While experts are cautioning wearers of sunglasses to beware of lenses that don't cut out ultraviolet rays, fashion still plays its role in the selection of shades for summer.
Nothing clinches eyewear fashions faster than celebrity exposure.
From the time actor Tom Cruise sported black Ray-Ban Wayfarers in "Risky Business" (1983), this '50s style frame has been synonymous with COOL for everyone from teen-agers to brat-packers and beyond.
The Ray-Ban craze lingers, but according to sunglasses sellers, Cruise's new fighter-pilot look in "Top Gun" signals growing demand this summer for round aviator styles.
Beyond the Cruise cult, color, texture and combination frames all spell an adventurous chapter for shades.
Gai Gherardi, co-owner of L.A. Eyeworks on Melrose Avenue, says the combination frame--plastic at the brow and metal underneath--is the season's strongest fashion, with the plastic in yellow, red or other bright colors. She says that faux marble and abalone, matte and shiny finishes and anything in green sells briskly.