impression of always being on vacation, and whose appearance – extreme tanning, light-colored sport clothes, cheap Oakley sunglasses – reflected that ideal of cosmopolitan and luxurious leisure. Many wanted to look like him, so launching his own line of glasses seemed like a good idea.
No identifiable brand, but square frame and generous size. The image of Mastroianni with sunglasses are the genesis of that curious alliance consisting of wearing dark glasses with a tailoring suit. The most influential Italian actor (in stylistic terms) of the twentieth century enshrined the image of the gentleman dandy, something frivolous and apparently disillusioned, that hides his cynicism (and his hangover, always suffered with elegance) behind the shadow of the lenses. If you try to understand why whenever we imagine an Italian we visualize it that way, the answer is the same one that Anita Ekberg shouted in ‘La dolce vita’: “Marcello”.
Giant mount, shell-shaped lens and extravagant shapes. The knockoff Oakleys on stage are not the exclusive property of pop stars wanting to make themselves funny. Miles Davis, a true jazz legend, used to carry designs as bulky as this in his last public appearances. Today would be very difficult to take, because they are too exaggerated and do not favor too much, but the public image is what you have …
A futuristic fake Oakley sunglasses girded to the top of the head, and not to the laterals. Why they are iconic. Because all the Olympic Games have their style icons, and this Trinidad and Tobago sprinter who was silver medal in the 100 meters of Sydney 2000 became the star of those Olympics thanks to this impossible creation destined to make it even more aerodynamic (you can see that the side straps are a real drag) and, above all, hoard photographs. Its Wikipedia profile says: “Its main characteristic was the glasses that it used”. The future are of the brave.