A sunglasses fashion special -- The coolest shades, from Yoko Ono to Bono

By Michele Romero
Updated July 20, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

With his ’80s-inspired venetian-blind shades, Kanye West continues in the tradition of musicians whose sunglasses are as signature as their sounds. We’ll pass on Kanye’s particular style — a good thing, since the custom-ordered Alain Mikli design set him back $1,500, and he’s ordered 150 more pairs — but take a look at these other rock & rollers’ less radical rims, fit for mere mortals.

Bootsy Collins
This P-Funker sees stars through his intergalactic eye shields. Back on our planet, try these bitsy étoile-accented frames instead (Marc by Marc Jacobs, $85, Macy’s).

Elton John
He was (Rocket) man enough to don lady-style shades back in the early ’70s, and soon the glam-rock squads followed the fetish (Dolce & Gabbana, $300, Sunglass Hut).

Be as fly as the rocker once called the Fly. His Emporio Armani (RED) frames go for $170, but ours travel at a lower elevation (Lacoste, $125, Nordstrom).

Elvis Costello
His Buddy Holly frames are synonymous with nerd chic, alternative tunes, and, of course, Buddy Holly. Donning a pair of the perennially groovy Wayfarers somehow makes everyone instantly cool (Ray-Ban, $130, Sunglass Hut).

Yoko Ono
You have to love an oversize-safety-goggle look that says ”I am a Fluxus-movement visual artist” while also serving as a subtle reminder to get screened for glaucoma (Miu Miu, $165, Miu Miu boutiques).