The list goes on and on.
Designer names are the mainstay of the clothing business, and nearly every notable designer name that you can associate with fashion has found its way into the sunglass business. Even some of the very high-end names, such as Christian Dior, and Prada, have recently gained attention by launching sunglassed line.
If you crave a fix for a designer name, then you have come to the right place - the sunglass market. For even if you can't swing the cash for that Chanel suit, Armani dress, Fendi handbag, or Cartier necklace, you will find the price for their sunglasses much more palatable.
If you are looking for designer sunglasses but are unsure which name is right for you, be sure to shop at a variety of stores or one shop with a large selection so that you can try on styles from many different lines. Each designer has a certain image that he or she has created through clothing and accessory designs as well as through advertising and promotions.
Most optical shops, department stores and sunglass specialty stores will have materials in the sunglass section that portray the images of the designers' lines they feature. You can also question the sales staff about the qualities of each designer.
Certainly the true test is in trying the frames on and finding what's right for you. Some lines are more conservative, some are feminine, some are urban and cutting-edge, and some are simply but beautifully designed.
Typically, however, if you like the clothing styling from a designer you will also like their frames. Most designers maintain a large amount of control over the design, pricing and imaging of their sunglasses. This, even though the lines are produced under a license with an eyewear company that has great experience and knowledge in manufacturing and distributing eyewear. The result is a product that is right for that fashion designer and the designer's loyal customers.
In addition to the designer names on the market, there is also a variety of celebrities who have become involved in producing sunglasses.
Lauren Hutton, Britney Spears, Sophia Loren, Kathy Ireland, Cheryl Tiegs, Shari Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, Linda Evans, Donald Trump, and even George Burns and Jerry Garcia all have sunglass lines. (Most also offer eyeglasses as well.) One of the newest collections was designed in cooperation with the international actress and singer Thalia.
Each celebrity has an image created through movies, television shows and appearances, modeling, music performances and books he or she has written. The celebrity's eyewear is typically consistent with this image. Some consumers choose to go this route when purchasing sunwear because they can identify better with a celebrity than with fashion designers or their products.
What the stars are wearing
Even when celebrities are not dressed to the nines in evening gowns, when the sun's out (and, let's face it, even when it's 4am and they are stumbling out of a nightclub) they're still "wearing" their favourite designers.
We're talking sunglasses, the ultimate must-have accessory in LA, Hollywood and all of the 90210 zip code.
While we don't know of any starlets who have sworn allegiance to only one brand, three girls in particular -- Jessica Simpson, Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton -- have taken sunglass shopping to the extreme, with each owning several fancy-dancy pairs of shades. (That is, however, one addiction not currently addressed in rehab.)
Here's a look at what a select few Hollywood A- through C-listers are using to cover their eyes, along with some pictures of celebs in all their shaded glory!
Armani: Katie Holmes, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Ashley Olson, Lindsay Lohan.
Bvlgari: Tara Reid, Paris Hilton, Kate Moss, Julia Roberts, Lindsay Lohan, Kylie Minogue.
Chanel: Mary-Kate Olsen, Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton, Hilary Duff, Heather Locklear, Jennifer Garner.
Christian Dior: Halle Berry, Kate Hudson, Mischa Barton, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Cate Blanchett, Victoria Beckham.
Dolce & Gabbana: Angelina Jolie, Jessica Simpson, Zoe Saldana, Katharine McPhee, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kate Beckinsale, Avril Lavigne, Christina Applegate, Sarah Jessica Parker.
Fendi: Hayden Panettiere, Claudia Schiffer, Paris Hilton, Mischa Barton, Salma Hayek.
Gucci: Marg Helgenberger, Jessica Simpson, Carmen Electra, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Courteney Cox Arquette, Jessica Alba, Sienna Miller.
Linda Farrow: Drew Barrymore, Kirsten Dunst, Sienna Miller.
Marc Jacobs: Angelina Jolie, Christina Aguilera, Krista Allen, Becki Newton, Gwen Stefani, Victoria Beckham, Kate Bosworth.
Missoni: Gwen Stefani, Jessica Simpson, Carmen Electra.
Miyagi Eyewear: Lindsay Lohan, Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher.
Ray Bans: Scarlett Johansson, Kirsten Dunst, Sienna Miller, Mischa Barton, Lindsay Lohan, Kate Beckinsale, Kate Moss.
Roberto Cavalli: Sharon Stone, Kate Moss, Denise Richards, Sienna Miller, Beyonce, Britney Spears.
Tom Ford: Angelina Jolie, Gwen Stefani, Rachel Bilson, Jessica Biel, Drew Barrymore, Ashlee Simpson.
Versace: Halle Berry, Paris Hilton, Eva Longoria, Fergie, Naomi Campbell.