Where it stops, nobody knows. This age old rhyme (picture watching the bottle make its rounds, nervously awaiting it to land on your first tween crush) can also be said about the merry-go-round of fashion trends that continue to pop up from the past in their second or sometimes third resurrection. Remember the bell bottom jeans of the 60’s that painted the hips of the flower children? Flared jeans came back to capture the runways in the spring of 2011 and made moms around the world buzz with nostalgic excitement of youthful days spent in San Fran. Or what about the classic trench coat donned by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s that has been slightly tailored throughout the years and brought back to life by fashion icons like Alexa Chung and Kate Middleton? The trends of yesterday shape the runways of tomorrow, with a little tweaking and some fresh inspiration.
Gracing the spring /summer runways of 2011 we saw the round eye sunglasses that were truly embraced in the era of the Beatles. These catchy eye ornaments, often referred to as the John Lennon Frames, are making a comeback. A man who shaped music, fashion and history began the round eye trend starting with Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart right through to the bed-in with Yoko. The legend and his “sunnies” have prevailed through the 21st century. Not only was I raised on The Beatles, belting out “Yellow Submarine” with mom on long car-rides to summer vacation destinations, I also have a deep respect for Lennon and his vision (as well as the lenses he saw his vision through):
“Imagine all the people,
sharing all the world, you may
say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us
and the world will live as one”
We may not have achieved his dream as of yet, but his words linger in our memories as celebrities and everyday folk channel their inner-Lennon with round eye frames: