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High Fliers: The Aviator Sunglasses Trend

The popular shades have been spotted on Madona, Lennie Kravitz, and the cast of ‘Friends’

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Aviator shades are now on the retro-style radar. These days the sunglasses, first worn by Army flyboys in the 1930s, are all about funky details and eye-popping color. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston bestowed posh pairs of Parisian Frédéric Beausoleil’s POP1 line on the Friends cast. Other sightings: Fendi’s Elvis-inspired lookers; Nicole Miller’s Flying Aces; Versace’s Swarovski crystal versions; and classic Ray-Bans with a tinted twist. Fans of Stella McCartney’s aviators for Chloé include Lenny Kravitz, Robbie Williams, and Madonna. Now we can all be as high-flying as those Top Gun boys — and look a lot more fab doing it.

Elvis Presley wore King-size shades in his Vegas years.

CHiPs cops Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox wore standard-issue specs.

As a cocky flyboy, Top Gun‘s Tom Cruise had the look.

Stella McCartney sprinkled rhinestone hearts on aviators for Chloé.

Popster Pink sported tinted glasses on her CD cover.

Jim Carrey copped the policeman look for Me, Myself & Irene.

Mary J. Blige sings the blues.