Eyeing the directors eyes
A film is nothing but the world through the director’s eyes, they say. After all, the hunky heroes and the glamorous heroines we fall in love with on-screen are an element of the director’s vision. But do you know what defines the personal style statement of the behind-the-camera heroes?
Just like their film-making styles, every director has carved a niche of their own when it comes to fashion. But one fashion accessory that you can find in every director’s wardrobe is eyewear, and our Hollywood filmmakers are trendsetters in this regard. From refined to quirky, their eyewear styles vary as much as their films do. So let’s have a look at the glasses that adorn the eyes of the maestros of the La La Land.
Auteur – that’s the first word which comes to your mind when I say Steven Spielberg. From the popular and mainstream E.T., Jaws, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, The Adventures of Tintin to the intense and thought-provoking Schindler’s List, The Color Purple, Saving Private Ryan, A.I. or the recent Lincoln, Spielberg never fails to enamour you. Same goes for his eyewear style. Refined and sleek, Spielberg loves to wear his signature metallic wire-rimmed round black eyeglasses. Although Spielberg has experimented with eyeglasses’ styles, his fascination for elegant round eyeglasses never ends.
With his latest directorial venture The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese has yet again proved that he hasn’t lost his Midas touch. His cinematic classics like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, The Departed or Hugo has charmed us over the years, and so has his style statement. The secret of his timelessly young persona lies in his trademark thick-rimmed square eyeglasses with broad temples that old Marty is never seen without. He likes his specs in classy black or dark red in colour which gives them a vintage yet voguish touch. After all, once a classic always a classic.
Known for his witty humour and heartfelt filmmaking, Woody Allen has created masterpieces over the last six decades. How can one forget his Annie Hall, Manhattan, Everyone Says I Love You, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Midnight in Paris or the latest Blue Jasmine? Like his movies, Allen’s eyeglasses too have sparked off a new trend. His thick horn-rimmed round black spectacles has been an integral part of his persona since the 1960s. Marked by their retro look and bold appearance, these nerd-chic iconic eyeglasses lend Allen an aura of classy intellect.
When it comes to flamboyance in filmmaking, no one in Hollywood can do it better than Quentin Tarantino. Known for his love for violence, gore, black humour and stylised shot-taking, Tarantino brings a riveting OTT attitude to all his films – Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained to name a few. Equally flamboyant is his eyewear style. Tarantino has a penchant for Aviator and Wayfarer sunglasses and sports them frequently. But instead of following the classic style, he modifies them according to his tastes, giving the quintessential Tarantino touch.
Master of dark Gothic cinema, the quirkiness in Tim Burton’s films spills over in his style statement too. If you’ve seen his Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows or the more recent Frankenweenie, you’d know what I mean. Be it on the shooting floor or the red carpet, Burton loves his signature goofy-yet-cool black oversized sunglasses (with blue tinted lenses most often) having exceptionally broad temples. Classic black round Wayfarers are also a favourite of the man who gave Johnny Depp some of his career-defining roles.
His films are hard-hitting and raw, but when it comes to his personal style Steven Soderbergh keeps it sober and subtle. His chunky horn-rimmed eyeglasses might appear geeky, but the maverick director pulls them off with elegance. Soderbergh has also been spotted in dark-hued rectangular frames that give his persona a cerebral look. After all, versatility is what comes naturally to the man who has dabbled successfully in both big-budget Hollywood cinema and art-house indie films such as Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Erin Brockovich, Traffic, Ocean’s Trilogy, Che or the latest Behind the Candelabra.
So are you enchanted by the eyewear styles of these maverick directors? You can own them too! I’ve googled a couple of eyeglasses and sunglasses that will boost your awesomeness. What’s your pick?